Department of Music

Excellent Academics

Collaborate and excel with exceptional musicians and teachers in an inclusive academic environment. Our programs are accredited with the National Association of Schools of Music and guided by faculty from the region’s dynamic professional arts community, including the Spokane Symphony Orhestra and Chorale, the Northwest Opera; Spokane Jazz Orchestra, and many others!

Why Study Music at Eastern?

Our goal is to provide students with the highest level of musical instruction and experiences.


Scholarship Opportunities

Offering up to $170,000 in merit-based scholarships.

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Vibrant Musical Community

We work with local organizations to host musical performances.

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Excellent Job Opportunities

Our graduates have a great record of finding employment soon after graduation.

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Grants and Scholarships

We are always seeking passionate and dedicated musicians! Scholarships are determined by auditions. On-campus auditions are scheduled for February 21-22, 2020, or by appointment.

Our Mission

The EWU Music Department’s mission is to provide:

  1. the highest quality education for the music major embarking on a career as a performer, composer, educator, or scholar, and
  2. educate non-majors with music instruction in a liberal arts tradition.

The EWU music faculty combine outstanding teaching with artistic and scholarly excellence to create a superior and supportive learning environment. Our accredited programs engage students of all backgrounds and interests.

Careers in Music

Our curriculum prepares students for a wide variety
of occupational possibilities.

There are many jobs in media production that involve music production: recording, editing, mastering, and sound design.  Our new Bachelor of Arts in Music Technology and Entrepreneurship will prepare you to create your own business or find a job at a large company like Apple or Amazon.

There are also opportunities to work with more independent businesses related to recording studios, film, and media, or touring bands and ensembles. Some recent graduates with technology backgrounds in music have gone on start their graduate studies at the University of Virginia, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and Mills College.

Many EWU graduates in music composition have worked in freelance environments, especially in large cities like Seattle and Los Angeles. Others have continued their education with acceptance to graduate programs such as the University of Minnesota, University of Oregon, University of Washington, University of Arizona, NYU, University of North Texas, Temple University, Cal State Northridge, University of Idaho, and the University of Michigan.

Our nationally accredited Bachelor of Music Education (BME) Program and talented faculty generate well-prepared graduates in music education. We partner with the EWU Department of Education and area schools to create opportunities and experiences that lead to certification and endorsements. Our placement in K-12 schools is 100%. Our alumni can be found in K-12 music classrooms in districts that include Spokane, Cheney, Spokane Valley, Richland, Pasco, Kennewick, Harrington, Tekoa, Newport, Omak, Redmond, Everett, Bremerton, Aberdeen, and Vancouver!

Our Bachelor of Music Performance degrees prepare you for careers in professional ensembles, like the Spokane Symphony or Spokane Jazz orchestra. Many of our students have also been admitted to distinguished graduate programs at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music, the University of Michigan, North Texas University, U.C. Santa Barbara, University of Wisconsin, and the Cincinnati School of Music.

Music Therapy is a career field that can be accessed more broadly through our Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Music degree.  This degree offers many elective choices and opportunities to take classes related to health care.  Some of our students have started career paths by seeking graduate degrees. For example, one student was admitted to Texas Women’s University, which has one of the oldest music therapy programs in the country.

Sound Design equipment
Handwritten music notes on lined music paper
Students walk past Patterson Hall
EWU Choir singing for an audience
Closeup of the body of a violin

Music Department Concerts: Fall 2019


Music by Beethoven, Vayo and Brahms
Sunday, Sept. 29 | 3 p.m.
Music Building Recital Hall
William Conable, Cello
Scott Rednour, Piano
Admission: Free

Steinway Stars Concert
Saturday, Oct. 26 | 7 p.m.
Music Building Recital Hall
$10 General Admission; $5 Seniors & Non-students
EWU students free with ID card

Music Faculty Recital
Wednesday, Oct. 30 | Noon
Music Building Recital Hall
Admission Free

Halloween Hootenany with the Voice Area
Wednesday, Oct. 30 | 7:30 p.m.
Music Building Recital Hall
Admission Free

Cipriani Trio
Sunday, Nov. 3 | 3 p.m.
Music Building Recital Hall
Admission Free

Jazz Concert ft. Instrumental and Vocal Jazz Ensembles
Friday, Nov. 8 | 7:30 p.m.
Music Building Recital Hall
$10 General Admission; $5 Seniors & Non-students
EWU students free with ID card

Composers Forum
Tuesday, Nov. 12 | 7:30 p.m.
Music Building Recital Hall
Admission Free

Orchestra and Choir Concert
Monday, Nov. 18 | 7:30 p.m.
Music Building Recital Hall
$10 General Admission; $5 Seniors & Non-students
EWU students free with ID card

Wind Ensemble Concert
Thursday, Nov. 21 | 7:30 p.m.
Music Building Recital Hall
$10 General Admission; $5 Seniors & Non-students
EWU students free with ID card

Orchestra and Choir Concert
Monday, Nov. 25 | 7:30 p.m.
Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral, Spokane
Admission Free

Opera Workshop: 3rd Annual Pastiche
Friday, Nov. 29 | 7:30 p.m.
Music Building Recital Hall
Admission Free

Jazz Forum
Tuesday, Dec. 3 | 7:30 p.m.
Location TBA
Admission Free

Symphonic Band Concert
Wednesday, Dec. 4 | 7:30 p.m.
Music Building Recital Hall
$10 General Admission; $5 Seniors & Non-students
EWU students free with ID card

Choir Concert
Friday, Dec. 6 | 7:30 p.m.
Central Lutheran Church, Spokane
$10 General Admission; $5 Seniors & Non-students
EWU students free with ID card

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