school-of-music

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;
  • our department is 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 Performance 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.

Majors in this program have professional interests in solo performance, chamber music performance, orchestra or wind ensemble performance, studio teaching (private or in a college or university), church music, conducting, music technology or production, opera or musical theater, or many combinations of these. Some students may consider this program as preparation for graduate study in music, arts administration, and other areas. The faculty has designed the curricula to include a large complement of liberal studies (40 credits) along with the course work in music (90 credits). These 40 L&S credits must include satisfaction of all university General Education Requirements including Communication Parts A and B, Quantitative Reasoning Parts A and B, Natural Science, Social Science, and Ethnic Studies.

The music degree programs are demanding and require care in taking courses in the proper sequence. Graduation could 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.

PEOPLE AND FACILITIES

The greatest asset of Mead Witter School of Music is its people—staff, faculty, and students—who are daily immersed in learning, building, researching, writing, and making music. Mentoring is the core of our teaching, manifest in one-on-one applied instruction as well as in small-group coaching and classes. Undergraduate students will build professional relationships with many faculty, form friendships with peers across the boundaries of degree programs, and collaborate with staff in addressing the practical matters of academic study. Extensive information on faculty, including biographies, is available here.

The Mosse Humanities Building, built in 1969, houses most of the music classrooms, rehearsal rooms, faculty studios, and 111 practice rooms. Most recitals and concerts take place in one of three performance spaces: Mills Concert Hall, Morphy Recital Hall, and Eastman Organ Recital Hall. The school's extensive collection of instruments, both common and unusual, is available to both faculty and students. Music Hall with its clock tower, built in 1879, is a campus landmark. Renovated in 1985, it is the home of the opera program. The new Hamel Music Center, scheduled to open in 2019, will include a concert hall, a recital hall, and a large ensemble rehearsal space.

Memorial Library is the home of the Mills Music Library, which offers extensive research and circulating collections, attractive study space, and personal staff assistance with research. Music materials on campus number over half a million, ranging from scores and sheet music to archival collections and historic audio recordings. Through Mills Music Library and other UW–Madison libraries, students have access to a wide range of online research databases as well as millions of articles, books, and streaming media. All genres of music are represented, with notably strong collections in Americana and ethnic music. Nationally known special collections include the Tams–Witmark Collection, a treasury of early American musical theater materials, and the Wisconsin Music Archives.

ADMISSIONS PROCEDURES

To major in music at Mead Witter School of Music, a student must 1)  apply and be accepted by the UW–Madison Office of Admissions and Recruitment and 2) apply, audition, and be accepted by the School of Music faculty. In addition to the UW-Madison application, students must apply to the Mead Witter School of Music. Application material is available on the  School of Music website and the music application process is handled by the Undergraduate Admissions Office, 3561H Mosse Humanities Building.

The steps for applying to the UW–Madison School of Music are:

  • Review the information on the website for Mead Witter School of Music. Follow instructions carefully. Any questions may be directed to the Undergraduate Admissions Office.
  • Download and complete the music application. On the application 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 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 by 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 who were 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

Students from other countries who seek 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 for specific information.

To Declare Major

All B.M.–Performance students formally declare their music major and proceed to upper-level study in the second or third year of study. Before doing so, students must have satisfactorily completed the core coursework in music theory and music history and must demonstrate their readiness for advanced work in a formal assessment by the performance faculty. To declare the major each student is required to attain the following minimum grade point averages:

  • 2.750 cumulative (all UW-Madison courses)
  • 3.000 in all music courses
  • 2.500 in the following music theory and music 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

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.

College of Letters & Science Breadth and Degree Requirements:  Bachelor of Music (B.M.):  Music Performance

Liberal Studies (outside of MUSIC or MUS PERF)

Literature, 6 cr
Humanities, 6 cr
Social Studies, 6 cr
Electives, to bring total credits outside of music to 40

Requirements for the Major

The bachelor of music curriculum is specific for each major performance discipline. To assure satisfactory progress and avoid extending the time to complete the degree, courses must be  taken in the proper sequence. The music advisor expects to see all students at least once each semester and is always available to answer students' questions.

TIMELINE FOR THE BACHELOR OF MUSIC MAJOR

The following table outlines the usual schedule by year for most bachelor of music students. Take note of the following:

  • Some core coursework is taken by all students, such as music theory and music history.
  • Every student enrolls in either a performing organization (Band, Orchestra, Choir,) or in Accompanying (for keyboard majors) every semester the student is enrolled for performance study.
  • Students enroll in performance study (private lessons) in the major instrument or voice each semester and perform a degree recital in the senior year. Composition students enroll in composition courses or private instruction and also organize and perform a senior recital.
  • Non-keyboard mtracks enroll in secondary piano study the first year to satisfy the requirement in the major.
  • Each semester students typically enroll in 5–6 credits of nonmusic coursework that satisfy other degree requirements.
First Year
Theory
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
Performance (Applied) Study §4
2 credits each semester
Performing Organization #2
1 credit each semester
Secondary piano study4
(non-keyboard majors), 2 credits per semester as needed to fulfill requirement
Second Year
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
Music History
MUSIC 211
MUSIC 212
Survey of the History of Western Music
and Survey of the History of Western Music
6
Performance (applied) study8
4 credits each semester
Performing Organization2
1 credit each semester
Third and Fourth Years
Performance (applied) study12
4 credits per semester for three semesters; in the recital semester two credits plus Senior Recital
Performing Organization4
1 credit each semester
Music History6
Two courses from the following: *
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

DEGREE PROGRESS

First-year Bachelor of Music students are admitted as music majors at the 200-level on the major instrument or voice. In the second or third year each student's progress is assessed by the faculty of the relevant performance area. If that assessment indicates that the student is ready, the faculty recommends the student for advanced-level (400-level) study. With this recommendation, and provided the student meets all GPA requirements and completes the first- and second-year courses in music theory and music history, the student may formally declare the music major.

The minimum GPA requirements that must be met before declaring are as follows:

  • GPA in Musica Practica and in music history courses: minimum 2.500
  • GPA in all music courses: 3.000
  • GPA in all UW-Madison coursework (cumulative): 2.750

Brass Performance

Performance Study
FIRST YEAR: 200-level study in the major instrument, 2 semesters, 2 credits each semester4
Elementary/Intermediate Horn
Elementary/Intermediate Trumpet
Elementary/Intermediate Trombone
Elementary/Intermediate Euphonium
Elementary/Intermediate Tuba
SECOND YEAR: 200-level performance study in the major instrument, 2 semesters, 4 credits each semester8
Elementary/Intermediate Horn
Elementary/Intermediate Trumpet
Elementary/Intermediate Trombone
Elementary/Intermediate Euphonium
Elementary/Intermediate Tuba
THIRD AND FOURTH YEARS: 400-level performance study in the major instrument, 3 semesters, 4 credits each semester12
Advanced Horn
Advanced Trumpet
Advanced Trombone
Advanced Euphonium
Advanced Tuba
SENIOR RECITAL SEMESTER: 2 credits performance study AND 2 credits Senior Recital4
Advanced Horn
and Senior Recital
Advanced Trumpet
and Senior Recital
Advanced Trombone
and Senior Recital
Advanced Euphonium
and Senior Recital
Advanced Tuba
and Senior Recital
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
Music History
MUSIC 211 Survey of the History of Western Music3
MUSIC 212 Survey of the History of Western Music3
Select two of the following courses:6
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
Piano4
Complete the following course or pass proficiency exam. Initial course level determined by audition.
Intermediate Class Piano
Organizations8
One of the following courses is required each semester of enrollment in performance study:
Wind Ensemble
Concert Band
Chamber Orchestra
University Symphony Orchestra
Ensemble4
Enroll 4 times in the following:
Ensemble-Brass
Conducting and Pedagogy
MUSIC 252 Introduction to Conducting and Pedagogy2
Non-Western Music Cultures 2
2 credits from any of the following courses:
Introduction to Music Cultures of the World
Jazz Ensemble
Black Music Ensemble
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
Jazz Improvisation
Jazz Improvisation
Non-Western Music Performance-Study Groups
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
Seminar in Global Popular Music
Music Electives14
Any music courses qualify as electives EXCEPT for 660- courses intended for non-music majors.
Extra credits from the above requirements may be included among electives.
Total Credits90

Composition

Composition
MUS PERF 148 First Year Composition3
MUS PERF 247 Second Year Composition3
MUS PERF 248 Second Year Composition3
MUS PERF 347 Third Year Composition3
MUS PERF 348 Third Year Composition3
MUS PERF 447 Fourth Year Composition 13
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
Counterpoint 6
Renaissance Polyphony
Baroque Counterpoint
Music History
MUSIC 211 Survey of the History of Western Music3
MUSIC 212 Survey of the History of Western Music3
Select two of the following courses:6
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
Piano2
Complete at least one semester at 200-level. Initial course level determined by audition.
Elementary/Intermediate Piano for Non-Piano Majors
Performing Organizations and Ensembles4
4 credits from the following courses: 2
Wind Ensemble
Concert Band
University Band
Concert Choir
Women's Chorus
Choral Union
Masters' Singers
Chorale
Madrigal Singers
University Chorus
All-University String Orchestra
Chamber Orchestra
University Symphony Orchestra
Collegium Musicum
Jazz Ensemble
Ensemble-Woodwind
Ensemble-Brass
Ensemble-Percussion
Ensemble-String
Ensemble-Guitar
Contemporary Chamber Ensemble
Conducting and Pedagogy
MUSIC 252 Introduction to Conducting and Pedagogy2
Musical Cultures of the World3
Introduction to Music Cultures of the World
or select from one of the following courses:
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
Seminar in Global Popular Music
Orchestration
MUSIC 523 Orchestration I3
Music Electives24
Any music courses qualify as electives EXCEPT for 660- courses intended for non-music majors.
Extra credits from the above requirements may be included among electives.
Total Credits90

Guitar Performance

Performance Study
FIRST YEAR: 200-level performance study, 2 semesters, 2 credits each semester4
Elementary/Intermediate Guitar (two semesters)
SECOND YEAR: 200-level performance study, 2 semesters, 4 credits each semester8
Elementary/Intermediate Guitar (two semesters)
THIRD AND FOURTH YEARS: 400-level performance study, 3 semesters, 4 credits each semester12
Advanced Guitar (three semesters)
SENIOR RECITAL SEMESTER: 2 credits performance study AND 2 credits Senior Recital4
Advanced Guitar
and Senior Recital
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
Music History
MUSIC 211 Survey of the History of Western Music3
MUSIC 212 Survey of the History of Western Music3
Select two of the following courses:6
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
Piano4
Complete the following course or pass proficiency exam:
Intermediate Class Piano
Performing Organizations
4 credits from any of the following courses:4
Wind Ensemble
Concert Band
University Band
Concert Choir
Women's Chorus
Choral Union
Masters' Singers
Chorale
Madrigal Singers
University Chorus
All-University String Orchestra
Chamber Orchestra
University Symphony Orchestra
Guitar Ensemble8
Required every semester of enrollment in performance study:
Ensemble-Guitar
Conducting and Pedagogy
MUSIC 252 Introduction to Conducting and Pedagogy2
Non-Western Music Cultures 2
2 credits from any of the following courses
Introduction to Music Cultures of the World
Jazz Ensemble
Black Music Ensemble
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
Jazz Improvisation
Jazz Improvisation
Non-Western Music Performance-Study Groups
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
Seminar in Global Popular Music
Pedagogy
MUSIC 340 Pedagogy2
Repertoire
MUSIC 346 Repertoire2
Music Electives10
Any music courses qualify as electives EXCEPT for 660- courses intended for non-music majors.
Extra credits from the above requirements may be included among the electives.
Total Credits90

Harp Performance

Performance Study
FIRST YEAR: 200-level performance study in the major instrument, 2 semesters, 2 credits each semester4
Elementary/Intermediate Harp
SECOND YEAR: 200-level performance study in the major instrument, 2 semesters, 4 credits each semester8
Elementary/Intermediate Harp
THIRD AND FOURTH YEARS: 400-level performance study in the major instrument, 3 semesters, 4 credits each semester12
Advanced Harp (three semesters)
SENIOR RECITAL SEMESTER: 2 credits performance study AND 2 credits Senior Recital4
Advanced Harp
and Senior Recital
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
Music History
MUSIC 211 Survey of the History of Western Music3
MUSIC 212 Survey of the History of Western Music3
Select two of the following courses:6
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
Piano4
Complete the following course or pass proficiency exam. Initial course level determined by audition.
Intermediate Class Piano
Performing Organizations8
One of the following courses is required each semester of enrollment in performance study:
Chamber Orchestra
University Symphony Orchestra (to be assigned)
String Ensemble4
Enroll 4 times in the following:
Ensemble-String
Ensemble Electives 4
4 credits from any of the following courses:
Wind Ensemble
Concert Band
University Band
Concert Choir
Women's Chorus
Choral Union
Masters' Singers
Chorale
Madrigal Singers
University Chorus
Chamber Orchestra
University Symphony Orchestra
Opera Workshop
Jazz Ensemble
Ensemble-Woodwind
Black Music Ensemble
Ensemble-Brass
Ensemble-Percussion
Ensemble-String
Ensemble-Guitar
Contemporary Chamber Ensemble
Non-Western Music Performance-Study Groups
Collegium Musicum
Conducting and Pedagogy
MUSIC 252 Introduction to Conducting and Pedagogy2
Non-Western Music Cultures 2
2 credits from any of the following courses:
Introduction to Music Cultures of the World
Jazz Ensemble
Black Music Ensemble
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
Jazz Improvisation
Jazz Improvisation
Non-Western Music Performance-Study Groups
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
Seminar in Global Popular Music
Pedagogy
MUSIC 340 Pedagogy2
Repertoire
MUSIC 346 Repertoire2
Music Electives6
Any music courses qualify as electives EXCEPT for 660- courses intended for non-music majors.
Extra credits from the above requirements may be included in electives.
Total Credits90

Jazz Studies

Performance Study 1
FIRST YEAR: 200-level performance study in the major instrument, 2 semesters, 2 credits each semester4
SECOND YEAR: 200-level performance study in the major instrument, 2 semesters, 4 credits each semester8
THIRD AND FOURTH YEARS: 400-level performance study in the major instrument, 3 semesters, 4 credits each semester12
SENIOR RECITAL SEMESTER: 2 credits performance study AND 2 credits Senior Recital4
Senior Recital
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 229 Jazz Theory & Composition3
MUS PERF 457 Jazz Composition and Arranging3
Music History
MUSIC 211 Survey of the History of Western Music3
MUSIC 212 Survey of the History of Western Music3
Select two of the following courses:6
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
Survey of Music in the Twentieth Century
Music in the United States
Piano4
Complete the following course or pass proficiency exam. Initial course level determined by audition.
Elementary Class Piano
and Jazz Class Piano
Performing Organizations and Ensembles
2 credits from any of the following courses:2
Wind Ensemble
Concert Band
Concert Choir
Women's Chorus
Masters' Singers
Chorale
Madrigal Singers
University Chorus
Chamber Orchestra
University Symphony Orchestra
Enrollment is required every semester in one of the following:8
Jazz Ensemble
Black Music Ensemble
Conducting and Pedagogy
MUSIC 252 Introduction to Conducting and Pedagogy2
Jazz Improvisation6
2 semesters are required.
Jazz Improvisation
Jazz Improvisation
Music Electives8
Any music courses qualify as electives EXCEPT for 660- courses intended for non-music majors. 2
Extra credits from the above requirements may be included among electives.
Total Credits88

Organ Performance

Perfornance Study
FIRST YEAR: 200-level performance study, 2 semesters, 2 credits each semester4
Elementary/Intermediate Organ
SECOND YEAR: 200-level performance study, 2 semesters, 4 credits each semester8
Elementary/Intermediate Organ
THIRD AND FOURTH YEARS: 400-level performance study, 3 semesters, 4 credits each semester12
Advanced Organ
SENIOR RECITAL SEMESTER: 2 credits performance study AND 2 credits Senior Recital4
Advanced Organ
and Senior Recital
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
Advanced-level Music Theory (400 level or above)3
MUSIC 622 (Baroque Counterpoint) is strongly recommended.
Music History
MUSIC 211 Survey of the History of Western Music3
MUSIC 212 Survey of the History of Western Music3
Select two of the following courses:6
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
Keyboard Skills
MUS PERF 251 Keyboard Skills2
MUS PERF 242 Accompanying2
Organizations/Accompanying6
6 credits from any the following courses:
Concert Choir
Women's Chorus
Choral Union
Masters' Singers
Chorale
Madrigal Singers
Piano Accompanying Lab
Conducting and Pedagogy
MUSIC 252 Introduction to Conducting and Pedagogy2
Non-Western Music Cultures
Two credits from any of the following courses:2
Introduction to Music Cultures of the World
Jazz Ensemble
Black Music Ensemble
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
Jazz Improvisation
Jazz Improvisation
Non-Western Music Performance-Study Groups
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
Seminar in Global Popular Music
Music Electives21
Any music courses qualify as electives EXCEPT for 660- courses intended for non-music majors.
Extra credits from the above requirements may be included among the electives.
Total Credits94

Percussion Performance

Performance Study
FIRST YEAR: 200-level performance study, 2 semesters, 2 credits each semester4
Elementary/Intermediate Percussion
SECOND YEAR: 200-level performance study, 2 semesters, 4 credits each semester8
Elementary/Intermediate Percussion
THIRD AND FOURTH YEARS: 400-level performance study, 3 semesters, 4 credits each semester12
Advanced Percussion
SENIOR RECITAL SEMESTER: 2 credits performance study AND 2 credits Senior Recital4
Advanced Percussion
and Senior Recital
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
Music History
MUSIC 211 Survey of the History of Western Music3
MUSIC 212 Survey of the History of Western Music3
Select two of the following courses:6
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
Piano4
Complete the following course or pass proficiency exam. Initial course level determined by audition.
Intermediate Class Piano
Organizations8
One of the following courses is required each semester of enrollment in performance study:
Wind Ensemble
Concert Band
Chamber Orchestra
University Symphony Orchestra
Percussion Ensemble 4
Enroll four times in the following:
Ensemble-Percussion
Conducting and Pedagogy
MUSIC 252 Introduction to Conducting and Pedagogy2
Non-Western Music Cultures 2
2 credits from any of the following courses:
Introduction to Music Cultures of the World
Jazz Ensemble
Black Music Ensemble
Ensemble-Percussion (world percussion section only)
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
Jazz Improvisation
Jazz Improvisation
Non-Western Music Performance-Study Groups
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
Seminar in Global Popular Music
Music Electives14
Any music courses qualify as electives EXCEPT for 660- courses intended for non-music majors.
Extra credits from the above requirements may be included among electives.
Total Credits90

Piano Performance

Performance Study
FIRST YEAR: 200-level performance study, 2 semesters, 2 credits each semester.4
Elementary/Intermediate Piano
SECOND YEAR: 200-level performance study, 2 semesters, 4 credits each semester8
Elementary/Intermediate Piano
THIRD YEAR: 400-level performance study, 3 semesters, 4 credits each semester12
Advanced Piano
SENIOR RECITAL SEMESTER: 2 credits 400-level performance study and 2 credits senior recital4
Advanced Piano
and Senior Recital
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
Music History
MUSIC 211 Survey of the History of Western Music3
MUSIC 212 Survey of the History of Western Music3
Select two of the following courses:6
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
Keyboard Skills and Accompanying 10
FIRST YEAR:
Keyboard Skills
Accompanying
SECOND, THIRD, AND FOURTH YEARS:
Piano Accompanying Lab ( 6 semesters)
Conducting and Pedagogy
MUSIC 252 Introduction to Conducting and Pedagogy2
Non-Western Music Cultures 2
2 credits from any io the following courses:
Introduction to Music Cultures of the World
Jazz Ensemble
Black Music Ensemble
Ensemble-Percussion
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
Jazz Improvisation
Jazz Improvisation
Non-Western Music Performance-Study Groups
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
Seminar in Global Popular Music
Pedagogy2
Pedagogy (offered fall semester in even-numbered years)
Repertoire4
2 semesters of the following:
Repertoire
Music Electives14
Any music courses qualify as electives EXCEPT for 660- courses intended for non-music majors.
Extra credits from the above requirements may be included in the electives.
Total Credits90

String Performance

Performance
FIRST YEAR: 200-level performance study in the major instrument, 2 semesters, 2 credits each semester4
Elementary/Intermediate Violin
Elementary/Intermediate Viola
Elementary/Intermediate Cello
Elementary/Intermediate String Bass
SECOND YEAR: 200-level performance study on major instrument, 2 semesters, 4 credits each semester8
Elementary/Intermediate Violin
Elementary/Intermediate Viola
Elementary/Intermediate Cello
Elementary/Intermediate String Bass
THIRD AND FOURTH YEARS: 400-level performance study on major instrument, 3 semesters, 4 credits each semester12
Advanced Violin
Advanced Viola
Advanced Cello
Advanced String Bass
SENIOR RECITAL SEMESTER: 2 credits performance study, 2 credits Senior Recital4
Advanced Violin
and Senior Recital
Advanced Viola
and Senior Recital
Advanced Cello
and Senior Recital
Advanced String Bass
and Senior Recital
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
Music History
MUSIC 211 Survey of the History of Western Music3
MUSIC 212 Survey of the History of Western Music3
Select two of the following courses:6
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
Piano4
Complete the following course or pass proficiency exam. Initial course level determined by audition.
Intermediate Class Piano
Performing Organizations8
One of the following courses is required each semester of enrollment in performance study:
Chamber Orchestra
University Symphony Orchestra
String Ensemble4
Enroll four times in the following:
Ensemble-String
Ensemble Electives4
4 credits from any of the following courses:
Wind Ensemble
Concert Band
University Band
Concert Choir
Women's Chorus
Choral Union
Masters' Singers
Chorale
Madrigal Singers
University Chorus
Chamber Orchestra
University Symphony Orchestra
Opera Workshop
Jazz Ensemble
Ensemble-Woodwind
Black Music Ensemble
Ensemble-Brass
Ensemble-Percussion
Ensemble-String
Ensemble-Guitar
Contemporary Chamber Ensemble
Non-Western Music Performance-Study Groups
Collegium Musicum
MUSIC 252 Introduction to Conducting and Pedagogy2
Non-Western Music Cultures 2
2 credits from any of the following courses:
Introduction to Music Cultures of the World
Jazz Ensemble
Black Music Ensemble
Ensemble-Percussion
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
Jazz Improvisation
Jazz Improvisation
Non-Western Music Performance-Study Groups
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
Seminar in Global Popular Music
Pedagogy
MUSIC 340 Pedagogy2
Repertoire
MUSIC 346 Repertoire2
Music Electives6
Any music courses qualify as electives EXCEPT for 660- courses intended for non-music majors.
Extra credits from the above requirements may be included in electives.
Total Credits90

Voice Performance

Performance
FIRST YEAR: 200-level performance study, 2 semesters, 2 credits each semester4
Elementary/Intermediate Voice
SECOND YEAR: 200-level performance study, 2 semesters, 4 credits each semester8
Advanced Voice
THIRD AND FOURTH YEARS: 400-level performance study, 3 semesters, 4 credits each semester12
Advanced Voice
SENIOR RECITAL SEMESTER: 2 credits performance study AND 2 credits Senior Recital4
Advanced Voice
and Senior Recital
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
Music History
MUSIC 211 Survey of the History of Western Music3
MUSIC 212 Survey of the History of Western Music3
Select two of the following courses:6
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
Piano8
Four semesters are required. Initial course level determined by audition.
Performing Organizations, Opera8
4 credits from any of the following courses:
Concert Choir
Chorale
Madrigal Singers
Plus 4 credits from any of the following courses:
Concert Choir
Chorale
Madrigal Singers
University Opera
Opera Workshop
Conducting and Pedagogy2
Introduction to Conducting and Pedagogy (enroll in spring of odd-numbered year to avoid conflict with MUSIC 468)
Non-Western Music Cultures 2
2 credits from any of the following courses:
Introduction to Music Cultures of the World
Jazz Ensemble
Black Music Ensemble
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
Jazz Improvisation
Jazz Improvisation
Non-Western Music Performance-Study Groups
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
Seminar in Global Popular Music
Language Diction 4
Language Diction for Singing I (offered in fall of odd-numbered years)
Language Diction for Singing II (offered in spring of even-numbered years)
Repertoire 2
Repertoire (offered in fall semester of odd-numbered years)
Music Electives8
Any music courses qualify as electives EXCEPT for 660- courses intended for non-music majors.
Extra credits from the above requirements may be included in electives.
Total Credits90

Woodwind Performance

Performance
FIRST YEAR: 200-level performance study in the major instrument, 2 semesters, 2 credits each semester4
Elementary/Intermediate Flute
Elementary/Intermediate Oboe
Elementary/Intermediate Clarinet
and Senior Recital
Elementary/Intermediate Saxophone
Elementary/Intermediate Bassoon
SECOND YEAR: 200-level performance study in the major instrument, 2 semesters, 4 credits each semester8
Elementary/Intermediate Flute
Elementary/Intermediate Oboe
Elementary/Intermediate Clarinet
Elementary/Intermediate Saxophone
Elementary/Intermediate Bassoon
THIRD AND FOURTH YEARS: 400-level performance study in the major instrument, 3 semesters, 4 credits each semester12
Advanced Flute
Advanced Oboe
Advanced Clarinet
Advanced Saxophone
Advanced Bassoon
SENIOR RECITAL SEMESTER: 2 credits performance study AND 2 credits Senior Recital4
Advanced Flute
and Senior Recital
Advanced Oboe
and Senior Recital
Advanced Clarinet
and Senior Recital
Advanced Saxophone
and Senior Recital
Advanced Bassoon
and Senior Recital
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
Music History
MUSIC 211 Survey of the History of Western Music3
MUSIC 212 Survey of the History of Western Music3
Select two of the following courses:6
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
Piano4
Complete the following course or pass proficiency exam. Initial course level determined by audition.
Intermediate Class Piano
Organizations8
One of the following courses is required each semester of enrollment in performance study:
Wind Ensemble
Concert Band
Chamber Orchestra
University Symphony Orchestra
Woodwind Ensemble4
Enroll four times in the following:
Ensemble-Woodwind
Conducting and Pedagogy2
Introduction to Conducting and Pedagogy
Non-Western Music Cultures 2
2 credits from any of the following courses:
Introduction to Music Cultures of the World
Jazz Ensemble
Black Music Ensemble
Ensemble-Percussion
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
Jazz Improvisation
Jazz Improvisation
Non-Western Music Performance-Study Groups
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
Music Electives14
Any music courses qualify as electives EXCEPT for 660- courses intended for non-music majors.
Extra credits from the above requirements may be included in electives.
Total Credits90

Residence & Quality of Work

2.000 GPA in all MUSIC, MUS PERF and major courses

2.000 GPA in 15 upper-level credits for the major, taken in residence1

15 credits in MUSIC and/or MUSIC PERF, taken on campus

1These courses count as upper-level:

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 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 and above
MUS PERF
MUS PERF 342 Piano Accompanying Lab1
MUS PERF 347 Third Year Composition3
MUS PERF 348 Third Year Composition3
MUS PERF 500 and above

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 ThesisMUSIC 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 3.300 in all courses taken at UW–Madison and maintain this average throughout the degree.
  • Present a minimum 3.500 GPA in all music coursework and maintain a minimum 3.500 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 681MUSIC 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.

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. Develop advanced levels of proficiency in solo, chamber and ensemble performance sufficient to enter music professions or graduate programs.

2. Understand, synthesize and apply foundational concepts of musical study in theory, history and pedagogy.

3. Demonstrate the ability to learn independently and to integrate knowledge across domains of research and applied studies.

4. Communicate verbally, in writing and through public performance, musical ideas and concepts.

5. Demonstrate ability to work collaboratively and professionally in multiple settings.

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. 

Accreditation

National Association of Schools of Music

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