The Department of Music offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Music Education. There are four concentrations within Music Education: Instrumental (Winds and Percussion) with K-12 Certification; Instrumental (Strings) with K-12 Certification; Choral with 6-12 Certification; and General Music Education with K-12 Certification.
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Music Education Requirements
The following outline will serve as a guide in planning a major in Music Education. Students are encouraged to consult regularly with their school and departmental advisors as well.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree requires completion of 125-130 credits, distributed as follows:
|University Core Curriculum||45|
|Music Courses (specified in each curriculum)
|125-130 cr. Total|
In addition, there are certain basic requirements all majors must fulfill including the Performance Organization Requirement, Recital and Convocation Attendance, the Music Performance Course Enrollment Requirements, and the Music Theory and History Requirements. Credit requirements and course sequences vary from major to major and with area of concentration within each major.
Music Education Curriculum
A curriculum in music performance, history, theory and education, and certification by the State Department of Public Instruction, that prepares the student to teach and supervise music in the public schools. There are four concentrations within Music Education; click on the links for information on individual program requirements and suggested courses of study.
Instrumental (Winds and Percussion) with K-12 Certification
Instrumental (Strings) with K-12 Certification
Choral with 6-12 Certification
General Music Education with K-12 Certification
Music Education Course Descriptions
Post Baccalaureate Studies in Music Education
Students who have already earned a BA or BFA in music are eligible to apply for post baccalaureate studies in music education. Through post baccalaureate studies, students complete remaining undergraduate level coursework and requirements leading to a recommendation for certification to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to teach music in grades K-12. Please follow the admission procedures to apply.
Music Education 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