Combine your love for music and teaching by earning a bachelor's degree in instrumental and general music teaching from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Our renowned music program is known for producing successful graduates — 100% of them are employed or continuing their education. Through a rigorous curriculum and practical experience, you'll gain the skills, tools and certification necessary to teach band, orchestra and general music to grades K-12.
Discover best practices and new perspectives through performing ensembles, undergraduate research, study abroad and the National Student Exchange program. The opportunity to student teach in an actual classroom will further build your leadership skills and help you to discover your preferred teaching style.
As a UW-Eau Claire music major, you'll quickly find that you earn so much more than just a degree. You'll use your knowledge and passion of music to inspire the next generation of musicians.
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 an instrumental and general music teaching degree. For example, the Mary Bradley Grewe Memorial Instrumental Scholarship awards $1,000 to a student pursuing a career in music education.
We value giving you the funds you need in order to get the most out of your education. 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 instrumental and general music teaching degree.
Learn more about the financial aid process at UW-Eau Claire.
Instrumental and general music teaching program details
- Program length: four years
- Availability: campus
- This program is a comprehensive major and does not require a minor.
- American String Teachers Association (ASTA)
- Collegiate National Association for Music Educators (CNAfME)
- Eau Claire Jazz
- National Band Association Collegiate Chapter
- Clarinet Studio Organization
- 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.
Experiential and collaborative learning. Our instrumental and general music teaching degree will provide you with high-impact learning opportunities so you will 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 teaching world.
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, the Pablo Center at the Confluence. This state-of-the-art facility hosts our theatre department and 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.
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.
Instrumental and general music teaching majors leave UW-Eau Claire prepared to inspire young minds. 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 instrumental and music teaching degree alumni now?
- Music teacher, Eau Claire Area School District, Wisconsin
- Percussion instructor/arranger, Minnetonka Public Schools, Minnesota
- Music teacher, Blessed Savior Catholic School, Wisconsin
- Assistant corps director, River City Rhythm Drum & Bugle Corps, Minnesota
- Master of music - instrumental conducting, North Dakota State University Graduate School, North Dakota
- Music teacher and middle school band, Birnamwood Middle School, Wisconsin
Instrumental and general music teaching careers
- Elementary music teacher
- University professor
- Private music instructor
- Freelance musician
- Band director
Every faculty member I've had in the music department gave me something new to think about as soon as I thought I had learned everything I needed to. UWEC taught me that the journey to excellence never ends, and that the journey itself is far more valuable than the outcome.
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 music, conducting, instrument techniques, recital and ensembles.
Classes for instrumental and general music teaching majors might include:
- Music History and Society
- String Techniques
- Symphony Band
- Wind Ensemble
- Contemporary Music Ensemble
View more in the UWEC course catalog.
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