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Turn your passion and musical talent into a professional career with our Master of Music program that offers you a variety of instrumental and vocal concentrations. Whichever one you choose, you’ll be supported by personalized attention from faculty, diverse musical experiences, and opportunities to perform and collaborate with other artists. 

Our Master of Music program offers intensive study for you to hone your skills with your voice or principal instrument. As a conservatory-style department nestled within a leading research university, our professional artist-faculty is here to inspire, support and teach you. And because we know firsthand that the music industry is highly collaborative, you’ll frequently work alongside other students, guest artists and professionals from across campus and within Wisconsin’s cultural capital.

Program Type

Master’s

Program Format

On Campus

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What it’s like to be a student at Peck School of the Arts

When you study music at the UW-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts, you’ll join a supportive and collaborative community of artists. You’ll have access to state-of-the-art facilities, including performance venues, practice rooms and recording studios. In addition to performing as soloists and in ensembles, students are provided with many opportunities to attend concerts, master classes and workshops led by world-renowned musicians and scholars. Through our strong partnerships with performance organizations in Milwaukee and the surrounding region, you’ll expand your horizons and your professional network along the way. 

But don’t take our word for it. See for yourself what it is like to be a student here by scheduling a personalized tour with one of our graduate program coordinators.

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Program Details

Our Master of Music is a comprehensive graduate program perfect for students seeking intensive study to develop skills needed for a professional career and/or preparation for advanced studies. We offer many voice or primary instrument concentrations, and you can choose to pursue two concentrations. Generally, dual concentration students take three years (six semesters) to complete the degree.

Keyboard Performance

Our keyboard performance concentration is designed for the music student with an undergraduate degree in piano who wishes to specialize as a collaborative pianist in performance and repertoire. 

View the Music, MM: Performance: Keyboard requirements.

Collaborative Piano: Instrumental

This concentration is designed for the music student with an undergraduate degree in piano who wishes to specialize as a collaborative pianist in instrumental repertoire. 

View the Music, MM: Collaborative Piano: Instrumental requirements.

Collaborative Piano: Vocal

This concentration is designed for the music student with an undergraduate degree in piano who wishes to specialize as a collaborative pianist in the vocal repertoire. 

View the Music, MM: Collaborative Piano: Vocal requirements.

Guitar Performance

This concentration is designed for the music student who wishes to concentrate primarily on the major performing skill. The student may specialize in either classical or jazz guitar. 

View the Music, MM: Performance: Guitar requirements.

String Performance

This concentration is designed for the music student who wishes to concentrate on performing skills associated with solo, chamber music and orchestral string players. 

View the Music, MM: Performance: String Emphasis requirements.

Woodwinds and Brass Performance

This concentration is designed for the music student who wishes to concentrate on performing skills associated with solo, chamber music and large ensemble woodwind or brass performers. 

View the Music, MM: Performance: Woodwinds and Brass requirements.

Percussion Performance

This concentration is designed for the music student who wishes to concentrate on performing skills associated with solo, chamber music and large ensemble percussion performers.  

View the Music, MM: Performance: Percussion requirements.

Chamber Music Performance

This concentration is designed for the instrumentalist who wishes professional training experiences in the performance of chamber repertoire through well-matched chamber ensembles from duos through large chamber ensembles. 

View the Music, MM: Chamber Music Performance requirements.

Vocal Performance

This concentration is designed for the music student who wishes to concentrate primarily on the performing skills associated with a wide range of contexts, from solo repertoire to opera. 

View the Music, MM: Performance: Vocal Emphasis requirements.

Studios & Ensembles

Our studios and ensembles are led by our renowned artist faculty who have active professional careers. Studios and ensembles are structured to offer a wide variety of training and performance opportunities for musicians of various abilities. Whatever your level of skill and interest, you’ll benefit from our studios and ensembles.

Entrance Auditions/Interviews & Admission

Peck School of the Arts undergraduate and graduate programs may require additional steps to enter. For most dance, music and theatre programs, applicants must first be accepted to UWM, apply to Peck School of the Arts and complete entrance requirements such as an audition and/or interview.

Scholarships & Aid

UW-Milwaukee and Peck School of the Arts offers a variety of cost-saving opportunities, including scholarships, grants, fellowships and residency-based tuition rates. Learn more about scholarship and aid opportunities available to you.

Graduate Assistantships

Students may be eligible to receive funding support and tuition remission through graduate assistantships. Approximately half of our students receive a teaching assistantship, which includes full tuition remission, stipend and benefits eligibility. As a Teaching Assistant, you’ll have varying assistantship responsibilities depending on degree, instrument, and experience.

Music Performances

With a season packed with music concerts, you’ll have many opportunities to put your hard work on display for live audiences in our performance venues. You can also support your fellow musicians by attending their performances and broaden your musical horizons through limited engagements from visiting artists and touring acts. Learn more about venues and performing arts events.

Student Recitals

Peck School of the Arts music students take the stage in solo and group student recitals throughout the school year. Students showcase musical technique and skill, while audience members enjoy exceptional performances by Milwaukee’s emerging musicians.

Internships & Opportunities

Located within the cultural capital of Wisconsin, students regularly perform professionally both as soloists and chamber musicians in the greater Milwaukee community while earning their degree. See where your education can take you. Learn more about internships and opportunities.

Student Organizations & Clubs

Meet like-minded people in a wide variety of student organizations and clubs who inspire creativity and will support your aspirations. Collaborate and create, network with professional artists, and deepen your connection with faculty, mentors and fellow students outside of the classroom.

Study Abroad

We believe that a complete education in the arts should take you beyond the classroom and the local community. By studying abroad, you’ll gain more than a change of scenery. You’ll embark on a transformative educational experience and bring a global perspective to your field of study. Explore upcoming trips offered in partnership with the Center for International Education.

Alumni Stories in Music

  • Chamber music festival in France featured four PSOA alumni who are also siblings 

    A harmonious blend of culture, heritage, and music painted the Loire Valley during the second annual Musiques et Vignes en Confluence, a chamber music festival in central France. Bernard Zinck (Associate Professor of Violin and Area Head of Strings and String Pedagogy) created the Musiques et Vignes en Confluence in …
  • UWM Student Kathryn Henry Singing In Met Opera Audition Finals

    Kathryn Henry confessed she felt "so many butterflies" when she walked on the Metropolitan Opera stage Sunday morning in New York. But that was just a quick look-see for Henry and other semifinalists in the national Met Auditions competition. When she returned later that day to sing, the University of …

Careers in Music

  • Accompanist
  • Acoustic Engineer
  • Arranger
  • Artist Management
  • Arts Administration
  • Audio Software Designer & Programmer
  • Audio/Visual Technician
  • Broadcast Engineer
  • Chamber Musician
  • Choral Music Educator
  • Clinician
  • Consultant
  • Collaborative Pianist
  • Community Arts Organizer
  • Composer
  • Concert Production/Promotion
  • Conductor
  • Cruise Ship Entertainer
  • Curator
  • Development Director
  • Diction Coach
  • Early Music Performer
  • Editor
  • Education Director
  • Elementary/Secondary School Teacher
  • Engraver
  • Ensemble Administration
  • Entertainer
  • Ethnomusicologist
  • Event Manager
  • Film Composer/Conductor
  • Foley Artist
  • Folk Music Performer
  • Foundation Administration
  • Instrumental Music Educator
  • Instrumental Performer
  • Instrument Repair/Restoration
  • Jazz Performer
  • Licensing Administrator
  • Luthier
  • Managing Director
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Mastering Engineer
  • Media Developer
  • Military Bands/Orchestras
  • Music Cognition (Science & Medicine)
  • Music Critic
  • Music Education Teacher
  • Music Historian
  • Music Librarian
  • Music Journalist/Blogger
  • Music Publicist
  • Music Store Owner
  • Music Supervisor
  • Music Therapist
  • Music Theorist
  • Musical Theatre Artist
  • Musicologist
  • Multimedia Artist
  • Opera Performer
  • Opera Dramaturg
  • Opera Management
  • Opera Prompter
  • Orchestral Musician
  • Outreach & Educational Programming
  • Peace Corps (Teaching Music Abroad)
  • Piano Tuner/Technician
  • Pit Musician
  • Private Studio Teacher
  • Producer
  • Program Notes Author
  • Promotion Manager
  • Publisher
  • Radio Manager/Broadcasting
  • Recitalist
  • Recording Artist
  • Record Label Administration
  • Singer/Vocalist
  • Songwriter/Lyricist
  • Sound Designer/Engineer
  • Sound Technician
  • Suzuki Instructor
  • Studio Musician
  • Talent Agent/Director
  • Television/Theatrical Composer
  • Theatre Stage Manager
  • University Administration
  • University Faculty
  • Video Game Scoring
  • Vocal Coach
  • Voice Therapist
  • Voiceover Artist
  • Wardrobe Specialist
  • Wigmaker

Program Faculty

Which faculty you have within this program is dependent upon your chosen courses or interests. For a list of all Music faculty and staff please follow the link below.


Elena Abend Headshot
  • Teaching Faculty IV, Piano
  • Area Head, Piano
  • Chamber Music Coach
Aaron Agulay HEADSHOT
  • Assistant Professor, Voice
  • Area Head, Voice & Opera
Jennifer Clippert Headshot
  • Associate Professor, Flute
  • Area Head, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion
  • Director, Graduate Studies & Flute Ensemble
  • Chamber Music Coach
Zack Durlam Headshot
  • Associate Professor, Choral Conducting
  • Director, Choral Activities, Concert Chorale, Kameraden
Sheila J Feay-Shaw HEADSHOT
  • Professor, Music Education
  • Area Head, Music Education
Thomas Gamboa HEADSHOT
  • Assistant Professor, Instrumental Conducting
  • Director, University Bands, New Music Ensemble
Kevin Hartman Headshot
  • Head of School, Peck School of the Arts
  • Professor, Trumpet
Jennifer Hutton Headshot
  • Assistant Professor, Choral Music Education
  • Director, Bella Voce
Rene Izquierdo Headshot
  • Professor, Classical Guitar
  • Area Head, Guitar
  • Director, Guitar Ensemble
  • Chamber Music Coach
Stefan Kartman Headshot
  • Professor, Cello & String Pedagogy
  • Chamber Music Coordinator
Jun Kim Headshot
  • Associate Professor, Instrumental Conducting
  • Director, Orchestral Activities
Gillian Rodger HEADSHOT
  • Professor, Musicology & Ethnomusicology
  • Chair, Department of Music
Nicki Roman Headshot
  • Assistant Professor, Saxophone
  • Director, Saxophone Ensemble
  • Chamber Music Coach
Phillip Sink Headshot
  • Assistant Professor, Composition & Technology
  • Area Head, Composition & Technology
Tim Sterner Miller Headshot
  • Teaching Faculty III, Musicology & Ethnomusicology
  • Area Head, Music History & Literature
  • Director, Early Music Ensemble
Alex Wier Headshot
  • Assistant Professor, Percussion
  • Area Head, Percussion
  • Director, Percussion Ensemble & Steel PANthers Steel Band
  • Co-Director, Community World Music Ensemble
Bernard Zinck HEADSHOT
  • Associate Professor, Violin
  • Area Head, Strings and String Pedagogy
  • Chamber Music Coach
Important Dates
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Entrance Audition
For Music BA, BFA and Masters programs in Spring and Fall 2024.

December 1, 2023
February 9, 2024
February 19, 2024
March 8, 2024
April 5, 2024
Accreditation

The Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and has been since 1964.

Contact
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Undergraduate Programs
Kay Speidel, music-admission@uwm.edu

Graduate Programs
Tim Noonan, tpnoonan@uwm.edu

General Info & Questions
Contact Form | 414-229-4763