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.
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.
Applied instrumental program details
- Program length: four years
- Availability: campus
- 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
Accredited by: All music degrees from UW-Eau Claire have been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
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.
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!
String bass player of the San Francisco Symphony; San Francisco, California
- Tuba player of the Beijing Symphony Orchestra; Beijing, China
- Professor in Jazz Studies at Indiana University; Bloomington, Indiana
- Founder and former CEO; Jamf; Eau Claire, Wisconsin
- Director of School of Music at University of Iowa; Iowa City, Iowa
Music - applied instrumental careers
- Professional performer
- Private music teacher
- Music professor
- Arts administrator
The opportunities that have been granted to me here are extraordinary. From accompanying professional musicians, playing in jazz bands, to conducting operas and musicals, I have had experiences that have not only shaped me as a musician, but as a human being as well.
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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