Why a Bachelor of Arts in Music at Washburn?

Washburn’s Bachelor of Arts in Music might be right for you if you want to work in the music industry, but not necessarily as a musician. If you want to write about music, research music, run a concert venue or arts organization, for example, this degree will combine the knowledge and flexibility you need.

You will perform in ensembles and demonstrate proficiency in some areas, but you will not be required to complete the full musicianship requirements of a performance degree. Washburn music programs are nationally accredited under the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Career Forecast Growing OutlookAverage Salary $65,312on campus
A student focuses on her music while playing the cello.

What sets Music at Washburn apart?

  • As an accredited program, you can be assured of the rigor of the program, the caliber of instruction you’ll receive, and the quality of facilities in which you will perform and practice.
  • You can intern or volunteer with music festivals and community music groups, including Sunflower Music Festival, summer music camps, Topeka Civic Theatre, Topeka Performing Arts Center, and more.
  • You’ll participate in ensembles right away. Because Washburn’s program is undergraduate-only, new students can get involved in big ways from their first semester.
  • You’ll be eligible for scholarships. All participants in marching band receive an additional scholarship.
  • Student clubs will help you connect with a community of musicians. You’ll have a locker, practice space, and other supports, too.

Set for Success

CAREER FORECAST: growing outlook


Intern with a local venue or festival
Recordings, competitions, and conference presentations
Master classes, clinics, and seminars
Study abroad

Student/faculty ratio


Qualities for success


Problem solving skills

Organizational and time management skills


Willingness to accept criticism


Music Program
Garvey Fine Arts Center, Room 211
Washburn University
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Phone: 785.670.1511

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