Earn your bachelor's degree in choral and music teaching from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Our music education program will give you the opportunity to combine your passions for music and teaching so you can inspire the minds of future musicians and help change the world for the better. Our music education program leads to certification to teach choral and general music in grades K-12.
UW-Eau Claire's music degrees have been accredited by the National Association of Schools and Music, which allows you to have flexibility and choose your path. Our music education program also gives you real-life, high-impact learning opportunities through a full semester of student teaching, ensembles and interactive learning.
Support your college journey with scholarships! The UW-Eau Claire Foundation provides many scholarships for incoming and current Blugolds. There are currently over thousands of dollars in scholarships for students seeking a choral and general music teaching degree from UW-Eau Claire.
Music - choral and general music teaching scholarships
UW-Eau Claire offers many different scholarships to students for their success. It's one of our top priorities to create a compassionate environment that embraces differences and provides opportunities for everyone to thrive. An example of that is the Branden Atherton Memorial Music Scholarship. This scholarship rewards $8,800 to a music education major. 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 music teaching degree.
Learn more about the financial aid process at UW-Eau Claire.
Choral and general music teaching program details
- Program length: four years
- Availability: campus
- American String Teachers Association (ASTA)
- Collegiate National Association for Music Educators (CNAfME)
Student organizations (continued)
- Eau Claire Jazz
- National Band Association Collegiate Chapter
- Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (PMA)
- Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI)
Accredited by: All music degrees from UW-Eau Claire have been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
Empowering students with real-life and high-impact experiences. At UW-Eau Claire, it is our top priority to provide students with the correct tools and guidance they need to take on any challenge. Our music education program will provide you with a great variety of ensemble experiences and a full semester of student teaching. Our program allows music education students to receive frequent exposure to public school classroom settings through various curriculum in applied voice, adaptive music, and choral teaching methods. UW-Eau Claire wants you to feel prepared and ready so you can lead a successful career in any path you choose.
Collaborative and impactful learning opportunities. Student organizations are a huge part of the music + theatre department at UW-Eau Claire. Our music education program has student organizations that cater specifically to choral and general music teaching majors such as, American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and Collegiate National Association for Music Educators (CNAfME). We also offer a variety of other musical and acapella groups like Audacious, Fifth Element, and Gospel Choir. At UW-Eau Claire, we value building a supportive community that builds strong relationships and connections.
As an instrumental and general music teaching major, you will feel prepared to teach music and inspire the minds of our future. Music Education has been central to the university since its foundation in 1917. We have a 100% placement rate for our music education graduates.
Where are choral and music teaching degree alumni now?
- Choir Director & Performing Arts Center Director, Waupaca High School; Waupaca, Wisconsin
- Choral Director, Faith Lutheran Mission Church; Eau Claire, Wisconsin
- Choral Director, Portage High School; Portage, Wisconsin
- Private Voice Teacher; Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Administrative Assistant, Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts; Brookfield, Wisconsin
Choral and general music teaching careers
- Music teacher
- Private vocal instructor
- Choir Director
- Vocal accompanist
The daily memories of the great music and connections I experienced through the UW-Eau Claire Choral Department refresh, energize, and motivate me to be the best music teacher I can be.
At UW-Eau Claire, we strive to provide an experiential and transformative education that will provide you with the tools you need to lead a successful classroom and inspire future musicians. Our choral and music teaching bachelor's degree provides many experiential learning opportunities that will help you feel prepared and empowered.
Graduation requirements for an choral and general music teaching bachelor's degree
Liberal Education Core (36 credits)
Music Theory (16 credits)
Music History/Literature (12 credits)
Applied Music - voice or piano emphasis (8 credits)
Conducting (4 credits)
Pedagogy (3 credits)
Recital (1 credit)
Ensembles (7 credits)
Music Methods (9 credits)
Conducting Lab (2 credits)
Professional Education (26 credits)
Teacher Education Program (46 credits)
View more in UWEC course catalog.
Top classes for music - choral and general music teaching majors
Theory Written and Theory Aural
Music History & Society
Introduction to Music Education