Combine your love for music and teaching by earning a bachelor's degree in our newly developed teaching - all music, instrumental emphasis from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Our renowned music program is known for producing successful graduates. Through a rigorous curriculum and practical experience, you'll gain the skills, tools and certification necessary to teach music — both instrumental and choral — to grades PK-12. Here, endless ways to learn and grow are available to you. Discover best practices and new perspectives by participating in ensembles, conducting undergraduate research, performing internationally or studying abroad. Multiple guest artists throughout the year offer additional chances to learn, including special classes, masterclasses, and unique performances.
Our instrumental emphasis also provides specialized courses and learning opportunities for those specifically interested in teaching band and/or orchestra. 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.
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 a 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 music teaching degree.
Learn more about the financial aid process at UW-Eau Claire.
Teaching - all music, instrumental 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.
- American String Teachers Association (ASTA)
- Collegiate National Association for Music Educators (CNAfME)
- National Band Association Collegiate Chapter
- Clarinet Studio Organization
- Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (PMA)
- Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI)
All music degrees from UW-Eau Claire have been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
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:
- The licensure information assumes that a student has obtained a Wisconsin Teaching License PRIOR to applying for a teaching license in another state.
- "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.
- 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.
- Licensure questions should be referred to the Teacher Education Program Office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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
Experiential and collaborative learning. Our music education 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 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.
Music education 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 teaching - all music, instrumental emphasis 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
Teaching - all music, instrumental emphasis careers
- Elementary music teacher
- Music professor
- Private music instructor
- Freelance musician
- Band director
- Orchestra 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. 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 music, conducting, instrument techniques, recital and ensembles.
Classes for teaching - all music, instrumental emphasis majors may include:
- Music History and Society
- String Techniques
- Symphony Band
- Wind Ensemble
- Contemporary Music Ensemble
Learn more about the comprehensive instrumental and general music teaching major in the UWEC course catalog.
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