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If you love music and think you want to take it to a professional level — perform, compose, conduct or teach — UW-Eau Claire is the place for you! Known as “Wisconsin’s Singing University,” UW-Eau Claire’s department of music and theatre arts features a distinctive and supportive environment for the study of music.


Music is alive and well at
UW-Eau Claire

UW-Eau Claire boasts the largest undergrad music program in the UW System. We are home to the nation’s largest Division III marching band, the largest jazz festival in the nation, 375+ music majors, 160+ concerts/events each year and hundreds of students who just love to develop their musical talent.

Practice makes excellence

Students have ample opportunities to perform in a wide variety of bands and ensembles. Students have the opportunity to take on leadership roles in productions like the long-running Cabaret, that is student directed. Other opportunities include the Blugold Marching Band and students organizations that are associated with professional organizations with a national affiliation. Each year the department presents more than 160 concerts and recitals,

including the ever-popular Viennese Ball and Holiday Concert.

Off campus and across continents

Music ensembles have performed from coast to coast in the U.S., toured Europe, traveled to China and even performed for Pope Benedict XVI and an estimated crowd of 100,000 people in Rome.

Get personal

Our outstanding faculty, performers, composers and music educators are proud of the individual attention they give their students. You’ll learn in small class settings and get lots of one-on-one attention from professors who inspire learning and truly want you  to succeed. There are also numerous faculty-student collaborative research opportunities.

And the award goes to:

Several UW-Eau Claire ensembles have acquired national and international reputations. Jazz Ensemble I is a  six-time winner of Down Beat magazine’s Best College Big Band award and has been nominated for two Grammys. The department also has been recognized by the New York Times as having one of the best jazz studies program in the country!

music student



Bachelor of Music
  • Performance
  • Composition
  • Music Theory
  • Collaborative piano
  • Piano pedagogy
Bachelor of Music Education
  • Instrumental and
    General Music
  • Choral and General
Bachelor of Arts in Music
Bachelor of Science
  in Music
Bachelor of Arts in
  Music History
Bachelor of Science
  in Music History


• Music

Certificate program

Fine Arts Administration

Course work

All undergraduate music majors complete a core of course work in music theory, music history, music literature and conducting. Music majors also study an instrument or voice and participate in an ensemble throughout their degree program. Large and small ensembles offer opportunities to perform diverse styles and traditions of music.
More advising information

Suggested freshman curriculum

• Written and aural theory
  Private lessons in an
  instrument or voice
• Music ensemble
• Group piano, if needed
• General electives

Music scholarships

Be sure to check out the web sites for some great scholarships:
Admission scholarships
Music scholarships

Our graduates

Typical positions held by music graduates include professional performer as a soloist or with an ensemble, composer, arranger, conductor, music educator, or church musician.
More career information

Places you’ll find recent graduates:

• Trumpet performer,
  Broadway musicals
• Singer, Ball in the House,
  Dorchester, MA
• Trumpet soloist, Glenn Miller
  Productions, Inc.,
  Maitland, FL
• Musician, Chanticleer
  Singing Group
• Educators in
  Public Schools,
  Chippewa Falls Schools,
  Chippewa Falls, WI

Department contact information

Nichole Akright

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Special admission requirements

In addition to UW-Eau Claire admission requirements, students enrolling as a music major or minor are required to successfully complete an audition for instrument or voice and a piano placement examination prior to enrolling. Audition information and scheduling is available at
Excellence. Our Measure. Our Motto. Our Goal.