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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 our newly developed 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 PK-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 perform internationally. Multiple guest artists throughout the year offer additional chances to learn, including special classes, masterclasses and unique performances.

Our choral emphasis also provides specialized courses and learning opportunities for those specifically interested in teaching choir. And the opportunity to assist teachers in their classrooms throughout your four years — as well as student teach for a full semester — will help you to build your leadership skills, identify your preferred teaching style and discover how to best meet the needs of your learners.

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.”

Why teaching - all music, choral emphasis at UW-Eau Claire?

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.

One-of-a-kind spaces. UWEC is home to multiple concert venues, six music classrooms, over 40 practice rooms (including chamber music practice rooms), percussion rooms, a reed room, organ practice rooms, harpsichord 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 is home to 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. 

A city that embraces music. The Eau Claire community welcomes UW-Eau Claire music students and invites them to become a part of the rich and vibrant music scene of Eau Claire. Here, you’ll have access to countless productions and on-stage experiences made possible thanks to our partnership with the Pablo Center. Discover the Eau Claire Jazz Festival — the largest student-run festival in the nation — and the Viennese Ball, where music students like you provide the soundtrack to a night of Austrian specialties and Viennese waltzes.

Connection to local employers. To help you explore career opportunities and make valuable connections, we host an annual Education Job Fair, an on-campus career fair specific for those looking to enter the field of education. This event is an excellent opportunity to make connections and submit your resume for current and future job openings.

Expert, caring faculty. Our student-focused faculty make it their top priority to keep you motivated, engaged and inspired, so you continue to grow. Work alongside music education professors on a summer-research project developing curriculum or travel with them to Arizona over spring break to learn about a new school system.

150+

performances a year

20+

ensembles offered

400+

choral ensemble members

Torch Sisters perfomance at Pablo Center

A collaborative, interdisciplinary experience

One of the best parts about pursuing a degree in music at UWEC is the chance to work with students and faculty from other departments. Take it from Abbey Monreal, a choral music education major who recently acquired invaluable experience composing her own music. 

Like many UWEC students, Abbey recently participated in a student-faculty summer research project, which allows students to study an area of music that inspires them. Alongside Dr. Hsu, her composition teacher, Abbey explored modern techniques for small and large vocal ensembles, while also writing music for a guest artist performance by The Torch Sisters, a local collective group of female movement artists. It was an interdisciplinary project that gave Abbey incredible insights and speaks well to the depth of experiences you'll have here at UWEC. 

“The best part of composing is always working with live musicians,” Abbey said. “Having my pieces performed and receiving feedback is such an awesome experience that I always value so much. I learn so much every time I compose, especially when I write for instruments that I don’t play.”  

Quick facts

Teaching - all music, choral emphasis program details
  • Program length: four years
  • Offered: in person
  • Campus: Eau Claire
  • This major does not require a minor.
  • Students majoring in this program will earn a Bachelor of Music Education (BMEd) degree. 
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.

Licensure information

The United States Department of Education requires institutions to disclose information for programs leading to professional certification or licensure about whether each program meets state educational requirements for initial licensure or certification. Please note:

  1. The licensure information assumes that a student has obtained a Wisconsin Teaching License PRIOR to applying for a teaching license in another state.
  2. "Meets requirements" means that a student is eligible for a license with stipulations, typically for 1-3 years, in that state. The stipulations are likely to be specific testing requirements and/or competency through a course or examination of the history, culture and/or constitution of the specific state. In some instances, additional stipulations might be added.
  3. State licensure requirements may change at any time. While the listing will be updated annually, a student must be aware that any particular state could move from Does Not Meet to Meets to Undetermined and back again over the course of a degree program.
  4. Licensure questions should be referred to the Teacher Education Program Office (tep@uwec.edu).

The requirements of this program meet licensure in the following states: Wisconsin, Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Wyoming, District of Columbia

The requirements of this program do not meet licensure in the following states: Delaware, New Jersey, New York

It has not been determined whether the requirements of this program meet licensure in the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

What can I do 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 Teaching - Music, Choral
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 that 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. Throughout all four years in the program, you will have multiple opportunities to work with elementary music teachers as well as middle and high school conductors. You'll also spend a semester student teaching.

Courses within the major explore a variety of topics, including theory, history, literature, applied voice, conducting, pedagogy, recital, ensembles and music methods.

What classes do teaching - all music, choral emphasis majors take?

Your classes may cover topics like: 

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

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Eau Claire, WI 54703
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