To Our Students,
The School of Music at Washington State University believes that Black Lives Matter. We are horrified by white supremacy and anti-Blackness; the murder of George Floyd and countless other people of color before him are a stain on our nation’s history. We are committed to being allies for marginalized communities as we work together to fight for equality. It is essential the school provide a positive environment for students, staff, and faculty of color to learn, grow, and make music. These individuals are a strong and integral part of our community and add to our collective experiences.
The School of Music is dedicated to providing opportunities for honest conversations in a safe environment and to demonstrating through our actions that Black Lives Matter.
We all need to work for change. The school pledges the following actions:
1. Allocate funds every year for ensemble directors to program and perform music from composers of color and implement special programming during Hispanic Heritage Month, the MLK holiday celebrations, and Black History Month.
2. Allocate funds every year to engage guest artists of color to educate, perform, and lead dialogues regarding music and race with our students, staff, and faculty.
3. Train all our faculty and staff in topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion every year.
4. Hold listening sessions led by a diverse panel of students, faculty, and staff of color and allies to discuss issues of music and race.
We want to hear your voices. The School of Music welcomes suggestions and feedback on our policies, procedures, and operations and how best to offer support for our students of color: our Student Advisory Board provides a digital suggestion box found here; and students can always reach out directly to me, our staff, or faculty.
I am saddened and outraged by the recent events in our country. I look forward to acting as facilitator and engaging in an inclusive process with our faculty, staff, and students to bring about change.
Director, School of Music
Washington State University
Due to staff working from home, the School of Music office will be closed beginning March 23. If you need assistance, please call 509-335-3898.
During this era of COVID-19, the only constant in music education has been the need for flexibility and understanding from teachers, students, parents, administrations, and everyone involved in music making. We cannot yet say what August will look like in our schools and music rooms, but we know that it will be quite a while before we ever return to anything we can consider normal. As your schools and programs are struggling to find the best way to serve your students and communities safely, so too are the faculty and administrators at Washington State University.
The opportunity to interact closely with instrumental teachers and students from all around the region is a highlight of each semester here at WSU and so it is with a very heavy heart that we must formally announce the cancellation of our Orchestra Festival, CMB Band Day, and WSU Marching Band Championships. We can see no scenario where we could host hundreds or thousands of students at our facilities while ensuring the safety of them, their teachers and families, and the WSU faculty involved. Although we will continue to explore virtual ways to work with you and your students, we look forward to continuing these great festivals in 2021.
Please continue to let us know how we can serve your programs, and keep us informed as to the different ways you’re able to teach music within the guidelines set forth by your schools and districts. During this difficult time, we would love to be able to share best practices with other educators as well as our future music teachers currently studying.
We wish you, your families, and your students a healthy summer and safe return to school.
Dr. Danh Pham, Orchestra Conductor and Director of Bands
Dr. Troy Bennefield, Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands
Due to COVID-19, the WSU Educational Choral Festival, currently scheduled for October 24, 2020, will not take place this year. Rather, the WSU Vocal/Choral faculty would like to offer virtual educational opportunities for teachers and students to take placed that day. We would love to engage in a dialogue about what your needs are and how we can provide you and your students with quality virtual programming. Please email Dr. Dean Luethi, Director of Choral Activities, with suggestions and requests.
Once we have an alternative program, we will distribute that information. We look forward to the return of our in-person choral festival in the fall of 2021.
WSU’s Voice Area is here to support you during this difficult time. If you would like us to create additional educational opportunities for you or your students, please let us know.
Due to Covid-19, most Spring 2020 WSU School of Music concerts will be cancelled. However, several small ensemble or solo performances will be live-streamed. Please check the School of Music Calendar for up to date information.
Thank you for your attending our performances this year and we will look forward to resuming our performances in the fall.
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The School of Music at Washington State University prepares its students to be successful, innovative, and employable musicians in a 21st-century career field.
Acting as local and global ambassadors, our students and faculty embrace the WSU land-grant mission by promoting musical curiosity, cultural awareness, and critical engagement through artistic creation, pedagogy, and scholarship.
We serve diverse communities across the wide reach of the WSU institution, through a musical practice that is fundamental to emotional wellness, constructive dialogue, and self-reflection.
A Tradition of Excellence
Established in 1901, the WSU School of Music has long been recognized for excellence in undergraduate and graduate education. Students study with an internationally recognized faculty and have access to state-of-the-art facilities.
The School of Music offers a master of arts in music, bachelor of music degrees in music education, performance, composition, and performance with an emphasis in jazz, a bachelor of arts in music, a music minor, music technology minor, and jazz minor.
WSU ensembles have performed around the world and are regularly invited to perform at prestigious concert venues and conferences across the country.
The School of Music is dedicated to educating the next generation of performers, educators and composers. Graduates of the School of Music are teaching, performing, touring and recording worldwide.
The School is proud of its near 100% placement rate for recent undergraduate music education students. Many graduates hold teaching positions in universities and schools around the country.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about our undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Be part of something remarkable at WSU and prepare for your career in music and the arts.
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