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 music education program will provide you with the correct tools and certification that you need to teach grades K-12.
At UW-Eau Claire, you will gain a transformative learning experience that will push you to step outside your comfort zone and maximize your potential. Our bachelor's of music education program will empower you with the skills you need to inspire and lead a successful classroom. You will get opportunities to apply your knowledge 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 an instrumental and general music teaching degree from UW-Eau Claire.
Music - instrumental 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 Mary Bradley Grewe Memorial Instrumental Scholarship. This scholarship rewards $1,000 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.
Instrumental and general music reaching 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)
Accreditation information: All music degrees from UW-Eau Claire have been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
Outstanding faculty who will inspire you to pursue your passions. At UW-Eau Claire, our talented faculty put students first to create an impactful learning experience. It is our top priority to create an environment where students feel comfortable and motivated to do their best. Chris Gleason, a '97 music education graduate, recently was named 2017's National Teacher of the Year. UW-Eau Claire helped him turn his passion into a reality. Chris says, "It was the care and attention the professors gave you. It was the family-like environment created within departments and on campus. It was the respect given to young people eager to pursue their dreams." At UW-Eau Claire, you are not just a number—you will get to work closely with faculty and create meaningful connections in a collaborative environment.
Experiential and collaborative learning environments. Our bachelor's of music education degree will provide you with the real-life, high-impact learning opportunities so you will feel prepared after graduation. You will learn a variety of skills through classes that cover: applied music, conducting, techniques, ensembles and more. As an instrumental and general music teaching major you will also have frequent exposure to public school settings and a full semester of student teaching.
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 instrumental and music teaching degree alumni now?
- Music Teacher, Eau Claire Area School District; Wisconsin
- Percussion Instructor/Arranger, Minnetonka Public Schools; Minnesota
- Assistant Corps Director, River City Rhythm Drum & Bugle Corps; Minnesota
- Master of Music - Instrumental Conducting, North Dakota State University Graduate School; North Dakota
Instrumental and general music teaching careers
- Music Teacher
- University Professor
- Private Music Instructor
- Freelance Musician
- Band Director
The UWEC Band department offers a unique setting where I get to work alongside faculty and students on a regular basis. From daily rehearsals, weekly lessons, student and faculty recitals, I’ve been surrounded by excellent musicians that have helped me grow both as a performer and a person.
As a music education student, you will receive frequent exposure to public school classroom settings through experiential and interactive learning. UW-Eau Claire's instrumental and general music teaching degree will help you feel prepared to lead a classroom by providing a full semester of student teaching. You will also get to work with our student-focused faculty and receive all the guidance and experiences you need to thrive as a music teacher.
Graduation requirements for an instrumental and general music teaching bachelor's degree
Liberal Education Core (36 credits)
Music Theory (16 credits)
Music History/Literature (12 credits)
Applied Instrument (15 credits)
Conducting (4 credits)
Techniques (5 credits)
Recital (1 credit)
Ensembles (24 credits)
Music Electives (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 - instrumental and general music teaching majors
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