Graduate Studies


“The Master’s program at WIU helped solidify the foundation of what I was already doing in the ‘real world’—playing and teaching. . . . All of my success is due to the education I received at WIU!” – Toby Curtright, BA, 1985; MA, 1998 Jazz Teacher and Performer



  • Choral Conducting
  • Composition
  • Instrumental Conducting
  • Instrumental Performance
  • Jazz Studies
  • Music Education
  • Musicology
  • Organ Performance
  • Piano Pedagogy
  • Piano Performance
  • Vocal Performance

Program Overview

Welcome to the School of Music at Western Illinois University! Our two-year Master of Music program offers ten different areas of specialization and a wide assortment of course offerings. Whether it’s professional training in performance, conducting, education, composition, or musicology you’re seeking, we can provide you with opportunities to work with musicians at the top of their fields. Our majors include Music Education, Performance, Piano Pedagogy, Choral and Instrumental Conducting, Music Composition, and Music History. Students can experience a high level of applied performance and academic study on a flexible schedule that includes classroom and individual instruction. The graduate program offers a challenging and exciting environment to assist you in realizing your professional goals!

Why Music at WIU?

Students have the opportunity to observe—and occasionally participate in—faculty ensembles, including the Lamoine Brass Quintet, the Camerata Woodwind Quintet, the Hopper Jazztet, and the Julstrom String Quartet. In addition, the School of Music sponsors the Al Sears Jazz Festival in the fall and the New Music Festival in the spring. The direct Amtrak service to Chicago and the proximity to other Midwestern centers allow students to experience a variety of concerts, including world-class orchestral, chamber, operatic, and jazz ensembles.

Our Faculty

The School of Music presents a rare phenomenon: students can study with full-time professionals for every voice type, instrument, and field of music. The student-teacher ratio is half the national average, and instruction is geared toward the individual student’s needs. Our faculty members perform at both regional and national levels, participate in professional conferences, and publish research and criticism in scholarly journals devoted to their respective disciplines.

Quick View

Degrees Available:

  • M.M


  • Macomb

Required GPA:

  • Cumulative: 2.75 or
  • Last 2 years: 3.0

Admission Requirements:

  • Goals Statement
  • Audition
  • Transcripts
  • Three Letters of Recommendation

Interesting Facts: Fall 2018

  • Currently enrolled: 27
  • International: 8
  • Minority: 5
  • Male: 21
  • Female: 6
  • Students with Assistantships: 23
  • Currently enrolled in the certificate program: 2

Department Contact Information:

Browne Hall 122