Explore the instrumental and general music teaching degree program at UW-Eau Claire

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.

UWEC music grad is the founder of non-profit Billingsley School of Music and Art

At UW-Eau Claire, we aspire to provide a compassionate environment with opportunities for every person to thrive. Our faculty have created a supportive community that puts students first. UW-Eau Claire alum, David Billingsley, had his choice of music programs when he prepared for college. Ultimately it was the music program's opportunities and faculty at UW-Eau Claire that helped him make his decision. "The faculty have helped me every step of the way, even after college. The reason why I chose UW-Eau Claire is that it's amazing here." Our goal is to create an inspiring environment that allows students to pursue their dreams. 

Billingsley had a dream to start a school of music and art that would provide inclusivity. Billingsley said, "I wanted to start this school because I wanted to see more representation." It is our top priority to create a supportive community that embraces diversity. We want students to pursue their passions and shape the world for the better and Billingsley sets a perfect example of that.

Instrumental and general music teaching degree scholarships and financial aid

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.

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Quick Facts

Instrumental and general music reaching program details
  • Program length: Four years
  • Availability: Campus
Student Organizations
  • 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.

Instrumental and general music teaching bachelor’s degree program highlights

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.


Ensembles offered


music majors accredited


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What jobs can you get with an instrumental and general music teaching degree from UWEC?

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?

Instrumental and general music teaching careers

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.

Collin Jeidy, bassoon, BME

Instrumental and general music teaching bachelor’s degree program curriculum

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

Applied Music
Theory Written and Theory Aural
Music History & Society
Analyzing Global Traditions in Music

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