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Explore the teaching - all music, instrumental emphasis bachelor's degree program at UW-Eau Claire

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. 

Megan Hutera

Making music and history

Megan Hutera is breaking barriers. In her short time at UWEC, she has already begun to hone her talent and build her resume. She’s also making history. Megan is the first female brass player in the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps' 80+ year history.

“Being a possible mentor and inspiration for another individual is a humbling thought,” Megan said, adding that being a role model for other female musicians was especially rewarding. “I have learned invaluable skills about being able to promote myself, connect with other people and become a better individual all around. I would not have the mindset I do without being a part of the Blugold community.”

Incredible opportunities like this give Megan extra insight and knowledge as she moves forward with her goal of working in music education. With unique experiences and a high-achieving mentality, this Blugold will undoubtedly make a positive impact on her future students.

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

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.


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The best of both worlds

Pursuing music education at UW-Eau Claire doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your personal musical growth in order to focus on teaching. Here, you can learn — and excel — in both. Through a variety of ensembles, the chance to learn from guest composers and dozens of high-quality performance opportunities, you’ll discover what it takes to become a well-rounded musician — bringing a new level of skill, knowledge and confidence into your own classrooms.  

Hear from several future teachers on what they loved about UWEC and how they were able to use what they learned to become better teachers and musicians themselves.

Quick facts

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. 
Student organizations
  • 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)

Accreditation information

All music degrees from UW-Eau Claire have been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Licensure information

Completion of teacher preparation programs at UW-Eau Claire meets licensure requirements in Wisconsin. Our programs may not meet requirements in other states. It is very important that individuals seeking licensure in another state obtain the most recent certification/licensure information directly from the state in which they seek employment. Find contact information on each state licensure office here.

Licensure requirements can change at any time. UW-Eau Claire’s Teacher Education Program Office ensures that our programs meet the requirements for licensure in Wisconsin. If you seek licensure in another state, be aware that their requirements could change at any time.

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

  1. Obtaining a Wisconsin Teaching License PRIOR to applying for a teaching license in another state is usually helpful and strongly recommended.
  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. In some instances, additional stipulations might be added.
  3. Licensure grade levels vary from state to state. Students who are eligible for a specific grade range in Wisconsin may be licensed for a narrower grade range in another state. Each state determines grade ranges for licensing differently.
  4. State licensure requirements may change at any time. Licensure questions should be referred to the Teacher Education Program Office (

The requirements of this program meet licensure in the following states: Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Texas

The requirements of this program do not meet licensure in the following states: Not Applicable

It has not been determined whether the requirements of this program meet licensure in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming, District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

What can I do with a teaching - all music, instrumental emphasis degree from UWEC?

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?

Teaching - all music, instrumental emphasis careers

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.

Ben Mackie Teaching - All Music, Instrumental Emphasis
Music Education Majors at a Local Conference

Connections help Blugold teach during global pandemic

Cello player Rebecca Ernst was in her final weeks of student teaching when COVID-19 turned the world upside down. Fortunately, over the years, Rebecca had built a strong network of people to lean on as she quickly moved the music classes she was teaching to an online format. 

“I made these connections by going to conferences, engaging with my peers in class and working with cooperating teachers. Thanks to these connections, I had ideas that helped me understand how to make a music curriculum online.” 

Over the coming weeks, Rebecca found her network continuing to grow as educators worked together to discover new ways to meet the needs of their students.

“This wasn't taught in classes. There isn't literature on how to overcome this obstacle. So, music educators across the country shared ideas and turned to each other to identify solutions," Rebecca said. "The relationships I made through UW-Eau Claire are a gateway to a larger community of educators around the country.” 

Teaching - all music, instrumental 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 music, conducting, instrument techniques, recital and ensembles.

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

Your classes may cover topics like: 

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

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Department information

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Eau Claire, WI 54703
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