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Explore the teaching - all music, choral emphasis bachelor's degree program at UW-Eau Claire

Combine your love for music and teaching with a bachelor's degree in teaching - all music, choral emphasis from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Through a rigorous curriculum and real-world experience, you'll gain the skills, tools and certification necessary to teach music — both instrumental and choral — to grades K-12.

As a UW-Eau Claire music major, you'll quickly find that you earn so much more than just a degree. Rooted in interactive and experiential learning, you'll have opportunities to study abroad, conduct undergraduate research, join ensembles and participate in the National Student Exchange program. Our choral emphasis provides specialized courses and learning opportunities for those specifically interested in teaching choir. A semester of student-teaching in an actual classroom will further build your leadership skills and help you to discover your preferred teaching style. 

You'll also be making a difference. Your knowledge of and passion for music will inspire the next generation of singers and musicians — and make the world a brighter place. 

Service-learning provides rewarding experience

Sydney Rabata found joy and a deeper understanding of what teaching means during her chosen service-learning project. Working with three different organizations to put on a production of Jack and the Beanstalk, Sydney choreographed six different musical numbers for children ranging in age from seven to twelve. The unique opportunity opened Sydney’s eyes to what goes into a production.

“It was really exciting to see all that goes on behind the scenes. I realized how much energy and time actually goes into creating a production. It taught me a lot about time management and patience,” Sydney said. “I learned how to adapt quickly in situations when an idea doesn’t work as well as I had planned.”

The project also allowed Sydney to donate her time to teaching the importance of the arts to the next generation.

“Keeping the arts alive is a crucial need for communities all over the world. The arts are one of the purest expressions of the human experience, and to be able to give children an outlet to express themselves is absolutely vital.”

Teaching - all music, choral emphasis degree scholarships

There are currently thousands of dollars in scholarships for students looking to enroll at UW-Eau Claire. Many incoming students are automatically awarded scholarships for having outstanding academic achievements. There are also additional scholarships reserved for students seeking a music teaching degree. For example, the Branden Atherton Memorial Music Scholarship awards $8,800 to a music education major.

Learn more about additional scholarships and resources 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 music teaching degree.

 Learn more about our financial aid process at UWEC.

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Future teachers spent time immersed in the Twin Cities’ Somali community, helping the Blugolds better understand a diverse population.

Immersion program helps students become better teachers

A cornerstone of a Blugold education, immersion programs give students the chance to explore new places and cultures, creating memorable experiences that will impact their future career. For Abbey Monreal, participating in the “Embracing the Somali Experience in Midwestern Public School" Winterim immersion program gave her the opportunity to better understand Somali culture, traditions, languages and lifestyles.

While studying in the Twin Cities, Abbey volunteered in schools that serve Somali youth. The time spent there gave Abbey extra insight into working with children from all backgrounds, affirming the importance of being an inclusive and compassionate educator.

“Being in these classrooms reinforced how critical it is to design lesson plans that are adapted to the students’ culture, and to recognize that not all students’ experiences outside the classroom are the same,” she said.

Quick facts

Teaching - all music, choral emphasis program details
  • Program length: four years
  • Availability: campus
  • This major does not require a minor.
Student organizations
  • American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)
  • Collegiate National Association for Music Educators (CNAfME)
  • Fifth Element Acapella Group
  • Gospel Choir
  • Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (PMA)
  • Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI)

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

Teaching - all music, choral emphasis bachelor’s degree program highlights

Experiential and collaborative learning. Our music education degree will provide you with high-impact learning opportunities so you feel prepared to lead a classroom. Frequent guest artists will introduce you to new music and new ways of thinking. And a full semester of student teaching will further immerse you in the world of public school.

Outstanding faculty. At UW-Eau Claire, our talented faculty make it a priority to create an impactful learning environment where students come first. Our professors have a multitude of experience onstage, offstage and within their communities. Here you are not just a number — you will get to work closely with faculty, learn best practices and create meaningful, lasting connections.

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. We are 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 many UWEC classes, rehearsals and performances. 

Resume-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 passionate students. Many student organizations lead to volunteer opportunities, competitions and shows. 

150+

performances a year

20+

ensembles offered

What jobs can you get with a teaching - all music, choral emphasis degree from UWEC?

Music education majors leave UW-Eau Claire prepared to inspire students and cultivate future talent. Graduates earn the certification required to teach music in the State of Wisconsin to a variety of ages in public schools, including pre-kindergarten through grade 12.

Where are teaching - all music, choral emphasis alumni now?

Teaching - all music, choral emphasis careers

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.

Johnathan Turba  |  Music Education
Rachel Balistrieri

Award-worthy student leadership opportunities

The music department’s stellar reputation is what led Rachel Balistrieri to UW-Eau Claire. Here, she found countless student leadership opportunities, from helping run the student-led “Cabaret” production to conducting one of the University’s choral ensembles. A chance to gain even more professional experience came when one of Rachel’s professors encouraged her to participate in the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association's student conducting competition.

At the event, Rachel was given the chance to conduct and run a rehearsal with a high school choir, where judges scored her on her ability to articulate artistic ideas, work efficiently and make great music. Rachel impressed the judges…so much so she took home first place! It’s opportunities like these that help set apart UWEC students and prepare them well for their future.

“The environment within the music education program is incredibly positive,” she said. “I consistently feel challenged and encouraged to be the best educator I can be. It is really encouraging to see how many wonderful and supportive people there are in the field of music education.”

Teaching - all music, choral emphasis bachelor’s degree program curriculum

UW-Eau Claire sets you up for success through interactive learning and professional experience, including a semester of student teaching. Courses explore a variety of topics, including theory, history, literature, applied voice, conducting, pedagogy, recital, ensembles and music methods.

Classes for teaching - all music, choral emphasis majors may include:

Learn more about the comprehensive choral and general music teaching major in the UWEC course catalog.

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