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Music Welcome

The art of music can be either a great force for good or a great force for evil. But, when viewed as a treasured gift lovingly bestowed on humanity by God, the Creator, music becomes a sacred trust demanding reflection, understanding and stewardship if one is to maximize this gift. Since God created humankind and music, it should be the thankful joy of Christian musicians to use music in an offering of gratitude for the gift given, an offering refined through dedicated, disciplined study and informed and methodical practice. Please remember that attitude and motivation are critical factors to the success of a musician. The practice room can be a lonely place but is also the place where you develop your skills and where you demonstrate the level of dedication you have to your art. It is our desire, at Washington Adventist University, to provide you with the best possible musical education so that you might better be prepared to add your musical talents in praise of the Creator at a time when the cacophony of the human struggle tends to obliterate the rightful place of music, as extended prayer, in the world.

Eighty-two percent of the graduates of the Department of Music are either working in the field of music or are in a graduate school program. The 18 percent employed in areas other than music were in the Bachelor of Arts program, viewing music as an avocation rather than a profession.

Dr. James Bingham, Chair


  1. Mission

It is the purpose of the Department of Music to provide professional musical training reinforced by a sound general education viewed from a Seventh-day Adventist Christian perspective. Its programs are designed to provide students with a superior musical experience preparing them to be successful communicators, performers and educators. It is the desire of the faculty to present the art of music as a discipline that can ennoble the spiritual, intellectual and emotional lives of students and, by so doing, music becomes a vehicle for service and outreach to the greater community.

  1. Degrees
  1. Bachelor of Arts in Music

The Bachelor of Arts in Music is designed for students wishing a broad liberal arts education while developing musical skills at a professional, artistic level. Candidates for the B.A. in Music are required to have a second major or minor in a field that will lead to a career or further study. This requirement assures that the degree maintains an emphasis on general studies as defined within a liberal arts degree.

  1. Bachelor of Music in Music Performance

The Bachelor of Music in Music Performance is designed for individuals planning a career in music. Students wishing to enroll in this degree must have well developed performance skills before entering the University and have career goals for private studio teaching, teaching at the tertiary level, or entering the performance field.

  1. Bachelor of Music in Music Education

The Bachelor of Music in Music Education is designed for students planning a career in teaching music at the elementary and/or secondary level. The degree is predicated on the concept that an effective music educator is also an excellent musician. Therefore, the music core is academically challenging while at the same time the pedagogical aspects of teaching music are heavily emphasized. The Department of Music works in conjunction with the Department of Education to assist students in attaining this degree. At the completion of the degree a graduate will have certification through the Maryland State Department of Education and the Department of Education for the North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.


School of Arts & Social Sciences 

The School of Arts & Social Sciences offers a curriculum focused on fostering the development of the skills essential to be successful in the global service economy of the 21st Century: writing, critical thinking, debate, analysis, and an understanding and appreciation for cultural diversity.

School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness

The School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness employs a philosophy that balances practical training and theory in approaching education for future health sciences professionals. We bridge the gap between concept and practice.

School of Graduate & Professional Studies (SGPS)

For more than 30 years, WAU has been a leader in providing career building undergraduate degree programs for working professionals. WAU has continued to expand those offerings by adding graduate programs. This provides undergraduate students the opportunity to transition into graduate programs and continue to enhance their skills and competitive marketability.