Music Honors Program

The School of Music encourages students who have demonstrated superior academic ability to participate in the music honors program. In order to enter the program, students must be juniors or seniors with a cumulative 3.0 GPA and a 3.5 GPA in music. For additional information, students should contact Dr. Dennis Loranger

School of Music Honors Program Requirements:

Eligibility Requirements

  • Junior or Senior Standing in Applied Music and Credit Hours
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 and 3.5 in Major.
  • Student may apply anytime after completion of the two year theory and literature sequence, i.e. MUS 1010,1020, 2010, 2020; MUS 1210, 1220; MUS 2010, 2020; MUS 1510,1520, 2510, 2520.

Proposal and Approval Process

  • Approval process is:
    • Student Finds a Faculty Mentor
    • A topic is developed and articulated
    • MUS 4810 paperwork is completed and submitted to School Honor’s Committee and School Director for Approval.
  • There must be a clear and suitable topic, agreeable and reasonable evaluation method, realistic goals and timeline.
  • A more detailed procedure to be determined by committee.

Academic Requirements

  • Typical projects earn between 3-6 credit hours.
  • Projects usually last 1 academic year (3 quarters/2 semesters).
  • The projects must earn an “A” or “B” as a final grade.
  • Students must complete one University Honors Seminar.
  • The final paper is limited in scope to be no more than what is required of a thesis.


  • Evaluation is articulated in the proposal outlined in the MUS 4810 paperwork and typically consists of a written paper in the form of a thesis. Some projects have had a performance component like a recital or lecture recital.
  • Satisfactory completion is determined by a grade given by project director with a Pass/Fail approval by the Honor’s Committee.

Project Oversight

  • Typically the student chooses an advisor with the consent of the Honor’s Committee.  
  • This faculty member will aid the student through the process and meet with the Committee on the student’s behalf.  
  • This mentor must be agreeable to the extra time required to see the project to completion in a timely manner.


  • Student should complete the project within one academic year, but extensions could be granted by petitioning the Honor’s Committee.
  • Typically this project is done in the Senior Year, but some students may want to start earlier with finding an advisor and developing a topic.


For more information, go to the WSU Student Handbook, University Honors Program.