Why study music performance at Washburn?

If your musical craft is your passion, Washburn is a great place for you to build the foundation you need to make a career out of what you love.

You can choose to focus your study on vocal or instrumental performance and you’ll study with professional musicians while having opportunities to be involved in Sunflower Music Festival, clinics, camps, and much more. Washburn music programs are nationally accredited under the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Performance degrees can be earned in the following areas: voice, piano, organ, guitar, brass, strings, percussion, or woodwinds.

Career Forecast Growing OutlookAverage Salary $65,312on campus
Students part of the orchestra give a performance

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’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 will have both a junior recital and a senior recital, and develop your own musicianship. You’ll also participate in master classes, clinics and seminars.
  • 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.

Meet Washburn music student Ty'Rese Mendez

"We connected as musicians. He's helped me grow into the musician I am today. ... I enjoy the sense of family." - Ty'Rese Mendez

Professor directs the choir during class
Marching band members cheer during a performance
Student plays a woodwind during ensemble practice
Student plays a horn outside for marching band practice.

Set for Success

CAREER FORECAST: growing outlook


Perform/compose/conduct ensembles
Recordings, competitions, and conference presentations
Master classes, clinics, and seminars
Study abroad and perform

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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