Explore the music - applied instrumental degree program at UW-Eau Claire

Turn your passion and talent into a career by earning a music - applied instrumental degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. At UW-Eau Claire, we encourage our students to step outside their comfort zone and take risks to reach their full potential. Our music - applied instrumental program will give you real-life experience through ensembles, recitals, and collaborative learning opportunities with our talented faculty.

The applied instrumental music major is designed for performers whose abilities and desires will lead to careers as performing artists and private studio instructors. Our music program will prepare you for entrance into graduate-level performance programs. We also focus on preparation for public performance, emphasizing mastery of technique and a high level of musical ability.

Empowering UWEC students to pursue their passions with music scholarships

At UW-Eau Claire, it's important for us to provide a supportive community where students are the first priority and provided with the tools they need to reach their full potential. Kaitlyn Witherspoon was one of the four recipients of the Cohen Music Scholarship, which provides full-ride tuition to students in the Eileen Phillips Cohen String Quartet. Through this scholarship, Kaitlyn will have more opportunities to do what she loves—focus on her talents as a cellist.

Our talented faculty and beautiful campus were among some of the reasons that Kaitlyn chose UW-Eau Claire. UW-Eau Claire aspires to provide a transformative learning experience with real-life and high-impact learning opportunities. Our forward-thinking partnerships allow us to push the boundaries of undergraduate education.

Music - applied instrumental degree scholarships and financial aid

Support your college journey with scholarships! The UW-Eau Claire Foundation provides many scholarships for incoming and current Blugolds. There are currently over 50 scholarships and thousands of dollars available to students pursuing music degrees at UW-Eau Claire.

Applied instrumental scholarships

UW-Eau Claire offers many different scholarships to students for their success. One of our top priorities is to create a compassionate environment that embraces differences and provides opportunities for everyone to thrive. An example of that is the Cassandra Ball Egdahl music scholarship. This scholarship offers $4,500 to an incoming freshman who has been accepted into the music program. It is our goal to help students feel empowered with the right tools they need to reach their full potential.

Learn more about what resources are available to you by checking out our scholarships page.

Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire

Student support is one of our top priorities and we are here to help students and their families through the financial aid process. We strive to make the applications and payments as seamless as possible. Get in touch with our staff remotely or in-person through Blugold Central—our one-stop-shop for tuition and financial aid. Our staff helps you learn how to pay for your education so you can get the most value out of your applied instrumental degree.

Learn more about the financial aid process at UW-Eau Claire.

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Quick Facts

Applied instrumental program details
  • Program length: four years
  • Availability: campus
Student opportunities
  • Two orchestras, three concert bands, four jazz ensembles
  • Active chamber music program for piano, strings, and winds
  • Two performing arts centers and six performance halls

Accreditation information: All music degrees from UW-Eau Claire have been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Music - applied instrument bachelor’s degree program highlights

Collaborative learning opportunities with faculty experts. Our student-focused music faculty are passionate about their work and education they provide. You will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with professors who want you to reach your full potential in music and life. Perform alongside faculty in the Contemporary Music Ensemble, travel with faculty to New York City over spring break to explore what it means to be a “gigger” or serve as one of the drum majors in the marching band! At UW-Eau Claire, your education is our first priority and you will develop close relationships with other passionate music majors and faculty.

Local and global high-impact learning experiences. Our applied instrumental degree program will provide you with many opportunities to play in ensembles locally and globally. Some of our local opportunities include internships for six Eau Claire area music festivals and chances to perform at local venues. We also have music ensembles every semester and have performed from coast to coast in the U.S., internationally such as Ireland, Singapore and have even performed for Pope Benedict XVI in Rome. In addition to traveling with ensembles, you will also have opportunities to study abroad.


Downbeat Awards for Best Undergraduate Big Band


guest artists annually for performances


marching band in the Midwest

What jobs can you get with a music - applied instrumental degree from UWEC?

UW-Eau Claire's music - applied instrumental degree will empower you with the correct tools and skills you need to reach your full potential in your career. We have many successful alumni who have received Grammy awards, been members of professional ensembles, become professors, composers, and developed successful studios. These are just a few examples of where our alumni are now—the opportunities are endless!

Music - applied instrumental careers

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.

Miles Plant  |  Applied Instrumental Music

Applied instrumental bachelor’s degree program curriculum

UW-Eau Claire's applied instrumental bachelor's degree program will provide you with many opportunities to develop musical skills and knowledge, so you will feel prepared to pursue your career in music after graduation. We offer music classes that range from private lessons to music theory to conducting which will provide you an in-depth understanding of music, as well as the opportunities to develop your musical talents.

Special Admission Guidelines: 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 departmental website.

Graduation requirements for bachelor of music - applied instrumental degree

Liberal Education Core (36 credits)
Music Theory (16 credits)
Music History/Literature (12 credits)
Applied Instrument (30 credits)
Senior Recital (2 credits)
Conducting (2 credits)
Ensembles (10 credits) 
Music Electives (2 credits)

View more in UWEC course catalog.

Top classes for applied instrumental majors

Applied Music Lessons
Theory Written and Theory Aural
Seminar in Music History
Analyzing Global Traditions in Music

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