Studies in pencil-and-paper composition cover a variety of approaches to notation, rhythm, harmony, texture, and orchestration. At the same time, electronic music courses teach students to apply current music technology to their work. Digital audio, analog synthesis, surround sound and spatialization, creative applications of recording and editing, algorithmic composition, and computer programming for audio are covered in the undergraduate electronic course series.
BFA student composers produce a concert of their works each semester through the Music From Almost Yesterday student organization, emphasizing instrumental and vocal compositions. The biannual Electroacoustic Salon concerts presents works by students enrolled in music technology courses. Additionally, the Contemporary Music Ensemble presents an annual concert of student works.
Each semester, Unruly Music presents a three-concert festival featuring guest artist, faculty, and student performances of contemporary music, spanning instrumental and vocal composition, contemporary approaches to improvisation, electroacoustic music, and multimedia.
The Milwaukee Laptop Orchestra (MiLO) is an improvisation collective fusing live electronic sound, instrumental performance, and video projection into a rich multimedia experience. The group embraces a wide variety of electronic practices: circuit-bending, software synthesis, repurposed effects pedals and portable game devices, live processing of instrumental sound, VJing, network music, and procedural animation all find their way into the mix. With student, faculty, alumni, and Milwaukee community participants, MiLO creates an energized, immersive tapestry of sound and image, all produced live and in the moment.
TORCH is the TC-11 ORCHestra – an electric ensemble with an army of iPads and a fully programmable multi-touch synth. Led by TC-11 software developer Kevin Schlei, TORCH explores the many ways that iPad synthesizer interfaces can be used in ensemble improvisation.
Explore – Specific degree information can be found in the UWM Academic Catalog along with credits, courses, admission and program requirements.
Audition – A successful audition is required prior to entry into the BA and BFA programs. View the department requirements on the admission page for more information.
Luke Wieting is a critically acclaimed, award-winning film and television composer. Luke has scored a wide variety of projects, including feature films, television shows, dance pieces, and commercials.
Careers in Music
Audio Software Designer & Programmer
Choral Music Educator
Community Arts Organizer
Conductor (Band, Choral, Orchestral)
Cruise Ship Entertainer
Early Music Performer
Elementary/Secondary School Teacher
Folk Music Performer
Instrumental Music Educator
Marketing & Sales
Music Cognition (Science & Medicine)
Music Education Teacher (K-12)
Music Store Owner
Musical Theatre Artist
Outreach & Educational Programming
Peace Corps (Teaching Music Abroad)
Private Studio Teacher
Program Notes Author
Record Label Administration
Theatre Stage Manager
Video Game Scoring
Faculty: Composition & Technology
Associate Lecturer, Composition & Theory
Associate Professor, Composition & Theory
Area Head, Theory
Senior Lecturer, Composition & Technology
Artistic Director, Sensoria: Experiments in Sound and Performance