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Job Placement

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.

Performance Opportunities

Explore the many opportunities that our performance areas have to offer in concentrations such as keyboard, guitar, strings, voice, and wind, brass & percussion, along with our many diverse ensembles and performing arts series.

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

Apply & Audition


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.

BFA – Music Education EC-A: General Music

BFA – Music Education EC-A: General & Choral

BFA – Music Education EC-A: General & Instrumental

Post Baccalaureate – Students who have earned a Bachelor’s Degree in music or equivalent area (subject to faculty review) 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.


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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 in Music

Acoustic Engineer
Artist Management
Arts Administration
Audio Software Designer & Programmer
Audio/Visual Technician
Broadcast Engineer
Chamber Musician
Choral Music Educator
Collaborative Pianist
Community Arts Organizer
Concert Production/Promotion
Conductor (Band, Choral, Orchestral)
Cruise Ship Entertainer
Development Director
Diction Coach
Early Music Performer
Education Director
Elementary/Secondary School Teacher
Ensemble Administration
Event Manager
Film Composer/Conductor
Foley Artist
Folk Music Performer
Foundation Administration
Instrumental Music Educator
Instrumental Performer
Instrument Building/Repairing/Restoration
Jazz Performer
Licensing Administrator
Managing Director
Marketing & Sales
Mastering Engineer
Media Developer
Military Bands/Orchestras
Music Cognition (Science & Medicine)
Music Critic
Music Education Teacher (K-12)
Music Historian
Music Librarian
Music Journalist/Blogger
Music Publicist
Music Store Owner
Music Supervisor
Music Therapist
Music Theorist
Musical Theatre Artist
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
Program Notes Author
Promotion Manager
Radio Manager/Broadcasting
Recording Artist
Record Label Administration
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


Faculty: Music Education

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

Teaching Faculty III, Instrumental Conducting

Interim Director, University Bands

Music Advisor, Youth Wind Ensemble (UWAY)

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

Associate Professor, Music Education

Area Head, Music Education

profile photoJon B. Gillilandgillilaj@uwm.eduMusic 360A

Lecturer, Music Education

profile photoJennifer Huttonhuttonj@uwm.eduMusic 159

Lecturer, Choral Music Education

Director, Bella Voce

Department & Staff