Tuition and Fees

We recognize that schooling can be costly and requires a good deal of financial planning. For this reason the below links provide up-to-date information on the most current tuition costs and fees associated with studying music at the University of Washington. Please note that the amounts provided here are current tuition and fees only. We are not able to provide cost estimates for future years, as these numbers fluctuate from year to year.


Undergraduate Tuition

Undergraduate tuition is dependent upon a student’s residency status and the number of credits for which the student is enrolled. Please visit the UW Admissions Cost of Attendance page for a detailed cost estimate for undergraduate education including tuition, undergraduate fees, supplies, and living expenses. 


Graduate Tuition

Graduate tuition is dependent upon a student’s residency status and the number of credits for which the student is enrolled. If you are unsure of your residency status, please contact the UW Graduate School


School of Music Fees

As is common with most higher education institutions, there are a variety of fees associated with studying music as a major or graduate student. Please note that fees are in addition to university-associated fees and vary depending on a student’s major area of study. Students are encouraged to carefully read over the degree requirements to calculate projected fees for their intended degree. See Undergraduate Degrees and Graduate Degrees.            

Common fees for music students include:

  • $760 – Private Lessons and Ensemble Fees (per quarter)
  • $220 – Music Education Techniques courses and Keyboard*
  • $500 – Non-major Private Lessons with faculty or a T.A.
  • Additional fees include digital music course fees and select online music courses.

*All undergraduate degrees and master's degrees in performance and in music theory require piano proficiency. Students take a placement test prior to their first quarter. Depending on placement, some students may be exempt from taking a portion of or all of the 2-year basic keyboard sequence. More information can be found on the Secondary Piano page.