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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: General Music

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 300, 531, 600, or 605 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
Performance Competency
MUSPERF 211 Voice, 201 Piano or 246, 247, 248 Guitar (principal instrument) 7
MUSIC 660 Senior Half Recital 0
Secondary Instrument (areas not met by Principal instrument must be completed)  7-8
MUS-ED 331 & 332 + MUSPERF 101 [2 sem] (piano)
MUSPERF 111 [4 sem] (voice)
MUS 150 [3cr] (guitar)
Performing Organizations
MUSIC 44, 50, 52, or 56 (only one ensemble per semester) 7
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 Instrumental & Choral Orchestration 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 102 American Popular Music 3
Convocation
MUSIC 106, MUSIC 107 (6 semesters) 0
Music Electives
Music Electives (Choose from Music class listings in consultation with advisor) 4-5
Music Education Core
MUS-ED 350 Introduction to Music Ed 2
MUS-ED 351 Folk Instrument Techniques 2
MUS-ED 352 Technology in Music Education 2
MUS-ED 450 Field Experience in Music Ed 2
MUS-ED 458 Musicals & Choir for Young Voices 2
MUS-ED 460 Teach Elem. General Music 3
MUS-ED 461 Teach Sec. General Music 2
Vocal Techniques
MUSIC 353 Conducting 2
MUSIC 444 Vocal Pedagogy 2
Student Teaching
MUS-ED 477 Student Teach Elementary 5
MUS-ED 478 Student Teach Secondary 4
MUS-ED 479 Seminar in Student Teach 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 from acceptance through graduation
Praxis II (consult with area head)
Issues of Abuse Workshop (completed at student teaching orientation)
EdTPA (consult with area head)

 

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

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 300, 531, 600, or 605 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
Performance Competency
MUSPERF 211 Voice or 201 Piano (principal instrument) 7
MUSIC 660 Senior Half Recital 0
Secondary Instrument (Choose from below)  4-6
MUS-ED 331 & 332 + MUSPERF 101 [2 sem] (piano)
MUSPERF 111 [4 sem] +  MUSPERF 211 [2 sem] (voice)
Performing Organizations
MUSIC 44, 50, 52, or 56 (only one ensemble per semester) 7
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 Instrumental & Choral Orchestration 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 102 American Popular Music 3
Convocation
MUSIC 106, MUSIC 107 (6 semesters) 0
Music Electives
Music Electives (Choose from Music class listings in consultation with advisor) 2-4
Music Education Core
MUS-ED 350 Introduction to Music Ed 2
MUS-ED 351 Folk Instrument Techniques 2
MUS-ED 352 Technology in Music Education 2
MUS-ED 450 Field Experience in Music Ed 2
MUS-ED 460 Teach Elem. General Music 3
MUS-ED 461 Teach Sec. General Music 2
MUS-ED 462 Teaching Secondary Choral 3
Choral/Vocal Pedagogy & Techniques
MUSIC 353 Conducting 2
MUSIC 357 Choral Conducting 2
MUSIC 444 Vocal Pedagogy 2
MUSIC 245 Basic & Italian Lyric Diction 1
MUSIC 246 German & French Lyric Diction 1
Student Teaching
MUS-ED 477 Student Teach Elementary 5
MUS-ED 478 Student Teach Secondary 4
MUS-ED 479 Seminar in Student Teach 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 from acceptance through graduation
Praxis II (consult with area head)
Issues of Abuse Workshop (completed at student teaching orientation)
EdTPA (consult with area head)

 

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

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 300, 531, 600, or 605 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
Performance Competency
MUSPERF 2XX Lessons in Principal Instrument 7
MUSIC 660 Senior Half Recital 0
MUS-ED 331 Keyboard Skills for Music Educators I 1
Performing Organizations
MUSIC 40, 42, or 182 (only one ensemble per semester) 7
Pedagogy & Techniques
MUSPERF 315 Brass Ped & Tech 3
MUSPERF 316 String Ped & Tech 3
MUSPERF 317 Woodwind Ped & Tech 3
MUSPERF 318 Percussion Ped & Tech 2
MUSPERF 319 Voice Technique for the instr 1
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 Instrumental & Choral Orchestration 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 102 American Popular Music 3
Convocation
MUSIC 106, MUSIC 107 (6 semesters) 0
Music Education Core
MUS-ED 350 Introduction to Music Ed 2
MUS-ED 352 Technology in Music Education 2
MUS-ED 450 Field Experience in Music Ed 2
MUS-ED 451 Elem/Middle Instrument Methods 2
MUS-ED 460 Teach Elem. General Music 3
MUS-ED 461 Teach Sec. General Music 2
MUS-ED 463 Teaching Instru Music Secondary 2
Conducting
MUSIC 353 Conducting 2
MUSIC 354 Instrumental Conducting 2
Student Teaching
MUS-ED 477 Student Teach Elementary 5
MUS-ED 478 Student Teach Secondary 4
MUS-ED 479 Seminar in Student Teach 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 from acceptance through graduation
Praxis II (consult with area head)
Issues of Abuse Workshop (completed at student teaching orientation)
EdTPA (consult with area head)

 

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 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 (Band, Choral, Orchestral)
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 Building/Repairing/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 (K-12)
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

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 photoMichael D. Haydenhaydenm@uwm.edu

Associate Lecturer, Music Education

profile photoRodney Lorenrcloren@uwm.eduMusic 360A

Lecturer, Music Education

profile photoBeth Sacharskisacharsk@uwm.eduMusic 360A

Lecturer, Music Education

Music Faculty & Staff