Welcome to Washburn's award-winning music program

This is the perfect place for students whose aspirations are high, who want professional instruction from performing artists and who are willing to dedicate their time and efforts to further develop their talents and showcase their accomplishments.

You can play a unique role in promoting and enhancing the image and prestige of the University by showcasing your talents and those of fellow music majors. The department is home to student, faculty and community-wide performances throughout the year.

Music majors can choose from several paths as they work toward a degree in music – a Bachelor of Arts in Music (BA), a Bachelor of Musical Arts (BMA) a Bachelor of Music in Music Education (BM) or a Bachelor of Music in Performance (BM).

Meet music education alumna Kristina Hernandez

As Topekan Kristina Hernandez assessed the pros and cons of the colleges she was interested in, she received a piece of mail her senior year that made the decision an easy one.

“When it was time to graduate, the clarinet professor at Washburn sent me a hand-written letter telling me that she really enjoyed getting to know me over the past few years, and that she thinks I would be such an integral part to the Music department,” Hernandez said. “That was very different from any interaction that I had with the music departments at other schools I was looking at.”

That sealed the deal for Hernandez, who went to Washburn and thrived as a music education major. She was a drum major for several years and built the foundation for a career as a band director. Hernandez currently teaches band at Jefferson County North High School in Winchester, Kansas.

“I love teaching band because you learn so many life skills,” she said.

Hernandez received numerous scholarships to help pay for college, including academic, Music department, marching band and pep band scholarships.

Cello Ensemble Performing in Chapel


Music majors and non-majors have the opportunity to experience music through their participation in performance ensembles. Ensembles are open to all Washburn students; some require auditions and some are open admission.

student playing clarinet


To become a music major or earn a scholarship, you must audition with the music department. Audition days are held several times throughout the school year; you can also send in a taped audition. Suggested audition repertoires are available.

Music instructor in front of class

Music Camps and Workshops

Washburn Music hosts several summer camps and workshops for aspiring musicians of all levels. We invite students to join us and learn from expert musicians, meet fellow students, and perform for an audience.

Music Events

Jul 26

Washburn Summer Keyboard Academy Concert The community is invited to a student gala concert featuring the next generation of talented musicians as they perform piano and organ medleys. These students will display what they learned from the Washburn Summer Keyboard Academy Camp and the... View Event : Washburn Summer Keyboard Academy Concert Event Time :  02:00 PM
White Concert Hall exterior with fountains

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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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