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100% Professional Teaching Placement for students who successfully complete our degree program. Graduates choose to enter K-12 Public or Private school settings in urban, suburban, as well as rural communities.

Field Opportunities

Upon entrance into the program, students receive multiple opportunities to observe and support Milwaukee area teachers in a variety of settings to help them identify their interests and strengths within the spectrum of music teaching.

Cultural Immersion

Our program mirrors UWM’s commitment to urban education by offering diverse urban field opportunities. Students participate in a semester-long field experience focused on helping them successfully respond to different cultures in the classroom as well as develop culturally-responsive pedagogy.

Campus Chapters of Professional Organizations

Collegiate National Association for Music Education
Wisconsin Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association

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Degrees

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 Education EC-A: Choral, General

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 – COMM 103 (if COMM 101 not taken) 6
Social Science – COMM 101 (if COMM 103 not taken) 3
Social Science – ANTHRO 213, AIS 203, HIST/AIS 263 or Outreach Workshop 3
Natural Science (1 course with lab) 6
Cultural Diversity *
Required
MUSIC 310 (OWC-B) 3
EDPSY 330 3
CURRINS 545 3
EXCEDU 531, 605, or 300 3
Electives
Peck School of the Arts (3 arts areas outside department) 9
General (outside department) 6
*credit may be utilized in required curriculum areas

 

Degree Curriculum 85 Credits
Required
MUSIC 44, 52, or 56 (Performing Ensemble) 7
MUSPERF 201 or 211 Lessons in Principal Instrument 7
MUSPERF 101/111 or MUSED 331/332 Lessons in Secondary Instrument 6
MUSED 249 Diction Survey 2
MUSED 350 Introduction to Teaching Music 2
MUSED 351 Folk Instrument Techniques 2
MUSIC 353 Conducting 2
MUSIC 357 Choral Conducting 2
MUSIC 415 Choral Literature & Rehearsal 2
MUSIC 446 Vocal Pedagogy 2
MUSED 450 Field Experience in Music Ed 2
MUSED 460 Teaching Elementary: General 3
MUSED 461 Teaching Secondary: General 2
MUSED 462 Teaching Secondary: Choral 2
MUSED 477 Student Teaching: Elementary 4-5
MUSED 478 Student Teaching: Secondary 4-5
MUSED 479 Seminar in Student Teaching 1
MUSIC 660 Senior Half Recital 0
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 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 309 American Folk & Pop Music 2
Electives
MUSIC XXX Theory 3
Music Electives (Choose from Music class listings in consultation with advisor) 1

Education Certification Requirements
Pre-Professional Skills requirement (consult with advisor)
COMM 101 or 103
Act 31 Requirement (workshop OR AIS 203, ANTHRO 213, or HIST 263)
2.75 Cumulative GPA at graduation
Praxis II (consult with advisor)
Issues of Abuse Workshop (completed at student teaching orientation)
EdTPA (consult with advisor)

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) - Music Education EC-A: General

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 – COMM 103 (if COMM 101 not taken) 6
Social Science – COMM 101 (if COMM 103 not taken) 3
Social Science – ANTHRO 213, AIS 203, HIST/AIS 263 or Outreach Workshop 3
Natural Science (1 course with lab) 6
Cultural Diversity *
Required
MUSIC 310 (OWC-B) 3
EDPSY 330 3
CURRINS 545 3
EXCEDU 531, 605, or 300 3
Electives
Peck School of the Arts (3 arts areas outside department) 9
General (outside department) 6
*credit may be utilized in required curriculum areas

 

Degree Curriculum 85 Credits
Required
MUSIC XXX (Performing Ensemble, see advisor for requirements) 7
MUSPERF 2XX Lessons in Principal Instrument 7
MUSIC XXX Lessons in Secondary Instrument (see advisor for requirements) 4-8
MUSIC 150/151 Beginning/Intermediate Guitar (*excluding principal guitarists) 2-3
MUSED 350 Introduction to Teaching Music 2
MUSED 351 Folk Instrument Techniques 2
MUSIC 353 Conducting 2
MUSIC 446 Vocal Pedagogy 2
MUSED 450 Field Experience in Music Ed 2
MUSED 458 Musicals & Choirs for Young Voices 2
MUSED 460 Teaching Elementary: General 3
MUSED 461 Teaching Secondary: General 2
MUSED 477 Student Teaching: Elementary 4-5
MUSED 478 Student Teaching: Secondary 4-5
MUSED 479 Seminar in Student Teaching 1
MUSIC 660 Senior Half Recital 0
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 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 309 American Folk & Pop Music 2
Electives
MUSIC XXX Theory or Composition 3
Music Electives (Choose from Music class listings in consultation with advisor) 1-6

Education Certification Requirements
Pre-Professional Skills requirement (consult with advisor)
COMM 101 or 103
Act 31 Requirement (workshop OR AIS 203, ANTHRO 213, or HIST 263)
2.75 Cumulative GPA at graduation
Praxis II (consult with advisor)
Issues of Abuse Workshop (completed at student teaching orientation)
EdTPA (consult with advisor)

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) - Music Education EC-A: Instrumental (Winds, Brass, & Percussion), General

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 – COMM 103 (if COMM 101 not taken) 6
Social Science – COMM 101 (if COMM 103 not taken) 3
Social Science – ANTHRO 213, AIS 203, HIST/AIS 263 or Outreach Workshop 3
Natural Science (1 course with lab) 6
Cultural Diversity *
Required
MUSIC 310 (OWC-B) 3
EDPSY 330 3
CURRINS 545 3
EXCEDU 531, 605, or 300 3
Electives
Peck School of the Arts (3 arts areas outside department) 9
General (outside department) 6
*credit may be utilized in required curriculum areas

 

Degree Curriculum 85 Credits
Required
MUSIC 40, 42, or 182 (Performing Ensemble) 7
MUSPERF 11 Voice 1
MUSPERF 21 Flute 1
MUSPERF 22 Oboe & Bassoon 1
MUSPERF 23 Clarinet 1
MUSPERF 24 Saxophone 1
MUSPERF 31 Horn 1
MUSPERF 32 Trumpet 1
MUSPERF 33 Trombone 1
MUSPERF 41 Violin 1
MUSPERF 51 Percussion 1
MUSPERF 101 Lessons in Piano 2
MUSPERF 2XX Lessons in Principal Instrument 7
MUSED 350 Introduction to Teaching Music 2
MUSIC 353 Conducting 2
MUSIC 354 Instrumental Conducting 2
MUSED 450 Field Experience in Music Ed 2
MUSED 451 Teaching Instrumental Music: Elementary & Middle 2
MUSED 460 Teaching Elementary: General 3
MUSED 461 Teaching Secondary: General 2
MUSED 463 Teaching Secondary: Instrumental 2
MUSED 477 Student Teaching: Elementary 4-5
MUSED 478 Student Teaching: Secondary 4-5
MUSED 479 Seminar in Student Teaching 1
MUSIC 660 Senior Half Recital 0
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 323 Instrumentation 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 309 American Folk & Pop Music 2
Electives
Music Electives (Choose from Music class listings in consultation with advisor) 2

Education Certification Requirements
Pre-Professional Skills requirement (consult with advisor)
COMM 101 or 103
Act 31 Requirement (workshop OR AIS 203, ANTHRO 213, or HIST 263)
2.75 Cumulative GPA at graduation
Praxis II (consult with advisor)
Issues of Abuse Workshop (completed at student teaching orientation)
EdTPA (consult with advisor)

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) - Music Education EC-A: Instrumental (Strings), General

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 – COMM 103 (if COMM 101 not taken) 6
Social Science – COMM 101 (if COMM 103 not taken) 3
Social Science – ANTHRO 213, AIS 203, HIST/AIS 263 or Outreach Workshop 3
Natural Science (1 course with lab) 6
Cultural Diversity *
Required
MUSIC 310 (OWC-B) 3
EDPSY 330 3
CURRINS 545 3
EXCEDU 531, 605, or 300 3
Electives
Peck School of the Arts (3 arts areas outside department) 9
General (outside department) 6
*credit may be utilized in required curriculum areas

 

Degree Curriculum 85 Credits
Required
MUSPERF 11 Voice 1
MUSPERF 21 Flute 1
MUSPERF 23 Clarinet 1
MUSPERF 32 Trumpet 1
MUSPERF 41 Violin 1
MUSPERF 42 Viola 1
MUSPERF 43 Cello 1
MUSPERF 44 Bass 1
MUSPERF 51 Percussion 1
MUSPERF 101 Lessons in Piano 2
MUSIC 182 Symphony Orchestra 7
MUSPERF 2XX Lessons in Principal Instrument 7
MUSED 350 Introduction to Teaching Music 2
MUSIC 353 Conducting 2
MUSIC 354 Instrumental Conducting 2
MUSED 450 Field Experience in Music Ed 2
MUSED 451 Teaching Instrumental Music: Elementary & Middle 2
MUSED 452 String Pedagogy 1
MUSED 460 Teaching Elementary: General 3
MUSED 461 Teaching Secondary: General 2
MUSED 463 Teaching Secondary: Instrumental 2
MUSED 477 Student Teaching: Elementary 4-5
MUSED 478 Student Teaching: Secondary 4-5
MUSED 479 Seminar in Student Teaching 1
MUSIC 660 Senior Half Recital 0
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 323 Instrumentation 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 309 American Folk & Pop Music 2
Electives
MUSPERF 0XX 1
Music Electives (Choose from Music class listings in consultation with advisor) 1

Education Certification Requirements
Pre-Professional Skills requirement (consult with advisor)
COMM 101 or 103
Act 31 Requirement (workshop OR AIS 203, ANTHRO 213, or HIST 263)
2.75 Cumulative GPA at graduation
Praxis II (consult with advisor)
Issues of Abuse Workshop (completed at student teaching orientation)
EdTPA (consult with advisor)

Post Baccalaureate - Music Education Teaching Certification

Students who have already earned a Bachelor’s Degree in music are eligible to apply for post baccalaureate studies in music education. Through these studies, students complete remaining undergraduate coursework and requirements leading to a recommendation for certification to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to teach music in grades K-12.

Careers+Alumni

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Genevieve Michels

Music Education (Choral & General) | 2012

Muskego-Norway High School Choral Director Genevieve (Jorn) Michels received the prestigious Outstanding Young Conductor Award from the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association.

Careers

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

History & Literature
Librarianship
Musicology
Publishing
University Teaching
Writing & Journalism

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

Performance
Chamber Music
Collaborative Piano
Conducting
Early Music
Folk
Jazz
Musical Theatre
Opera Singer
Orchestral & Wind Ensemble
Recitalist
Recording Artist
Studio Musician
Woodwind Doubling

Faculty

Dedicated Music Education Faculty

profile photoJill Andersonandersjk@uwm.eduMusic 360A

Lecturer, Music Education

profile photoCatherine Bartcabart@uwm.eduMusic 360A

Associate Lecturer, Music Education

profile photoScott Corley(414) 229-5641scorley@uwm.eduZelazo 342

Assistant Director of Bands

Senior Lecturer, Instrumental Conducting

profile photoScott Emmons(414) 229-4762semm@uwm.eduArt 284

Dean, Peck School of the Arts

Professor, Music Education

profile photoSheila Feay-Shaw(414) 229-5163feayshaw@uwm.eduMusic 360C

Area Head, Music Education

Associate Professor, Music Education

profile photoJon B. Gillilandgillilaj@uwm.eduMusic 360A

Lecturer, Music Education

profile photoRodney Lorenrcloren@uwm.eduMusic 360A

Lecturer, Music Education

profile photoBeth Sacharskisacharsk@uwm.eduMusic 360A

Lecturer, Music Education

Music Faculty & Staff