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    Milwaukee jazz icon Manty Ellis (guitar) in a lecture-performance for UWM students of "American Popular Music"

Music Library

Our students enjoy access to an extensive music library, including printed & digital scores, CDs, LPs, books about music, and streaming audio. In addition we help train new music librarians through our work with the Coordinated Program in Music Librarianship – a joint degree between the School of Information Studies and the Peck School of the Arts Department of Music.

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.

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Curriculum below is approved for students currently enrolled in the respective program, depending upon original date of declaration. Future adjustments for new/incoming students will be posted by Fall Semester. After reviewing, please connect with our advising office to start planning your degree path today!

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) - Music: History & Literature

A successful audition is required prior to entry into the program. View the department requirements on the admission page for more information.

University Core 45 Credits
Competencies (more info)
English Parts A & B *
Math Parts A & B *
Foreign Language *
General Education Requirements (more info)
Humanities – History 101 & 102 6
Social Science 6
Natural Science (1 course with lab) 6
Cultural Diversity *
MUSIC 310 (OWC-B) 3
Foreign Language (4 semesters of a single language, German preferred) 14
Peck School of the Arts (3 arts areas outside department) 9
General (outside Peck School of the Arts) 1
*credit may be utilized in required curriculum areas
Degree Curriculum 85 Credits
MUSIC XXX (Performing Ensemble) 4
MUSPERF 101 Lessons in Piano 2
MUSPERF 2XX Lessons in Principal Instrument 8
MUSIC 308 Selected Topics in Music History 3
MUSIC 450 Introduction to Musicology 3
MUSIC 452 Collegium Musicum 4
Convocation (6 sem. MUSIC 106, MUSIC 107) 0
Music Theory
MUSIC 123 Aural Theory I 1
MUSIC 124 Aural Theory II 1
MUSIC 127 Materials of Theory I 2
MUSIC 128 Materials of Theory II 3
MUSIC 225 Materials of Theory III (QL-B) 3
MUSIC 226 Aural Theory III 1
MUSIC 230 Form Analysis 3
MUSIC 321 Counterpoint 3
MUSIC 421 Materials of Contemporary Music 3
Music History
MUSIC 211 General History of Western Music I 3
MUSIC 212 General History of Western Music II 3
MUSIC 307 General History of Western Music III 3
Music History Electives
(Choose from below) 12
MUSIC 300 Literary Aspects of Rock & Roll
MUSIC 303 Jazz History
MUSIC 308 Selected Topics in Music History & Literature
MUSIC 311 Music of the Baroque Era
MUSIC 312 Music of the Classical Era
MUSIC 313 Music of the Romantic Era
MUSIC 314 Music Since 1900
MUSIC 317 Introduction to American Music
MUSIC 409 Folk Music in Contemporary Culture
MUSIC 410 Topics in World Music
MUSIC 680 Special Studies in Music
Music Electives 5
Electives in Related Areas (3cr from approved English composition course) 10
General Electives 5


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Justin Schell

BFA, Music History & Literature | 2005

Justin Schell is the Learning Design Specialist at the University of Michigan Library, where he is leading the development of the Shapiro Design Lab.


Arts Administration
Artist Management
Concert Production
Ensemble Administration
Foundation Administration
Marketing & Sales
Music Licensing
Music Store Owner
Outreach/Educational Programming
Record Label Administration
University Administration

Composition & Technology
Audio Software Design & Programming
Commercial Music
Contemporary Music Composition
Film, Television, Game Scoring, & Sound Design
Music Engraving
Private Instruction
Radio Broadcasting
Recording Engineering & Mastering
Technology Integration
University Teaching

History & Literature
University Teaching
Writing & Journalism

Music Education
Choral Music Educator
Education Consulting
Education Director
General Music (K-12)
Instrumental Music Educator
Music Publishing
Music Therapist
Orchestral Conductor
Private Studio Teacher
Suzuki Instructor
University Teaching

Chamber Music
Collaborative Piano
Early Music
Musical Theatre
Opera Singer
Orchestral & Wind Ensemble
Recording Artist
Studio Musician
Woodwind Doubling


Dedicated Music History & Literature Faculty

profile photoJack Forbesforbesjw@uwm.eduMusic 109

Lecturer, Musicology & Ethnomusicology

profile photoTimothy Noonan(414) 229-2286tpnoonan@uwm.eduMusic 131

Director, Graduate Advising

Senior Lecturer, Musicology & Ethnomusicology

profile photoGillian Rodgergrodger@uwm.eduMusic 235

Area Head, Music History & Literature

Director, Graduate Studies

Professor, Musicology & Ethnomusicology

profile photoTim Sterner Millertimsm@uwm.eduMusic 239

Director, Collegium Musicum

Senior Lecturer, Musicology & Ethnomusicology

Music Faculty & Staff