In cooperation with the Department of Music, the School of Information Studiesoffers a MM/MLIS coordinated degree program to prepare students for positions as music librarians.  Students in the program will concurrently pursue a Master of Music degree program (with a concentration in Music History and Literature) and a Master of Library and Information Science degree program.  Prerequisite to the award of either degree in this program is the simultaneous award of its counterpart degree.

Prospective Careers

Hundreds of colleges, universities, and public libraries possess sizable music collections and there are libraries devoted specifically to music, music research, or both. Music publishers, as well as symphony orchestras, have their own librarians. Whether for the research needs of scholars, for the practical needs of performers, or for questions from the general public, music libraries call for specially trained librarians who possess advanced knowledge and skills in both music and librarianship. There is a growing need to train information professionals to manage these collections.

Students complete all the requirements for the Master of Music with a concentration in music history and literature. The requirements vary from person to person depending on previous coursework; it is necessary for individuals to consult with the Coordinator of the Graduate Music Program to determine the requirements. Appropriate field experience for the program has taken place in the Music Collection of the UWM Library, at the Milwaukee Symphony


The MM Music/MLIS program consists of 54 credits, 24 of which are in Music.

The concentration in the MM/MLIS coordinated degree program is designed to prepare students for positions as music librarians.  For students interested in this program, all requirements and standards of the Music History and Literature concentration are exactly as described in the link below with the single exception that the 3-credit general elective requirement is replaced by a requirement of 30 credits taken in courses approved by the School of Information Studies as fulfilling requirements for the MM/MLIS program.

Orchestra Library, Milwaukee Public Library, and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.

MLIS Program Advisor

Laretta Henderson, Associate Dean/Associate Professor
Phone: (414) 229-3055

Music Program Advisor

Mitchell Brauner
Peck School of the Arts-Music 239