school-of-music

Majors in this program have a primary interest in professional concertizing, studio teaching (private or in a college or university), or commercial music performance. Some students envision this program as preparing them for other professional goals, such as church music, conducting, graduate study in music, or a facet of the music business. 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. Students are strongly encouraged to see the music advisor each semester. Some general guidelines are:

  • Enroll in organizations (Band, Orchestra, Choir, or Accompanying) each semester, depending on the primary performance area.
  • Enroll for performance study in the major instrument or voice each semester, planning a recital in the senior year.
  • Enroll in secondary piano study the first year to begin working toward the specific requirement of the degree.
  • Enroll in theory and music history courses according to the following schedule:
    Freshman
    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
    Sophomore
    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
    Junior/Senior
    Music History
    Select two of the following: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
  • Enroll in 5-6 credits of courses outside music in Letters & Science.

All music majors are accepted for performance study (private lessons) at the 200 level on the major instrument. Students take a performance jury during the second or third year before progressing to advanced-level (400) study. Specific programs may dictate the exact distribution of course work and course sequences. If all department GPA requirements have been met and if the faculty have approved the student's request for a B.M.: Performance major, students may formally declare the music major after completing the 200-level music theory and history courses and after passing to 400-level study in the major instrument.

ADMISSIONS PROCEDURES

To become a candidate for a School of Music degree a student must be accepted by the UW–Madison Office of Admissions and Recruitment and by the School of Music Undergraduate Admissions Office, 3561H Mosse Humanities. These are the specific steps for applying to the UW–Madison School of Music:

  • Review the information available on the School of Music website.  Any questions may be directed to the School of Music Undergraduate Admissions Office.
  • Request an audition date by submitting a completed School of Music application.
  • Students who expect to need financial assistance should consult the Office of Student Financial Aid.
  • Prepare the appropriate repertoire and materials for the audition.
  • Request that official transcripts be sent to the School of Music Undergraduate Admissions Office from all high schools and colleges attended. Request written recommendations from two people who can attest to the applicant's musical background and ability.
  • 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 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.

To Declare Major

All B.M.–Performance students who have formally declared the major are assigned a classification of MUS in the College of Letters & Science. Before qualifying to declare the music major, each student is required to attain the following minimum grade point averages:

  • 2.5 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
  • 3.0 in all music courses
  • 2.75 cumulative (all courses)

Special Students

Persons who are interested in courses offered by the School of Music but who are not working toward a UW–Madison degree should contact the Division of Continuing Studies, 21 North Park Street, Madison, WI 53715; 608-263-6960. Enrollment is limited in music courses, and priority is given to UW–Madison undergraduate degree candidates.

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

General Education Requirements (GER)

(For a more detailed explanation, see the section on General Education Requirements in the Guide.)
Communication Part A and Part B, 3 to 6 cr
Quantitative Reasoning Part A and Part B, 3 to 6 cr
Natural Science, 4 to 6 cr
Ethnic Studies, 3 cr

Liberal Studies (L&S Nonmusic)

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

Requirements for the Major

In Bachelor of Music-Performance programs, most students enroll for lessons on the major instrument as follows:

200 level: first year, 2 credits each semester; second year, 4 credits each semester

400 level: third year, 4 credits each semester; fourth year, 4 credits first semester and 2 credits second semester plus 2 credits senior recital

Brass Performance

Senior Recital
MUS PERF 499 Senior Recital2
Performance Study
Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba26
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: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
Piano
Take 4 credits in the following or pass proficiency exam:4
Intermediate Class Piano
Organizations
Select 8 credits from the following:8
Wind Ensemble
Concert Band
Chamber Orchestra
University Symphony Orchestra
Ensemble
Take 4 credits in the following:4
Ensemble-Brass
Introduction to Conducting and Pedagogy
Select 2 credits in Introduction to Conducting and Pedagogy2
Non-Western Music Cultures
Select 2 credits from the following: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
Music Electives
Select 14 credits in music electives14
Total Credits90

Composition

Composition
MUS PERF 147 First Year Composition3
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 Composition3
MUS PERF 448 Fourth Year Composition3
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
MUSIC 621 Renaissance Polyphony3
or MUSIC 622 Baroque Counterpoint
Music History
MUSIC 211 Survey of the History of Western Music3
MUSIC 212 Survey of the History of Western Music3
Select three of the following:15
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
Piano
Take 8 credits in the following or pass proficiency exam:8
Elementary/Intermediate Piano for Non-Piano Majors
Performing Organizations
Select 4 credits from the following: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
Introduction to Conducting and Pedagogy
Select 2 credits from Introduction to Conducting and Pedagogy2
Musical Cultures of the World
Select one of the following:3
Musical Cultures of the World
Musical Cultures of the World
Music of S.E. Asia: Tradition, Innovation, Politics, and Religion
Orchestration
MUSIC 523 Orchestration I3
MUSIC 524 Orchestration II3
Music Electives
Select a minumum of 9 credits from the following Music (660) or Music Performance:9
Introduction to Music Technology
Conducting
Conducting
Contemporary Chamber Ensemble
Jazz Improvisation
Jazz Improvisation
Non-Western Music Performance-Study Groups
Music Cultures of the World: Africa, Europe, the Americas (after satisfaction of requirement above)
Musical Cultures of the World (after satisfaction of requirement above)
Musical Cultures of the World (after satisfaction of requirement above)
Music of S.E. Asia: Tradition, Innovation, Politics, and Religion (after satisfaction of requirement above)
Special Topics in Music (composition-related topics only)
Directed Study
Form and Analysis
Form and Analysis II
Jazz Composition and Arranging
Jazz Composition and Arranging
Total Credits96

Guitar Performance

Senior Recital
MUS PERF 499 Senior Recital2
Performance Study
Take 26 credits in the following:26
Elementary/Intermediate Guitar
Advanced Guitar
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: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
Piano
Take 4 credits in the following or pass proficiency exam:4
Intermediate Class Piano
Organizations
Select 4 credits from the following: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 Ensemble
Take 8 credits in the following:8
Ensemble-Guitar
Introduction to Conducting and Pedagogy
Select 2 credits in Introduction to Conducting and Pedagogy2
Non-Western Music Cultures
Select 2 credits in the following: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
Pedagogy
MUSIC 340 Pedagogy2
Repertoire
MUSIC 346 Repertoire2
Music Electives
Select 10 credits in music electives10
Total Credits90

Harp Performance

Senior Recital
MUS PERF 499 Senior Recital2
Performance Study
Take 26 credits in the following:26
Elementary/Intermediate Harp
Advanced Harp
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 one of the following: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
Piano
Take 4 credits in the following or pass proficiency exam:4
Intermediate Class Piano
Organizations
Take 8 credits in the folloiwng:8
Chamber Orchestra
University Symphony Orchestra (to be assigned)
String Ensemble
Take 4 credits in the following:4
Ensemble-String
Ensemble Electives
Select 4 credits from the following:4
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
Introduction to Conducting and Pedagogy
Select 2 credits in Introduction to Conducting and Pedagogy2
Non-Western Music Cultures
Select 2 credits from the following: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
Pedagogy
MUSIC 340 Pedagogy2
Repertoire
MUSIC 346 Repertoire2
Music Electives
Select 6 credits in music electives6
Total Credits87

Status of Jazz Studies Option

As of Fall 2012, an updated Jazz Studies option is under development. Please contact the School of Music Undergraduate Admissions Office (admissions@music.wisc.edu) for up-to-date information on the status of the Jazz Studies option and on application dates and procedures. While the option is under development, students are already able to participate in jazz ensembles and classes in jazz foundations, improvisation techniques, jazz history, and jazz composition and arranging.

Organ Performance

Senior Recital
MUS PERF 499 Senior Recital2
Performance Study
Take 26 credits in the following:26
Elementary/Intermediate Organ
Advanced Organ
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 History
MUSIC 211 Survey of the History of Western Music3
MUSIC 212 Survey of the History of Western Music3
Select one of the following: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
Piano
Select two semesters at 200 level4
Organizations
Take 6 credits in the following:6
Concert Choir
Women's Chorus
Choral Union
Masters' Singers
Chorale
Madrigal Singers
Introduction to Conducting and Pedagogy
Select 2 credit from Introduction to Conducting and Pedagogy2
Non-Western Music Cultures
Select 2 credits from the following: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
Music Electives
Select 17 credits in music electives17
Total Credits87

Percussion Performance

Senior Recital
MUS PERF 499 Senior Recital2
Performance Study
Take 26 credit in the following:26
Elementary/Intermediate Percussion
Advanced Percussion
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 one of the following: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
Piano
Take 4 credits in the following or pass proficiency exam:4
Intermediate Class Piano
Organizations
Take 8 credits in the following:8
Wind Ensemble
Concert Band
Chamber Orchestra
University Symphony Orchestra
Percussion Ensemble
Take 4 credits in the following:4
Ensemble-Percussion
Introduction to Conducting and Pedagogy
Select 2 credits in Introduction to Conducting and Pedagogy2
Non-Western Music Cultures 2
Select 2 credits in the following:
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
Music Electives
Select 14 credits in music electives14
Total Credits87

Piano Performance

Senior Recital
MUS PERF 499 Senior Recital2
Performance Study
Take 26 credits in the following:26
Elementary/Intermediate Piano
Advanced Piano
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 one of the following: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
Keyboard Skills and Accompanying
Take 10 credits in the following:10
Keyboard Skills
Accompanying
Piano Accompanying Lab
Introduction to Conducting and Pedagogy
Select 2 credits in Introduction to Conducting and Pedagogy2
Non-Western Music Cultures
Select 2 credits in the following:2
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
Pedagogy
MUSIC 340 Pedagogy2
Repertoire
Take 2 semesters of the following:4
Repertoire
Music Electives
Select 14 credits in music electives14
Total Credits87

String Performance

Senior Recital
MUS PERF 499 Senior Recital2
Performance
Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass26
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 one of the following: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
Piano
Take 4 credits in the following or pass proficiency exam:4
Intermediate Class Piano
Organizations
Take 8 credits in the following:8
Chamber Orchestra
University Symphony Orchestra
String Ensemble
Take 4 credits in the following:4
Ensemble-String
Ensemble Electives
Select 4 credits in the following:4
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
Introduction to Conducting and Pedagogy
Select 2 credits in Introduction to Conducting and Pedagogy2
Non-Western Music Cultures
Select 2 credits in the following:2
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
Pedagogy
MUSIC 340 Pedagogy2
Repertoire
MUSIC 346 Repertoire2
Music Electives
Select 6 credits in music electives6
Total Credits87

Voice Performance

Senior Recital
MUS PERF 499 Senior Recital2
Performance
Take 26 credits in the following:26
Elementary/Intermediate Voice
Advanced Voice
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 one of the following: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
Piano
Take four semesters8
Organizations
Take 4-8 credits in the following:4-8
Concert Choir
Chorale
Madrigal Singers
University Opera/Opera Workshop
Select 0-4 credits in the following:0-4
University Opera
Opera Workshop
Introduction to Conducting and Pedagogy
Select 2 credits in Introduction to Conducting and Pedagogy2
Non-Western Music Cultures
Select 2 credits in the following: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
Language Diction
MUSIC 467 Language Diction for Singing I2
MUSIC 468 Language Diction for Singing II2
Repertoire
MUSIC 346 Repertoire2
Music Electives
Select 8 credits in music electives8
Total Credits83-91

Woodwind Performance

Senior Recital
MUS PERF 499 Senior Recital2
Performance
Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone26
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 one of the following: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
Piano
Take 4 credits in the following or pass proficiency exam:4
Intermediate Class Piano
Organizations
Take 8 credits in the following:8
Wind Ensemble
Concert Band
Chamber Orchestra
University Symphony Orchestra
Woodwind Ensemble
Take 4 credits in the following:4
Ensemble-Woodwind
Introduction to Conducting and Pedagogy
Select 2 credits in Introduction to Conducting and Pedagogy2
Non-Western Music Cultures
Select 2 credits in the following:2
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 Electives
Select 14 credits in music electives14
Total Credits87

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.

Professors Aley, Bartley, Blasius, Calderon, Chisholm, Cook, Crook, Davis, Dembski, Dill, Di Sanza, Doing, Earp, Fischer, Fulmer, Hyer, Jensen, Johnson, Jutt, Karp, Koza, Leckrone, Perry, Radano, Rowe, Schaffer, Schwendinger, Smith, Stowe, Swack, B. Taylor, C. Taylor, Teeple, Thimmig, Vardi

Associate Professors Dobbs, Hetzler, Vallon

Assistant Professors Grabois, Wallmann