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VALUES AND EDUCATIONAL PRIORITIES

At the Mead Witter School of Music

  • we teach by example, offering participatory, mentor-driven education;
  • we provide individualized instruction and flexible curricula that encourage students to find their own musical pathways;
  • we foster musical excellence and high academic standards;
  • our faculty exhibit the best of their respective fields, are deeply engaged in artistic scholarship and research, and are committed to teaching at all levels;
  • we whole-heartedly embrace the Wisconsin Idea;
  • we have created a dynamic educational community, part of a large and vibrant research university within a city that values and supports the arts.

The Mead Witter School of Music enriches students' educational experience by hosting guest artists and scholars for master classes, recitals, colloquia, seminars, and festivals. Its performing organizations and ensembles perform more than 350 recitals and concerts every year, making a significant contribution to the cultural life of the university and the wider Madison community. Facilities specifically designed for music study and performance offer excellent resources for students to pursue their interests. 

In addition to a thriving undergraduate student body, B.M.: Music Education students have the advantage of working side-by-side with students in master's-level and doctoral-level music programs. Working collegially in class and studio, making music together on stage and off, and building professional relationships across program boundaries all enable the sharing of expertise, experience, and perspectives and add immeasurably to every student's development.

The music degree programs are demanding and require care in taking courses in the proper sequence. Graduation can be delayed if a course is not taken in the appropriate semester. Refer to the Requirements tab for details on the coursework and sequences of study in specific majors.

The Music Education Major

The music education major consists of two certification programs; General and Instrumental Music, and General and Choral Music. Students choose one of the programs and will, upon completion, be certified to teach in two areas at the Early-Childhood-through-Adolescence level. Music Education is a program offered jointly by the School of Music and the School of Education. The Bachelor of Music: Education degree is conferred by the College of Letters & Science; teacher certification is earned through the School of Education.

The music education program was recently revised to:

  • Award certification in two areas. Each graduate will receive certification in general music and also in vocal or instrumental music, thus increasing job marketability and better reflecting the current needs of K–12 schools. Graduates are certified to teach in elementary and secondary schools.
  • Explore the relationships between popular culture and music education. Graduates will be prepared to teach multiple forms of musical literacy, not just the traditional band, orchestra and choral curriculum.
  • Expand the number of musical styles studied in the curriculum. Students also participate in group performances that reflect the diverse array of musical activities in today's schools.
  • Offer an introductory music education class to sophomores prior to admission into the program.
  • Provide instruction and experiences so that graduates can teach in culturally responsive ways.
  • Increase performance collaboration between students in the instrumental and vocal tracks.
  • Create a more interdisciplinary program by requiring all music education students to complete a core set of courses.

Although these programs are designed with the goal of preparing teachers to work in K–12 schools, the programs also provide a good preparation for individuals seeking careers in continuing education or music education-related fields.

The student's principal performance area should be consistent with the chosen certification program. One or more additional performance areas may be required. Prospective music education majors must audition and be accepted into any additional performance areas at the music major level (200 level) of performance study prior to beginning the methods and practicum sequence. Mead Witter School of Music cannot guarantee admission to additional performance areas, nor can it guarantee that appropriate substitute coursework will be available. During the time a student is enrolled in degree work, all performance study is expected to take place at UW–Madison.

Admission procedures

To become a candidate for a School of Music degree, a student must first be accepted by the UW–Madison Office of Admissions and Recruitment and by the Mead Witter School of Music. Students interested in music education should consult with the audition and admission coordinator and apply as soon as possible. The music education program is highly sequential and takes a minimum of eight semesters from the semester of matriculation at Mead Witter School of Music. 

Application material is available on the Mead Witter School of Music website. The music application process is handled by the  Undergraduate Admissions Office, 3561H Mosse Humanities. The steps for applying to the School of Music are:

  • Review the information available on the School of Music website.  Any questions may be directed to the School of Music Undergraduate Admissions Office.
  • Download and complete the music application. On the application form you will request an audition date
  • Download and provide the recommendation forms to two recommenders. These will be people who can attest to the applicant's musical background and ability.
  • If there will be need for financial assistance, consult the Office of Student Financial Aid.
  • Request that official transcripts be sent to the School of Music Undergraduate Admissions Office from all high schools and colleges attended. 
  • Prepare the appropriate repertoire and materials for the audition.
  • Come to the campus for an audition, which includes a ten- to twenty-minute performance audition, music theory and piano placement examinations, and an introduction to Mead Witter School of Music faculty, students, and facilities.

Transfer Students

Students who have earned more than 24 course credits at another college or university follow the same application and audition procedures described above. Upon acceptance by UW–Madison and the School of Music, credits for music courses taken at another institution are interpreted by the UW–Madison Office of Admissions and Recruitment simply as elective music credits. These course credits, as they appear on the transcript(s), will be reviewed during a conference with the advisor upon enrolling at UW–Madison. Transfer credit for music courses will be reviewed only after all placement and proficiency examinations in theory and piano have been taken at UW–Madison and syllabi for academic music courses have been submitted.

Reentering the School of Music

Students previously enrolled in the School of Music and UW–Madison who desire to reenter to seek an undergraduate degree should apply for reentry to both the UW–Madison Office of Admissions and Recruitment and the School of Music Undergraduate Admissions Office. An audition will be required in most cases.

International Students

International students seeking admission to the university and the School of Music should contact International Student Services in addition to the UW–Madison Office of Admissions and Recruitment and the School of Music Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Expectations for new students

All new music majors are expected to enroll for the proper major coursework in the first semester at UW-Madison. Students on financial aid must also be enrolled as full-time students. Continuance as a music major is conditional upon achieving good progress and maintaining high standards based upon minimum GPAs in several categories. See the Requirements tab, Degree Progress and Declaring the Music Education Major for specific information.

Applying to the Music Education major 

Before a student can declare a major in Music Education s/he must be admitted by the faculty to the program in order to take upper-level courses. During the second year in the core music curriculum, each student will sign up for an audition/interview with the music education faculty. The audition includes, but is not limited to, performance, sight-singing, and keyboard harmonization components. Minimum admission eligibility GPA requirements are:

  • 3.000 in all music courses
  • 2.750 cumulative (all courses)
  • 2.500 in music theory and history courses
MUSIC 121
MUSIC 171
Musica Practica 1
and Musica Practica: Aural Skills 1
4
MUSIC 122
MUSIC 172
Musica Practica 2
and Musica Practica: Aural Skills 2
4
MUSIC 221
MUSIC 271
Musica Practica 3
and Musica Practica: Aural Skills 3
4
MUSIC 211 Survey of the History of Western Music3
MUSIC 212 Survey of the History of Western Music3

The number of students admitted to the music education program is contingent upon available space; enrollment limits may be necessary to ensure that students have reasonable and timely access to required Mead Witter School of Music courses.

Students who successfully pass the audition/interview process and are offered admission must complete the following steps to complete their admission into the program:

Submit a teacher certification program application with the School of Education. Include the completed program application form(s), transcripts, and all other related application materials specified on the School of Education's Apply to a Program page.

Submit a major declaration form to the School of Music. Students admitted into the music education certification program will thereafter enroll jointly with the School of Music (College of Letters and Science) and the School of Education.

Note: In previous years, applicants to teacher education programs were required to submit scores from one of the following exams: ACT, SAT, Praxis I/PPST, Praxis Core, or GRE. Under emergency rules announced by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, no applicants need to submit scores for any exam as a component of their application to this program. The exam requirement was officially removed by the School of Education on November 15, 2017.

Teaching music is critical to the life of every musical community. Mead Witter School of Music has developed a progressive curriculum that meets the need for music educators who are resourceful, creative, and well-prepared to engage with the exciting diversity of a global culture. Our alumni who hold teaching positions throughout Wisconsin and beyond have found that the investment of energy and time does not go unrewarded.

Mead Witter School of Music offers Bachelor of Music: Music Education majors with two concentrations that lead to General and Instrumental or General and Choral teaching certification in the State of Wisconsin. For the General and Instrumental concentration a student's program will fall into one of two categories: those whose principal instrument is a band or orchestral instrument will follow a specific course of study, and those with piano or guitar as their principal instrument will follow a different course of study. For the General and Choral concentration there are also two categories, determined by the principal performance medium: those who are principally vocalists will follow one course of study, and those with piano or guitar as their principal instrument will follow another. See Choosing a Music Education Curriculum below for detailed descriptions of specific coursework.

The Mead Witter School of Music, a department in the College of Letters and Science, adheres to all University requirements for general education and breadth. Since the Music Education major is tied closely to the School of Education, the major also meets the School of Education's requirements in liberal studies. 

University General Education Requirements

All undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are required to fulfill a minimum set of common university general education requirements to ensure that every graduate acquires the essential core of an undergraduate education. This core establishes a foundation for living a productive life, being a citizen of the world, appreciating aesthetic values, and engaging in lifelong learning in a continually changing world. Various schools and colleges will have requirements in addition to the requirements listed below. Consult your advisor for assistance, as needed. For additional information, see the university Undergraduate General Education Requirements section of the Guide.

General Education
  • Breadth—Humanities/Literature/Arts: 6 credits
  • Breadth—Natural Science: 4 to 6 credits, consisting of one 4- or 5-credit course with a laboratory component; or two courses providing a total of 6 credits
  • Breadth—Social Studies: 3 credits
  • Communication Part A & Part B *
  • Ethnic Studies *
  • Quantitative Reasoning Part A & Part B *

* The mortarboard symbol appears before the title of any course that fulfills one of the Communication Part A or Part B, Ethnic Studies, or Quantitative Reasoning Part A or Part B requirements.

School of Education Liberal Studies Requirements

Music education students complete the School of Education's liberal studies (i.e., breadth) requirements. A limited number of music, art and dance credits may be applied toward this 40-credit requirement.

Typical Music Course Enrollment—Year One and Year Two

All Bachelor of Music students have the same core courses in music theory and music history during the first two years as music majors. The following table outlines the usual course schedule during the freshman and sophomore years. Take note of the following:

  • Some courses are taken by all students
  • Every student enrolls in either a performing organization (Band, Orchestra, Choir) or or Accompanying (students whose principal instrument is keyboard). This is required every the student is enrolled for performance study.
  • Students whose principal instrument is not keyboard enroll in secondary piano study the first year to satisfy the major requirement.
  • Each semester the students typically enroll in 5-6 credits of non-music coursework that satisfies Liberal Studies requirements.
First Year
Music Theory
MUSIC 121
MUSIC 171
Musica Practica 1
and Musica Practica: Aural Skills 1 (prerequisite course requirement)
4
MUSIC 122
MUSIC 172
Musica Practica 2
and Musica Practica: Aural Skills 2
4
Performance (applied) study4
2 credits each semester
Performing Organization2
1 credit each semester
Secondary piano study4
for non-keyboard majors; 2 credits per semester as needed to meet requirement
Second Year
Music Theory
MUSIC 221
MUSIC 271
Musica Practica 3
and Musica Practica: Aural Skills 3
4
MUSIC 222
MUSIC 272
Musica Practica 4
and Musica Practica: Aural Skills 4
4
Performance (applied) study4
2 credits each semester
Performing Organization2
1 credit each semester

Choosing a Music Education Curriculum

The music education major consists of two main curricula, both leading to certification at both the elementary and secondary levels. Students choose to complete the certification program in either General and Instrumental Music or General and Choral Music. The Bachelor of Music: Education degree requires a minimum of 130 credits. The music education faculty can advise you on which curriculum is most suited to your goals. Information on how to apply to the Music Education program can be found under the How to Get in tab.

Requirements: General and Instrumental Certification

Performance Study: Principal Instrument Band or Orchestral

Performance Study: Principal Instrument
FIRST YEAR AND SECOND YEARS: 200-level study in the major instrument, 4 semesters, 2 credits each semester8
Elementary/Intermediate Flute
Elementary/Intermediate Oboe
Elementary/Intermediate Clarinet
Elementary/Intermediate Saxophone
Elementary/Intermediate Bassoon
Elementary/Intermediate Horn
Elementary/Intermediate Trumpet
Elementary/Intermediate Trombone
Elementary/Intermediate Euphonium
Elementary/Intermediate Tuba
Elementary/Intermediate Percussion
Elementary/Intermediate Violin
Elementary/Intermediate Viola
Elementary/Intermediate Cello
Elementary/Intermediate String Bass
Elementary/Intermediate Harp
THIRD AND FOURTH YEARS: 400-level study in major instrument, 3 semesters, 2 credits each semester6
Advanced Flute
Advanced Oboe
Advanced Clarinet
Advanced Saxophone
Advanced Bassoon
Advanced Horn
Advanced Trumpet
Advanced Trombone
Advanced Euphonium
Advanced Tuba
Advanced Percussion
Advanced Violin
Advanced Viola
Advanced Cello
Advanced String Bass
Advanced Harp
Performing Organizations and Ensembles
Enrollment in a course from List A or List B is required each semester of enrollment in performance study.
LIST A (6 credits required)6
Wind Ensemble
Concert Band
Chamber Orchestra
University Symphony Orchestra
LIST B (2 credits required)2
Jazz Ensemble
Black Music Ensemble
Ensemble-Percussion (lab 2, percussion majors only)
Non-Western Music Performance-Study Groups

Performance Study: Principal Instrument Piano or Guitar

Performance Study
FIRST AND SECOND YEARS: 200-level performance study in piano or guitar, 4 semesters, 2 credits each semester8
Elementary/Intermediate Piano
Elementary/Intermediate Guitar
THIRD AND FOURTH YEARS: 400-level performance study in piano or guitar, 3 semesters, 2 credits each semester6
Elementary/Intermediate Piano
Elementary/Intermediate Guitar
ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCE STUDY: BAND OR ORCHESTRA INSTRUMENT 8
Additional study on a Band or Orchestra instrument is required: 200-level study, 4 semesters, 2 credits each semester
Elementary/Intermediate Flute
Elementary/Intermediate Oboe
Elementary/Intermediate Clarinet
Elementary/Intermediate Saxophone
Elementary/Intermediate Bassoon
Elementary/Intermediate Horn
Elementary/Intermediate Trumpet
Elementary/Intermediate Trombone
Elementary/Intermediate Euphonium
Elementary/Intermediate Tuba
Elementary/Intermediate Percussion
Elementary/Intermediate Violin
Elementary/Intermediate Viola
Elementary/Intermediate Cello
Elementary/Intermediate String Bass
Elementary/Intermediate Harp
Performing Organizations and Ensembles
Enrollment in an organization or ensemble is required each semester of enrollment in performance study.
LIST A (6 credits required)6
Wind Ensemble
Concert Band
Chamber Orchestra
University Symphony Orchestra
LIST B (2 credits required)2
Jazz Ensemble
Black Music Ensemble
Non-Western Music Performance-Study Groups

Music Core

Music Theory
MUSIC 121
MUSIC 171
Musica Practica 1
and Musica Practica: Aural Skills 1 (co-requisite courses)
4
MUSIC 122
MUSIC 172
Musica Practica 2
and Musica Practica: Aural Skills 2 (co-requisite courses)
4
MUSIC 221
MUSIC 271
Musica Practica 3
and Musica Practica: Aural Skills 3 (co-requisite courses)
4
MUSIC 222
MUSIC 272
Musica Practica 4
and Musica Practica: Aural Skills 4 (co-requisite courses)
4
Amer-European Music History
MUSIC 211 Survey of the History of Western Music3
MUSIC 212 Survey of the History of Western Music3
Select one of the following courses:3
Survey of Music in the Middle Ages
Survey of Music in the Renaissance
Survey of Music in the Baroque Era
Survey of Music in the Classic Era
Survey of Music in the Romantic Era
Survey of Music in the Twentieth Century
Music in the United States
Historical Performance Practices
Survey of Opera
Global Music Cultures5
5 credits from any of the following courses:
Introduction to Music Cultures of the World
Black Music (1920-Present): Rhythm Section and Combos
Black Music (1920-Present): Vocalist/Trombone/Misc Instrumental
Black Music (1920-Present): The Trumpet
Black Music (1920-Present): The Saxophone
Music Cultures of the World: Africa, Europe, the Americas
Musical Cultures of the World
Musical Cultures of the World
Music of S.E. Asia: Tradition, Innovation, Politics, and Religion
Seminar: Cultural Study of Music
Piano0-2
Complete the following course or pass a proficiency exam
Intermediate Class Piano
Jazz2
Select either of the following courses (both offered in fall semesters):
Jazz Class Piano
Jazz Improvisation (offered in fall semesters)
Conducting4
Conducting
Conducting (Lab 2)
Instrumental Fundamentals7
One semester selected from the following courses (woodwinds):
Fundamentals-Flute
Fundamentals: Double Reeds
Fundamentals: Single Reeds
One semester selected from one of the following courses (brass):
Fundamentals-High Brass
Fundamentals-Low Brass
One semester of the following course:
Fundamentals-Percussion
One semester selected from the following courses (strings)
Fundamentals-High Strings
Fundamentals-Low Strings
Remaining 3 credits from the following courses, as advised:
Fundamentals-Flute
Fundamentals: Double Reeds
Fundamentals: Single Reeds
Fundamentals-High Brass
Fundamentals-Low Brass
Fundamentals-Percussion
Fundamentals-High Strings
Fundamentals-Low Strings
Voice Fundamentals1
Introduction to Performance: Voice
Vocal Instruction for Non-Voice Majors
Dance
Select a Dance course that pairs movement and music.1

Professional Education Requirements 

Educational Foundations
Human Development3
Select one of the following courses:
Human Development in Infancy and Childhood
Human Development in Adolescence
Human Development From Childhood Through Adolescence
Learning3
How People Learn
Foundations of the Profession3
Select one of the following courses:
School and Society
History of American Education
Literacy, including Reading3
Integrating the Teaching of Reading with Other Language Arts
Special Education3
Strategies for Inclusive Schooling
Music Education Courses
CURRIC/MUSIC 304 Composition, Arrangement, and Orchestration for the Music Teacher (offered in fall semesters; prereq MUS PERF 104)2
CURRIC/MUSIC 420 Teaching Popular Instrumental Music 11
CURRIC/MUSIC 421 Teaching Popular Instrumental Music 21
Music Education Professional Sequence
CURRIC/​MUSIC  300
CURRIC/​MUSIC  303
Introduction to Music Education
and Fieldwork in Music Communities (co-requisite courses)
3
CURRIC/​MUSIC  301
CURRIC/​MUSIC  337
Music Learning and Teaching 1
and Practicum in Teaching Music (co-requisite courses) 1
3
CURRIC/​MUSIC  302
CURRIC/​MUSIC  337
Music Learning and Teaching 2
and Practicum in Teaching Music (co-requisite courses) 1
3
Student Teaching
CURRIC/​MUSIC  410 Student Teaching in General and Instrumental Music12
Multicultural Education and Human Relations
required for certification: must complete before student teaching
50 hours field experience: fulfilled in conjunction with with CURRIC/​RP & SE  506 and MUSIC/​CURRIC  337
Conflict resolution workshop: fulfilled in conjunction with MUSIC/​CURRIC  300
American Indian Studies and Education (Wis. Act 31): there are a variety of ways to earn certification. Consult with advisor and music education faculty.

Requirements: General and Choral Certification

Performance Study: Principal Instrument Voice

Peformance Study
FIRST AND SECOND YEARS: 200-level performance study, 4 semesters, 2 credits per semester8
Elementary/Intermediate Voice
THIRD AND FOURTH YEARS: 400-level performance study, 3 semesters, 2 credits each semester6
Advanced Voice
Performing Organizations and Ensembles
Enrollment in a choir or ensemble from List A or List B is required each semester enrolled in performance study.
LIST A (6 credits required):6
Concert Choir
Chorale
Madrigal Singers
LIST B (2 credits required):2
Jazz Ensemble
Black Music Ensemble
Non-Western Music Performance-Study Groups
Piano0-8
Complete the following course or pass proficiency exam:
Intermediate Class Piano

Performance Study: Principal Instrument Piano or Guitar

Performance Study
FIRST AND SECOND YEARS: 200-level study on the principal instrument, 4 semesters, 2 credits each semester8
Elementary/Intermediate Piano
Elementary/Intermediate Guitar
THIRD AND FOURTH YEARS: 400-level study on principal instrument, 3 semesters, 2 credits each semester6
Advanced Piano
Advanced Guitar
Additional Performance Study: Voice
FIRST AND SECOND YEARS: 200-level performance study in voice, 4 semesters, 2 credits each semester8
Elementary/Intermediate Voice
THIRD AND FOURTH YEARS: 400-level performance study in voice, 2 semesters, 2 credits each semester4
Advanced Voice
Performing Organizations and Ensembles
Enrollment in a choir or ensemble from List A or List B is required each semester enrolled in performance study.
List A (6 credits required):6
Concert Choir
Chorale
Madrigal Singers
List B (2 credits required):2
Jazz Ensemble
Black Music Ensemble
Non-Western Music Performance-Study Groups
Piano0
For students with principal instrument as guitar:
Complete the following course or pass proficiency exam:
Intermediate Class Piano

Music Core

Music Theory
MUSIC 121
MUSIC 171
Musica Practica 1
and Musica Practica: Aural Skills 1 (prerequisite course requirements)
4
MUSIC 122
MUSIC 172
Musica Practica 2
and Musica Practica: Aural Skills 2 (prerequisite course requirements)
4
MUSIC 221
MUSIC 271
Musica Practica 3
and Musica Practica: Aural Skills 3 (prerequisite course requirements)
4
MUSIC 222
MUSIC 272
Musica Practica 4
and Musica Practica: Aural Skills 4
4
Amer-European Music History
MUSIC 211 Survey of the History of Western Music3
MUSIC 212 Survey of the History of Western Music3
Select one of the following courses:3
Survey of Music in the Middle Ages
Survey of Music in the Renaissance
Survey of Music in the Baroque Era
Survey of Music in the Classic Era
Survey of Music in the Romantic Era
Survey of Music in the Twentieth Century
Music in the United States
Historical Performance Practices
Survey of Opera
Global Music Cultures
Select 5 credits from the following:
Introduction to Music Cultures of the World
Black Music (1920-Present): Rhythm Section and Combos
Black Music (1920-Present): Vocalist/Trombone/Misc Instrumental
Black Music (1920-Present): The Trumpet
Black Music (1920-Present): The Saxophone
Music Cultures of the World: Africa, Europe, the Americas
Musical Cultures of the World
Musical Cultures of the World
Music of S.E. Asia: Tradition, Innovation, Politics, and Religion
Seminar: Cultural Study of Music
Jazz2
Select either of the following courses (both offered in fall semesters):
Jazz Class Piano
Jazz Improvisation
Conducting
MUSIC 253 Conducting2
MUSIC 254 Conducting (Lab 1)2
Diction
MUSIC 466 Diction for Singers2
Dance
Select a Dance course that pairs movement with music1

Professional Education Requirements

Educational Foundations
Human Development3
Select one of the following courses:
Human Development in Infancy and Childhood
Human Development in Adolescence
Human Development From Childhood Through Adolescence
Learning
ED PSYCH 301 How People Learn3
Foundations of the Profession3
Select one of the following courses:
School and Society
History of American Education
Literacy, including Reading
CURRIC 305 Integrating the Teaching of Reading with Other Language Arts3
Special Education
CURRIC/​RP & SE  506 Strategies for Inclusive Schooling3
Music Education Courses
CURRIC/MUSIC 304 Composition, Arrangement, and Orchestration for the Music Teacher (offered in fall semesters; prereq MUS PERF 104)2
CURRIC/MUSIC 420 Teaching Popular Instrumental Music 11
CURRIC/MUSIC 421 Teaching Popular Instrumental Music 21
MUSIC/​CURRIC  344 Teaching Vocal Styles in the Music Classroom (offered spring semester of even-numbered years)1
Music Education Professional Sequence
CURRIC/​MUSIC  300
MUSIC/​CURRIC  303
Introduction to Music Education
and Fieldwork in Music Communities
3
CURRIC/​MUSIC  301
MUSIC/​CURRIC  337
Music Learning and Teaching 1
and Practicum in Teaching Music 1
3
CURRIC/​MUSIC  302
MUSIC/​CURRIC  337
Music Learning and Teaching 2
and Practicum in Teaching Music 1
3
Student Teaching
CURRIC/​MUSIC  409 Student Teaching in General and Vocal Music12
Multicultural Education and Human Relations
50 hours field experience fulfilled in conjunction with CURRIC/​RP & SE  506 and MUSIC/​CURRIC  337.
Conflict resolution workshop fulfilled in conjunction with MUSIC/​CURRIC  300.
American Indian Studies and Education (Wis. Act 31): There are a variety of ways to earn certification. Consult with advisor and music education facuity.

Continuation Requirements

In addition to meeting all course-related standards, students must receive a grade of B or higher in all music education practicum courses, and a grade of C or higher in all applicable music education methods courses (i.e.,  CURRIC/​MUSIC  300 Introduction to Music Education/, CURRIC/​MUSIC  301 Music Learning and Teaching 1/, CURRIC/​MUSIC  302 Music Learning and Teaching 2/) in order to continue in the program. 

Residence & Quality of Work

2.000 GPA in all MUSIC, MUS PERF and major courses

15 credits in MUSIC and/or MUS PERF, taken on the UW–Madison campus

15 credits of upper-level work in the major completed in residence1

1Courses that count towards this requirement are:

Music

MUSIC 40 Wind Ensemble1
MUSIC 41 Concert Band1
MUSIC 50 Concert Choir1
MUSIC 52 Women's Chorus1
MUSIC 53 Choral Union1
MUSIC 55 Masters' Singers1
MUSIC 56 Chorale1
MUSIC 58 Madrigal Singers1
MUSIC 61 Chamber Orchestra1
MUSIC 62 University Symphony Orchestra1
MUSIC 211 Survey of the History of Western Music3
MUSIC 212 Survey of the History of Western Music3
MUSIC 221 Musica Practica 33
MUSIC 222 Musica Practica 43
MUSIC 256 University Opera1-2
MUSIC 262 Jazz Ensemble1
MUSIC 265 Ensemble-Woodwind1
MUSIC 266 Black Music Ensemble1
MUSIC 267 Ensemble-Brass1
MUSIC 268 Ensemble-Percussion1
MUSIC 269 Ensemble-String1
MUSIC 270 Ensemble-Guitar1
MUSIC 271 Musica Practica: Aural Skills 31
MUSIC 272 Musica Practica: Aural Skills 41
MUSIC 273 Contemporary Chamber Ensemble1
MUSIC 319 Topics in Music and Ethnicity in the United States3
MUSIC 331 Jazz Improvisation3
MUSIC 332 Jazz Improvisation3
MUSIC 340 Pedagogy1-2
MUSIC 345 Practicum in String Pedagogy2
MUSIC 361 Non-Western Music Performance-Study Groups1
MUSIC/​AFROAMER  400 Music Cultures of the World: Africa, Europe, the Americas3
MUSIC/​FOLKLORE  401 Musical Cultures of the World3
MUSIC/​FOLKLORE  402 Musical Cultures of the World3
MUSIC/​FOLKLORE  404 Music of S.E. Asia: Tradition, Innovation, Politics, and Religion3
MUSIC 411 Survey of Music in the Middle Ages3
MUSIC 412 Survey of Music in the Renaissance3
MUSIC 413 Survey of Music in the Baroque Era3
MUSIC 414 Survey of Music in the Classic Era3
MUSIC 415 Survey of Music in the Romantic Era3
MUSIC 416 Survey of Music in the Twentieth Century3
MUSIC 419 Music in the United States3
MUSIC 461 Collegium Musicum1
MUSIC 467 Language Diction for Singing I2
MUSIC 468 Language Diction for Singing II2
MUSIC 497 Special Topics in Music1-3
MUSIC 499 Directed Study1-3
MUSIC 500 Seminar in Global Popular Music3
MUSIC 502 Figured Bass and Basso Continuo3
MUSIC/​AFROAMER  509 Seminar in Afro-American Music History and Criticism3
MUSIC 511 Historical Performance Practices3
MUSIC 513 Survey of Opera3
MUSIC/​FOLKLORE  515 Proseminar in Ethnomusicology3
MUSIC 523 Orchestration I3
MUSIC 524 Orchestration II3
MUSIC/​FOLKLORE  535 American Folk and Vernacular Music3
MUSIC/​ANTHRO/​FOLKLORE/​THEATRE  539 The Folklore of Festivals and Celebrations3
MUSIC 540 Advanced Pedagogy2
MUSIC 541 Seminar in Choral Literature2
MUSIC 542 Choral Literature and Performance Practices of Today2
MUSIC 543 Advanced String Pedagogy2
MUSIC 544 Advanced String Pedagogy2
MUSIC 545 Practicum in Advanced String Pedagogy2
MUSIC 546 String Literature2
MUSIC 548 Piano Pedagogy II3
MUSIC 550 Percussion Literature2
MUSIC 551 Class Piano Pedagogy3
MUSIC 553 Advanced Conducting Seminar2
MUSIC 554 Advanced Conducting2
MUSIC 556 University Opera1-2
MUSIC 557 Opera Workshop2
MUSIC 558 Madrigal Singers1
MUSIC 559 Graduate Choral Union1
MUSIC 560 Practicum in Advanced Studio Teaching-Piano1
MUSIC 561 Advanced Ensemble-Piano1
MUSIC 562 Jazz Ensemble1
MUSIC 565 Advanced Ensemble-Woodwind1
MUSIC 567 Advanced Ensemble-Brass1
MUSIC 568 Advanced Ensemble-Percussion1
MUSIC 569 Advanced Ensemble-String1
MUSIC 570 University Symphony Orchestra1
MUSIC 571 Chamber Orchestra1
MUSIC 572 Advanced Ensemble-Classical Guitar1
MUSIC 573 Contemporary Chamber Ensemble1
MUSIC 574 Wind Ensemble1
MUSIC 576 Concert Band1
MUSIC 577 Chorale1
MUSIC 578 Concert Choir1
MUSIC 579 Masters Singers1
MUSIC 59 University Chorus1
MUSIC 591 Organ Literature and Design2
MUSIC 60 All-University String Orchestra1
MUSIC/​L I S  619 Music Research Methods and Materials3
MUSIC 620 Proseminar in Musicology3
MUSIC 621 Renaissance Polyphony3
MUSIC 622 Baroque Counterpoint3
MUSIC 623 Form and Analysis2-3
MUSIC 624 Form and Analysis II2-3
MUSIC 681 Senior Honors Thesis3
MUSIC 682 Senior Honors Thesis3

Music Performance

MUS PERF 342 Piano Accompanying Lab1
MUS PERF 347 Third Year Composition3
MUS PERF 348 Third Year Composition3
MUS PERF 401 Advanced Piano2-4
MUS PERF 402 Advanced Harpsichord2-4
MUS PERF 403 Advanced Organ2-4
MUS PERF 405 Advanced Voice2-4
MUS PERF 407 Advanced Flute2-4
MUS PERF 409 Advanced Oboe2-4
MUS PERF 411 Advanced Clarinet2-4
MUS PERF 413 Advanced Saxophone2-4
MUS PERF 415 Advanced Bassoon2-4
MUS PERF 417 Advanced Horn2-4
MUS PERF 419 Advanced Trumpet2-4
MUS PERF 421 Advanced Trombone2-4
MUS PERF 423 Advanced Euphonium2-4
MUS PERF 425 Advanced Tuba2-4
MUS PERF 427 Advanced Percussion2-4
MUS PERF 431 Advanced Violin2-4
MUS PERF 433 Advanced Viola2-4
MUS PERF 435 Advanced Cello2-4
MUS PERF 437 Advanced String Bass2-4
MUS PERF 439 Advanced Harp2-4
MUS PERF 440 Advanced Guitar2-4
MUS PERF 447 Fourth Year Composition3
MUS PERF 448 Fourth Year Composition3
MUS PERF 457 Jazz Composition and Arranging3
MUS PERF 458 Jazz Composition and Arranging3
MUS PERF 499 Senior Recital2
MUS PERF 501 Masters Level-Piano4
MUS PERF 503 Masters Level-Organ4
MUS PERF 505 Masters Level-Voice4
MUS PERF 507 Masters Level-Flute4
MUS PERF 509 Masters Level-Oboe4
MUS PERF 511 Masters Level-Clarinet4
MUS PERF 513 Masters Level-Saxophone4
MUS PERF 515 Masters Level-Bassoon4
MUS PERF 517 Masters Level-Horn4
MUS PERF 519 Masters Level-Trumpet4
MUS PERF 521 Masters Level-Trombone4
MUS PERF 523 Masters Level-Euphonium4
MUS PERF 525 Masters Level-Tuba4
MUS PERF 527 Masters Level-Percussion4
MUS PERF 531 Masters Level-Violin4
MUS PERF 532 Advanced Conducting3-4
MUS PERF 533 Masters Level-Viola4
MUS PERF 535 Masters Level-Cello4
MUS PERF 540 Masters Level-Guitar4
MUS PERF 542 Advanced Accompanying2-3
MUS PERF 547 Masters Level Composition3
MUS PERF 548 Masters Level Composition3
MUS PERF 561 Organ Improvisation and Liturgy2
MUS PERF 562 Organ Improvisation and Liturgy2

Honors in the Major

The School of Music is reviewing its requirements for Honors in the Major. Current music majors may contact the undergraduate advisor for more information.

To earn honors in any music major, students must satisfy the requirements below as well as all other requirements for their music degree and major:

  • 6 credits of MUSIC 681 Senior Honors Thesis and MUSIC 682 Senior Honors Thesis
  • 12 credits of honors coursework in music: 6 of the 12 credits must be at the 300 level or higher and only 6 credits can be taken in any one of the three music areas of theory, history, and performance.

To participate in the Honors in the Major program, students must:

  • Notify the School of Music undergraduate advisor of their intention to become a candidate for Honors in the Major. This will usually occur in the sophomore year.
  • Present a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 in all courses taken at UW–Madison and maintain this average throughout the degree.
  • Present a minimum 3.5 GPA in all music coursework and maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA in all music honors coursework.
  • Engage a faculty member who will collaborate in planning the 12 credits of honors curriculum coursework; submit this plan to the undergraduate advisor. The course plan may change as students progress through their work.
  • Prior to beginning work on the MUSIC 681/MUSIC 682 Senior Honors Thesis sequence, confirm a faculty advisor for this sequence (who may be the same person as for the 12 credits above) and submit a prospectus outlining in detail the planned work including (a) the topic, (b) plans for research, and (c) a clear substantive written component, although it may also include oral and/or performance components. The faculty advisor must sign the prospectus indicating approval.

Additional Certification Requirements and Applying for a License

In addition to completing UW–Madison's program requirements, students must also complete Wisconsin statutory requirements and certification requirements established by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. For example, all individuals seeking an initial Wisconsin state teacher's license after August 31, 2004, are required to take and pass an approved content examination in the subject area(s) of interest.  These tests, the Praxis II: Subject Assessments/Specialty Area Tests, are offered through the Educational Testing Service (ETS).  Teacher education student at UW-Madison must take and pass the exam for their program area(s) and submit scores to Education Academic Services before entering their final, full-time student teaching semester. 

All graduating student teachers are also required by the School of Education to meet the UW–Madison teacher education standards.  This is done via completion of the teaching portfolio.  Student teachers within the music education certification program must also complete the edTPA.

Many of these certification and statutory requirements are embedded within the program's requirements and require no additional attention. The endorsement of the program coordinator/faculty is also required to receive certification through UW–Madison.

The State of Wisconsin requires that anyone wishing to teach in a public K–12 setting hold a valid teaching license issued through the Department of Public Instruction. In addition to completing a certification program, students must submit a separate application for this license.

Detailed information about certification requirements and applying for a license is available under Certification/Licensure.

University Degree Requirements

Total Degree To receive a bachelor's degree from UW–Madison, students must earn a minimum of 120 degree credits. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 degree credits. Students should consult with their college or department advisor for information on specific credit requirements.
Residency Degree candidates are required to earn a minimum of 30 credits in residence at UW–Madison. "In residence" means on the UW–Madison campus with an undergraduate degree classification. “In residence” credit also includes UW–Madison courses offered in distance or online formats and credits earned in UW–Madison Study Abroad/Study Away programs.
Quality of Work Undergraduate students must maintain the minimum grade point average specified by the school, college, or academic program to remain in good academic standing. Students whose academic performance drops below these minimum thresholds will be placed on academic probation.

1. Describe and apply foundational music education concepts and information.

2. Plan, deliver and assess music learning experiences within chosen certification area that address as necessary the following standards: UWMTES, edTPA, Wisconsin Music Teaching Standards, and National Music Education Standards.

3. Develop a level of proficiency in describing and applying foundational concepts of music education, e.g. music learning and teaching, which will be reflected in an ability to communicate to multiple diverse constituencies, so as to interpret,  investigate, understand, appreciate and work within the complex musical world.

4. Integrate knowledge in music learning and teaching in order to bring novel perspectives to challenging social and technological problems.

5. Develop the ability to think critically and creatively as a music educator to synthesize, analyze and integrate ideas for decision-making and problem-solving in the best interest of all students.

6. Communicate effectively in order to share knowledge, wisdom, values and beliefs regarding music learning and teaching with others across multiple social and professional settings.

7. Understand own learning processes regarding musical education and possess the capacity to intentionally. Seek and evaluate information; recognize and reduce bias in own thinking; and build new knowledge for application in performance and professional lives.

8. Construct a worldview of music education in order to accept responsibility for civic engagement and to appreciate the need to live live so purpose and meaning.

9. As music educators, develop and demonstrate a respect for truth, and appreciation for diverse views, and a strong sense of personal and professional ethics.

Undergraduate students—current music majors only—should consult the music advisor for help enrolling in courses and planning the completion of their degree. Students who are interested in majoring in music should consult the undergraduate audition and admissions coordinator (admissions@music.wisc.edu; 608-263-5986; 5561 Humanities). If you have questions about a scholarship that you are receiving from the School of Music, please contact the associate director for Mead Witter School of Music.

General information about advising for undergraduates in the Mead Witter School of Music can be found at resources for undergraduate studies

L&S career resources

SuccessWorks at the College of Letters & Science helps students leverage the academic skills learned in their major, certificates, and liberal arts degree; explore and try out different career paths; participate in internships; prepare for the job search and/or graduate school applications; and network with professionals in the field (alumni and employers).

SuccessWorks can also assist students in career advising, résumé and cover letter writing, networking opportunities, and interview skills, as well as course offerings for undergraduates to begin their career exploration early in their undergraduate career. 

Professors Cook (director), Blasius, Calderón, Chisholm, Crook, Dill, Di Sanza, Doing, Fischer, Fulmer, Hetzler, Hyer, Johnson, Karp, Koza, Leckrone, Perry, Rowe, Schaffer, Schwendinger, Stowe, Swack, B. Taylor, C. Taylor, Teeple, Thimmig, Vallon, Vardi; Associate Professors Dobbs, Grabois, Wallmann; Assistant Professors Altino, Lee, Ronis

The faculty of the Mead Witter School of Music is a distinguished group of educators, performing musicians, and active scholars. The backgrounds of performance faculty include rich experiences as professional musicians, researchers, recording artists, and entrepreneurs. Faculty in music education have particular insight into their field as a result of their backgrounds as school educators, performers, and scholars. In areas such as music theory and musicology, the musical community has high regard for the past and current contributions to the study of musical theory, historical perspectives on music, the role of music in societies around the world, and the unique contributions of American musicians. Teaching is a priority for the faculty, who are readily accessible to students for advice and support. Faculty, staff, and students cooperate in extraordinary ways with joint ventures that reach across disciplines both in research or instruction. 

Additional Certification Requirements and Applying for a License

In addition to completing UW–Madison's program requirements, students must also complete Wisconsin statutory requirements and certification requirements established by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Many of these requirements are embedded within the program's requirements and require no additional attention. The endorsement of the program coordinator/faculty is also required to receive certification through UW–Madison.

Applying for a Teaching License

The State of Wisconsin requires that anyone wishing to teach in a public K–12 setting hold a valid teaching license issued through the Department of Public Instruction. In addition to completing a certification program, students must submit a separate application for this license. Students intending to complete a teacher certification program should monitor program requirements carefully. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) periodically implements regulations that affect all certification programs; teacher certification candidates are responsible for having up-to-date information about certification requirements.

Licensing Levels

The following licensing options are offered at UW–Madison.

  • The Elementary Education program currently offers two licensing levels: Early Childhood and also Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence
  • The Special Education program certifies students at both the Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence level and also at the Early Adolescence through Adolescence level. The Special Education/Elementary Education dual major option certifies students only at the Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence level.
  • Secondary Education programs certify students to teach their subject area at the Early Adolescence through Adolescence level.
  • Students completing Language Education programs will be licensed at the Early Childhood through Adolescence level.
  • Students in special fields such as Art, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Music, and Physical Education will be licensed at the Early Childhood through Adolescence level.

Wisconsin State Licensing

The State of Wisconsin issues an initial teaching license to certified teachers. The current fee is $125. An online license application is available through the Department of Public Instruction. A Criminal Background Investigation (CBI) will also be conducted by DPI. Information about fingerprint submission, when necessary, is available through the Department of Public Instruction.

Before applying for a license, DPI requires the electronic submission of “Endorsed Candidate for Licensure" (ECL) data by the certifying officer of the institution where the teacher preparation was completed. For UW–Madison teacher certification students, the endorsement will come from the School of Education, 139 Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall. Once this information has been submitted to DPI, students are notified by email that they may begin the application online.

Before endorsing a student, UW–Madison requires that (1) all certification requirements are met; (2) student teaching (following the school district calendar) is completed; (3) final grades are posted and reviewed; (4) the degree is "posted" by the registrar's office (four to five weeks after graduation); and (5) a recommendation for certification is received from the program faculty. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction may require an additional 6 to 12 weeks for license processing. See Educator Licensing for additional information about the licensing process.

Licensing Outside of Wisconsin

To apply for a license in a state other than Wisconsin, first check out the application requirements of that state. The University of Kentucky has a website that provides links to teacher licensing agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

Many states have a verification form that needs to be signed by a UW–Madison certification officer. This form verifies that a state-approved licensing program has been completed. These forms should be sent to Education Academic Services at 139 Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall, or by email (mlpatton@wisc.edu) to be completed. If the form requests information about practicum and student teaching assignments (names of schools, grade levels, dates, etc.), this information must be completed before sending the form to EAS. 

Accreditation

National Association of Schools of Music

Accreditation status: Accredited. Next accreditation review: 2022-2023.