University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee


Music BA

BA Requirements
BA Curriculum
BA Course Descriptions
BA Opportunities

Music Undergraduate Handbook

The general music degree is designed specifically for students with talent and interest in music that allows them the flexibility to take a minor in another subject (such as Business) or a second major.

For Further Information

Jon Welstead, Chair
(414) 229-4594

BA Requirements

The following outline will serve as a guide in planning a major in music. Students are encouraged to consult regularly with their school and departmental advisors as well.

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of 120 credits, distributed as follows:

Requirements Credits
University Core Curriculum
Music Courses
General Electives
  120 cr. Total

University Course Requirements for the BA Degree in Music


BA Curriculum

The following Music courses are required:

Music Performance Courses, 8 cr.
A total of eight semesters of Principal Instrument studies are required.

Performance Organization, 8 cr.
A total of eight semesters of Performance Organization are required.

Music Theory, 17 cr.

Music History and Literature, 14 cr.
Introduction to World Musics (Mus 310) required.

Music Convocation, 6 semesters (no course credit).

Special Core Curriculum Requirements.

0-6 credits of foreign language, which may be fulfilled by two years of a high school course or by up to 6 credits at college level.

Suggested Course of Study


BA Course Descriptions

Music Courses
Music Performance Courses


BA Opportunities

Performance opportunities

There are more than 20 student performing groups at UWM, including the Brass Choir, Collegium Musicum, Concert Chorale, Jazz Ensemble, Music From Almost Yesterday, Contemporary Music Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Symphony Band, Symphony Orchestra, University Band, University Choir, Wind Ensemble, UWM Opera, and numerous chamber groups.

Campus Chapters of Professional Organizations

Collegiate Music Educators
American Choral Directors Association
American String Teachers Association
Delta Omicron International Music Fraterity - Delta Eta Chapter