University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Music BFA - Performance -
Principal Instrument: Strings


Current Faculty
BFA Curriculum


Music BFA strings

The Department of Music string faculty helps students to prepare for modern, multifaceted professional careers as performers and/or teachers of chamber ensemble, orchestral, and solo repertory. The faculty comprises some of the string world’s most versatile musicians, respected as teachers and active as recitalists, soloists, and chamber musicians.

Undergraduate string students receive a thorough grounding in instrumental technique and repertory, and broad and continuous experience in performance. Teachers are continuously involved in the instruction, coaching, and performance of solo and orchestral repertory and chamber music, and students have numerous opportunities for intensive and directed exploration of the literature.

There are more than 20 performing groups at UWM, including the Symphony Orchestra, University Community Orchestra (UCO), Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, the UWM Choirs, Opera Theatre, Musical Theatre, Contemporary Music Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Brass Choir, Music from Almost Yesterday, Music on the Move, several chamber ensembles including the Leonard Sorkin International Institute of Chamber Music (ICM), and string convocation, as well as faculty, student and class recitals throughout the school year. Orchestral string players spend four years in a full symphony where they rehearse and perform symphonic, choral, and operatic repertory. Undergraduates also have two to four semesters of chamber music coaching and performance.

In addition, students have the opportunity to compete in the annual UWM and UCO concerto competitions, the Civic Music Association Collegiate Competition, and the Wisconsin NPR Neale-Silva Young Artists’ Competition in Madison. Milwaukee and the surrounding area are home to many orchestras: the internationally acclaimed Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Ballet, the Florentine Opera, as well as the Racine, Waukesha, Kenosha and Sheboygan Symphony Orchestras. Opportunities abound for qualified string players who want to audition for these performing arts organizations.

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Current Faculty


Prof. Scott Cook, cello, string pedagogy
Prof. Darcy Drexler, violin, string pedagogy
Prof. Stefan Kartman, cello, Director of the Institute for Chamber Music
Prof. Ann Lobotzke, harp
Prof. Lewis Rosove, viola
Dr. Bernard Zinck, violin, Chair of String Area

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BFA Curriculum


Freshman Year - Semester I

Cr.

MusPerf 3xx

Principal Instrument

2

MusPerf 001 or 1011

Piano

1

Music 182

Orchestra (1 cr/sem)

1

Music 269 or 270

Chamber Ensemble (1 cr/sem)

1

Music 123

Aural Theory I

1

Music 125

Keyboard Harmony I

1

Music 127

Materials of Theory I

1

Music Elective


3

Music 1072

Convocation

0

Core Curriculum


6

Total


17

Freshman Year - Semester II

Cr.

MusPerf 3xx

Principal Instrument

2

MusPerf 001 or 101

Piano

1

Music 182

Orchestra

1

Music 269 or 270

Chamber Ensemble

1

Music 124

Aural Theory II

1

Music 126

Keyboard Harmony II

1

Music 128

Materials of Theory II

2

Music or General Electives


2

Music 107

Convocation

0

Core Curriculum


6

Total


17

Sophomore Year - Semester I

Cr.

MusPerf 3xx

Principal Instrument

2

Music 182

Orchestra

1

Music 269 or 270

Chamber Ensemble

1

Music 225

Materials of Theory III

2

Music 226

Aural Theory III

1

Music 227

Keyboard Harmony III

1

Music 211

General History of Western Music I

3

Music 107

Convocation

0

Core Curriculum


3

Foreign Language3(4 cr/sem)


4

Total


18

Sophomore Year - Semester I I

Cr.

MusPerf 3xx

Principal Instrument

2

Music 182

Orchestra

1

Music 269 or 270

Chamber Ensemble

1

Music 230

Form Analysis

3

Music 212

General History of Western Music II

3

Music 107

Convocation

0

Core Curriculum


3

Foreign Language (4 cr/sem)


4

Total


17

Junior Year - Semester I

Cr.

MusPerf 4xx

Principal Instrument

2

Music 182

Orchestra

1

Music 269 or 270

Chamber Ensemble

1

Music 307

General History of Western Music III

3

Music Elective


3

Music 107

Convocation

0

Core Curriculum


3

Foreign Language (3 cr/sem)


3

Total


16

Junior Year - Semester II

Cr.

MusPerf 4xx

Principal Instrument

2

Music 182

Orchestra

1

Music 269 or 270

Chamber Ensemble

1

Music 659

Junior Recital

0

Choose one history elective

3

Music 308

Music Hist and Lit (suggested)


Music 311

Music of the Baroque Era


Music 312

Music of the Classic Era


Music 313

Music of the Romantic Era


Music 314

Music of the 20th Cent (suggested)


Music 611

Survey of Medieval Music


Music 612

Survey of Renaissance Music


Music 310

Intro to World Music (suggested)


Music 107

Convocation

0

Music or General Electives


3

Music 353

Conducting (2 cr)


Music 447

String Pedagogy (2 cr)


Music 561

Advanced Ensemble (1-3 cr)


Any course in the Music Department Core Curriculum


3

Foreign Language (3 cr. /sem)


3

Total


16

Senior Year - Semester I

Cr.

MusPerf 4xx

Principal Instrument

2

Music 182

Orchestra

1

Music 269 or 270

Chamber Ensemble

1

Choose one Theory Elective


3

Music 220

Intro to Computers and Music (suggested)


Music 327

Analog and Digital Synthesis I


Music 328

Digital Synthesis and Systems II


Music 321

Counterpoint


Music 323

Instrumentation (suggested)


Music 420

Advanced Computing and Music


Music 421

Materials of Contemp Music (suggested)


Music 680

Special Studies in Music Theory


Music or General Electives


4

Core Curriculum


4

Total


15

Senior Year - Semester II

Cr.

MusPerf 4xx

Principal Instrument

2

Music 182

Orchestra

1

Music 269 or 270

Chamber Ensemble

1

Music 660

Senior Recital

2

Music or General Electives


5

Core Curriculum


3

Total


14

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