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Master of Music (MM) in Performance

Our degree programs permit concentration in chamber music, collaborative piano (vocal or instrumental), guitar, instrumental, keyboard and voice.

Advanced Study in Chamber Music, Certificate

This 24-credit performer’s certificate is designed for the instrumentalist who is admitted by audition to our Leonard Sorkin International Institute of Chamber Music (ICM). The major focus is to provide professional training experiences in the performance of chamber repertoire, from traditional to contemporary works composed for duos to larger ensembles. This unique program includes a combination of weekly masterclasses, coachings, and private lessons as well as financial and facility support. Students enjoy a dedicated rehearsal and office spaces, professional mentorship, and contest travel finances in addition to generous fellowships.

Chamber Music Certificate

MM in Conducting

This concentration is designed primarily for the student with an undergraduate degree in music education or performance who wishes to pursue advanced training in choral, orchestral or wind-band conducting. Students may also elect related studies in music performance or other allied areas.

Choral Emphasis Instrumental Emphasis

MM in Music Education

This concentration is designed for practicing music educators who wish to advance their knowledge and skills in both music and music pedagogy. An undergraduate degree in music education is required with two years teaching experience in a school setting. The program is intended to build on the student’s understanding of teaching pedagogy in any area of music education (general, choral or instrumental), strengthen the philosophical underpinnings of that teaching, bring to light opportunities for action research within a school setting, and provide additional areas of exploration including applied instrumental or vocal study, conducting technique, music theory and music history.

Core music education courses are offered both in the summer and evenings, some provided in online format. Other courses are offered during the academic year in late afternoon and evening hours.

Music Education

MM in Music History & Literature

This concentration is designed primarily for students who wish to do advanced study in music history and literature. For some students, the degree is a terminal degree (for example, music teachers who may wish to pursue graduate work in music history rather than in music education), while for others it serves as preparation for the study of musicology at the doctoral level.

Music History & Literature

MM in String Pedagogy

This concentration is designed to prepare students to enter the teaching profession with a private studio or to prepare for a terminal degree (doctorate) and ultimately a career in higher education. What makes our pedagogy program unique is the combination of performance and hands-on teaching opportunities with students of all levels provided by a partnership with the String Academy of Wisconsin at UWM. Curriculum focuses on current methods such as Suzuki and Rolland, and organization teaching of instrumental technique and repertoire.

String Pedagogy

MM in Theory and Composition

This concentration is designed for the person possessing creative talent in acquiring and utilizing the techniques and craft of musical composition. We foster development in instrumental, vocal, and electroacoustic composition, with an emphasis on contemporary and experimental techniques. Interested students should preferably have experience in computer notation, midi applications, theory, literature, and analysis pedagogic areas.

Theory & Composition

MM/MLIS Coordinated Degree Program

In cooperation with the School of Information Studies, the Department of Music offers a M.M./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.

Graduating students have a 97% job placement rate

Imagine yourself in one of these recent alumni roles:

  • Collection Services Manager, Princeton University
    Arthur Mendel Music Library – Brittany Nielson ’15
  • Public Services Manager, Princeton University
    Arthur Mendel Music Library – Jennifer Meixelsperger ’15
  • Cataloging Lead, Alexander Street Press
    Academic Database Publisher – Jacqueline Brellenthin ’14
  • Collection Services Supervisor, Old Dominion University
    The Diehn Composers Room – Maddie Dietrich ’13
  • Music Library Coordinator, University of Houston
    MD Anderson Library – Stephanie Lewin-Lane – ’12

Library & Information Science, MLIS


Specific degree information and requirements can be found in the UWM Academic Catalog along with admission requirements, credits/courses, and program requirements.

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Alicia Storin

Chamber Music Certificate | 2013

“We can read history books, but the closest we can get to experiencing it would be from a composition of that time or a novel written in a particular era. It’s a personified action of what happened at that point in history and given to us in a nutshell." -Alicia Storin, founding member of the Cadance Collective and Riso Quartet


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 Graduate Faculty

profile photoJohn Climer(414) 229-5641climer@uwm.eduZelazo 348

Director of Bands

Professor, Conducting

profile photoJennifer Clippertclipperj@uwm.eduMusic 461

Area Head, Woodwinds, Brass, & Percussion

Associate Professor, Flute

Chamber Music Coach

profile photoZack Durlam(414) 229-2869durlam@uwm.eduMusic 165

Director, Choral Activities

Assistant Professor, Choral 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 photoGreg Flintgflint@uwm.eduMusic 273

Associate Professor, Horn

profile photoKevin Hartman(414) 229-3234hartman@uwm.eduMusic 260

Department Chair, Music

Professor, Trumpet

Chamber Music Coach

profile photoWilliam Heinrichsheinwill@uwm.eduMusic 231

Area Head, Theory

Associate Professor, Composition & Theory

profile photoRene Izquierdori7@uwm.eduKenilworth Square East 507

Area Head, Guitar

Associate Professor, Classical Guitar

profile photoStefan Kartmanskartman@uwm.eduMusic 245

Director, Sorkin Institute of Chamber Music

Professor, Cello & String Pedagogy

Chamber Music Coach

profile photoJun Kim(414) 229-6063kimjy@uwm.eduZelazo 354

Director, Orchestral Activities

Associate Professor, Conducting

profile photoTanya Krusetkruse@uwm.eduMusic 341

Area Head, Vocal Performance

Associate Professor, Voice & Opera Theatre

profile photoGillian Rodgergrodger@uwm.eduMusic 235

Area Head, Music History & Literature

Director, Graduate Studies

Professor, Musicology & Ethnomusicology

profile photoJon Welsteadjonw@uwm.eduMusic 130

Area Head, Composition & Technology

Professor, Composition & Theory

profile photoBernard Zinckbzinck@uwm.eduMusic 441

Area Heads, Strings

Associate Professor, Violin

Music Faculty & Staff