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Music + Theatre Academic Offerings

Music and Theatre Majors and Minors

Many Blugolds strive to turn a passion into a career, which is exactly what being a part of the Music and Theatre Arts Department can do. You can learn to compose, educate others and perform at your highest level. Work closely with our committed faculty to conduct creative research or travel abroad to learn more from our friends overseas. Allow your education to take center stage and embrace all of the opportunities this department offers.

The music and theatre arts department offers the following programs:

  1. Learn how to manage and direct art organizations with a certificate in arts administration.

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  2. Dance students rehearsing on stage

    Explore ballet, modern dance, jazz and tap, while participating in countless performance opportunities. This is an open-admission program, meaning all dance courses are open to all students, and anyone can enjoy the art of dance.

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  3. Student playing the guitar

    Participate in one of the largest marching bands in the country, sing in an a cappella group or help run one of the largest jazz festivals in the nation. With over 200 performances available each year, you'll have plenty of chances to perform and prepare for your music-focused career.

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  4. 2022 Band Concert

    Designed for those aspiring to be musical performers, the applied instrumental music major provides valuable, professional experience to promising musicians.

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  5. Students during a choir concert

    Designed for those aspiring to be performing artists, the applied voice major provides valuable, professional experience to promising singers.

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  6. UWEC music student and professor discuss music

    Explore compositional styles and techniques to develop your own. As one of the largest music departments in the region, you'll find yourself surrounded by passionate, enthusiastic people just like you, interested in creating and playing original music.

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  7. Theatre production at UWEC

    Whether your art is singing, dancing, acting, directing, playwriting, costuming, set building or sound and lights — there’s a place for you here! Follow your dreams with our musical theatre bachelor's degree.

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  8. Student using equipment at the Pablo Center

    Our recording arts certificate features a robust, interdisciplinary curriculum that addresses diverse interests in both sound and technology. Gain real-world experience through an internship and direct access to a recording studio.

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  9. Students singing in the holiday concert

    Gain the skills, tools and certification necessary to teach choral and instrumental music to grades K-12. Our choral emphasis provides specialized courses and learning opportunities for those specifically interested in teaching choir.

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  10. Hannah Sternberg, music education major playing violin

    Gain the skills, tools and certification necessary to teach instrumental and choral music to grades K-12 through rigorous curriculum paired with real-world experience.

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  11. Theatre production at UWEC

    Pursue your theatrical passions with a bachelor's degree in theatre arts. We will help you feel confident, prepared and empowered to take the stage through leading-edge curriculum, state-of-the-art facilities and student-focused faculty.

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Gina Cruciani sings in the role of Susanna during a spring 2015 performance of the opera “The Marriage of Figaro.”

Blugold follows passions of science and singing

One music class changed the direction of Gina Cruciani’s life and helped her find a future that combined her love of science and singing. The class, Vocal Pedagogy, showed Gina a career path she never considered before: working in the field of voice science.

“I’ve had great faculty mentors who have appreciated my love for both disciplines and helped me foster this passion by always encouraging me," she said. "My experience at UWEC is one I could not have gotten anywhere else.”

Gina credits UW-Eau Claire’s emphasis on liberal arts for allowing her to take a range of classes and pursue her singing aspirations — opportunities that led her to be a part of several choirs and operas as well as travel to New York and Ireland.

Passionate playing

The many degrees and certificates offered by the department lead to a variety of distinct career paths. Picking a major or minor in any one of these areas opens up a world of great facilities, studios, lessons, classroom learning, performances and camaraderie with others in your specialty. Plus, you'll be surrounded by a variety of the other arts as well, which means creative inspiration is never too far away.

Whether you prefer to perform, or your greatest desire is to teach others how to hone their artistic craft, our renowned majors, minors and certificate programs will guide you into your profession. Whatever path you take, you'll get a broad and comprehensive education that not only develops technical competence, but also an understanding of literature, style, and the role of arts in society.

The department of music and theatre arts is the reason I call UWEC home. The staff genuinely cares about my success and the students have become lifelong friends. I cannot imagine who I would be without the talented and inspiring individuals who make up this facet of the university and encourage me to do what I love.

Dana Strothenke Theatre Arts
EauxClaires sound

Arts administration certificate

Do you have goals of helping bring the arts to local communities? A certificate in administration might be just the ticket!

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UW-Eau Claire choral section during the annual Holiday Concert.

Auditions for music majors and minors

We would love to hear you perform! Students interested in declaring a music major, music minor, or musical theatre major will need to audition for admission to the program. See Audition Details for specific audition requirements.

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