Turn your passion and talent into a career with a bachelor's degree in applied instrumental music from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Designed for those aspiring to be performing artists or private studio instructors, the applied instrumental music major pairs a rigorous curriculum with valuable, professional experience. Join ensembles, participate in recitals or perform in a local theatre production. Known for its music scene, both the city of Eau Claire and UWEC offer many opportunities to showcase your skills.
Our renowned music department prides itself on providing a collaborative, experiential learning environment. Discover best practices and new perspectives through internships, study abroad and the National Student Exchange program. Professors have a multitude of experiences on- and off-stage, and they use that knowledge to help you learn best practices and master techniques. Small class sizes allow you to get one-on-one attention and feel connected with others who are passionate about music.
The applied instrumental music major is known for producing successful graduates. Are you ready to be one of them?
UW-Eau Claire currently offers more than 50 scholarships and thousands of dollars to students pursuing music degrees at UW-Eau Claire. An example of that is the Cassandra Ball Egdahl Music Scholarship. This scholarship offers various awards (up to $5,000) to incoming students who have been accepted into a music program.
Learn more about additional scholarships and resources are available to you by checking out our scholarships page.
Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire
Working to make your college education affordable is very important to us. We are here to walk you through the financial aid process and make applying for aid and paying your bill as easy as possible.
To get this process started, please contact our staff at Blugold Central — our one-stop shop for tuition and financial aid. They will help you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, freeing you up to focus on academics and your applied instrumental music degree.
Learn more about the financial aid process at UW-Eau Claire.
Applied instrumental music program details
- Program length: four years
- Offered: in person
- Campus: Eau Claire
- This major does not require a minor.
- National Band Association Collegiate Chapter
- American String Teachers Association (ASTA)
- Clarinet Studio Organization
- Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (PMA)
- Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI)
All music degrees from UW-Eau Claire have been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
Expert, caring faculty. Our student-focused faculty make it their top priority to keep you motivated, engaged and inspired, so you continue to grow. Perform alongside your professors in the Contemporary Music Ensemble or travel with faculty to New York City over spring break to explore what it means to be a “gigger."
Real-world experience. Our applied instrumental music major will provide you with many opportunities to build your performance portfolio. A variety of ensembles — from band to orchestra to jazz — will push your creative boundaries and facilitate collaboration with experts in your chosen field. An abundance of community music festivals offer many internships and networking opportunities.
Global learning. Gain a global understanding of culture and music through study abroad, the National Student Exchange program or undergraduate research. Frequent world-renowned guest artists will introduce you to new music and new ways of thinking. Chances to perform internationally are also available to students. Past performances have taken place in Ireland, Singapore and Rome.
One-of-a-kind spaces. UWEC is home to four performance venues, six music classrooms, 36 practice rooms, an audio recording studio, a music technology lab, a digital piano lab and several rehearsal rooms. The University is also proud to partner with the Eau Claire community's newest performance venue, Pablo Center at the Confluence. This state-of-the-art facility hosts our theatre department and many UWEC classes, rehearsals and performances.
Skill-building student organizations. Join one of 20 student clubs and organizations dedicated to celebrating music, theatre and dance. Express yourself, learn new techniques and network with other students. Many student organizations lead to volunteer opportunities, competitions and shows.
Our applied instrumental music majors are well prepared for their next chapter. Graduates have gone on to receive Grammy awards, join professional ensembles, become composers and start their own studios.
Where are applied instrumental music alumni now?
String bass player, San Francisco Symphony, California
- Tuba player, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, China
- Professor in Jazz Studies, Indiana University, Indiana
- Director of School of Music, University of Iowa, Iowa
Applied instrumental music careers
- Professional performer
- Private music teacher
- Music professor
- Arts administrator
From accompanying professional musicians, playing in jazz bands to conducting operas and musicals, I have had experiences here that have not only shaped me as a musician but as a human being as well.
UW-Eau Claire's applied instrumental music bachelor's degree program will provide you with many opportunities to enhance your musical skills and knowledge. A robust curriculum includes courses in musical theory, history, literature, pedagogy, recital, conducting and ensembles.
In addition to UW-Eau Claire admission requirements, students enrolling as a music major or minor are required to successfully complete a departmental audition for instrument or voice prior to enrolling. Audition information and scheduling are available on the department website.
Classes for applied instrumental music majors may include:
- Music History and Society
- Contemporary Music Ensemble
- Beginning Composition
- Jazz Combo
- Symphony Band
- Contemporary Music Ensemble
Learn more about the comprehensive music - applied instrumental major in the UWEC course catalog.
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