University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Music Education


Music Undergraduate Handbook

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.

For Further Information

Sheila J. Feay-Shaw
(414) 229-5163
feayshaw@uwm.edu

Jon Welstead, Chair
(414) 229-4594
music-info@uwm.edu

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:

Requirements Credits
University Core Curriculum 45
Music Courses (specified in each curriculum)
75-80
General Electives 0-5
  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.

Specific Degree Requirements for Music Education


Music Education Curriculum

Music Education

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

Program Requirements
Course of Study

Instrumental (Strings) with K-12 Certification

Program Requirements
Course of Study

Choral with 6-12 Certification

Program Requirements
Course of Study

General Music Education with K-12 Certification

Program Requirements
Course of Study

Music Education Course Descriptions

Music Education Courses

Music Education 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