Music - Liberal Arts


If you are interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music, get started by majoring in Liberal Arts with a focus in music at College of Western Idaho (CWI). This focus will give you a strong foundation in the fundamentals of music theory, performance, and appreciation for the historical and cultural depth of musical expression.

Taking music courses at CWI can help you prepare for transfer to other colleges, universities, and conservatories. The music focus will offer opportunities to study the intricacies of music theory and enhance your performance skills through participation in ensembles and classes.

In addition to the music course curriculum, students have the opportunity to experience first-hand professional artists and musicians through CWI’s Visiting Artist Series events. The series includes workshops, performances, and meet-and-greet events that help connect students to a wide range of talented artists. These opportunities allow for a dynamic learning experience, exposing students to diversity in the arts and music culture.

PLEASE NOTE: This degree plan is to help students plan coursework with a focus on music. Upon graduation, your degree will be in Liberal Arts and will NOT have a Music focus officially denoted on your transcript and/or degree.


The CWI Liberal Arts Program provides a broad-based learning foundation designed to prepare students for personal, communal, and global responsibility. This is accomplished through courses that cultivate critical and creative thinking, appreciation of the arts and cultures, and a more complex and complete understanding of the evolution of a global society. The music focus gives students a foundational understanding of the theoretical aspects of music and affords them performance experiences on stage and in the community. An emphasis in music will provide students with opportunities to gain a greater appreciation of the performing arts and grow in their music abilities.

Why This Program

This program prepares you to begin embarking on a career in music through foundational studies. Music majors often seek employment in music education, performance, church and parish ministries, music business and production for a growing media industry. In addition to working as professional musicians and using their knowledge and skills for personal enrichment.

Additional Opportunities

The Visiting Artist Series offers lectures and workshops free to the public each semester. Students have a unique opportunity to work in a smaller setting with professional performing artists from the Northwest.

CWI is committed to enriching the student experience through an array of clubs and student organizations. The music program encourages students to seek others with similar interests and develop clubs that cater to those interests.

The music program also hosts concert events throughout the year, such as our Faculty Recital, our “open mic” nights and other student performances.

Respectful Community

The College of Western Idaho’s programs are committed to maintaining a Respectful Community by providing equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate in services, benefits, or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, veteran status, age, or any other legally protected status.  More on Title IX

Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Associates of Arts in Liberal Arts with Music Focus


Delivery Formats:
Traditional, Hybrid, Online

Important Dates for Credit Programs

  Spring 2017 Summer 2017 Fall 2017
Registration Open November 14 April 10 April 10
Financial Aid Priority Date December 5 May 15 July 10
Admission Deadline December 30 May 19 August 4
Last Day to Register January 13 June 2 August 18
Tuition and Fees Due January 13 June 2 August 18
Classes Begin January 17* June 5* August 21
*Some classes begin before or after this date. See the class schedule for more information.


Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI One Stop Student Services offers advising assistance, to help in deciding which courses you need to take to complete your educational goals. Visit Advising for more information or contact One Stop Student Services to schedule an appointment.

Connecting With Ideas

Connecting With Ideas (CWID 101) is the first semester student success course designed to help CWI students become engaged members of the academic community and cultivate habits for lifelong achievement and success. Each semester, students can select from a variety of themes. More information about next semesters CWID 101 themes


Look beyond your degree at CWI and plan for continuing your education by working closely with CWI advising and representatives of your intended transfer school. Planning before you transfer can save you time and money. Visit Transfer Information for more information or contact One Stop Student Services.

Financial Aid Available

Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.

Career Info

Once you have an idea of the type of music career that you are most interested in, you should begin researching the exact education requirements you will need in order to be ready to enter the field. Start by looking for colleges that offer training programs specific to the profession and contact major employers to find out about their hiring preferences for entry level employees. This information will help you make wise decisions about how to properly prepare for the next stage of your career.


  • Music Education
  • Music Production
  • Music Business
  • Symphony & Orchestra
  • Professional Musician-Performers & Writers
  • Church Music Ministry
  • Music Industry Merchandising
  • Instrument Work & Development
  • Radio, Television and Web-based Media


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News and Blogs

CWI Impact - Buckets and a Budget

As a Wishing Well Fund awardee, Jeff Davis is using budget-friendly items to creatively teach music at CWI.

The CWI Foundation recently awarded more than $6,000 to the recipients of this year’s Wishing Well Fund.

CWI Impact - Making Music

Local music educator and master percussionist David Gluck held a pair of workshops at CWI’s Nampa Campus, Oct. 14-15.

CWI will welcome local music educator and master percussionist, David Gluck, to campus this weekend for free workshops and a concert.

Music instructor Jeff Davis has been selected as CWI's Faculty of Distinction for April.  

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