Explore the music degree program at UW-Eau Claire

Do you have a strong passion for music? Join the music program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and earn a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree in music - liberal arts. Our music - liberal arts program provides a supportive community and pushes you to pursue your dreams. Our student-focused faculty will empower you with the guidance, tools and experiences you need to feel prepared after graduation.

UW-Eau Claire's music - liberal arts degree provides a strong, broad-based major complemented by a minor (or second major) in another area of study. The music - liberal arts degree will provide a wide range of career options in music, music-related fields, and multidisciplinary careers. UW-Eau Claire also provides excellent preparation for graduate study in music research and the humanities.

UWEC music major is drumming her way to success

UW-Eau Claire aspires to provide a transformative learning experience that will push students to think outside the box and set them up for a successful career. Camila Pereyra, a music major who plays the drums in the jazz ensemble, is a perfect example of that. Camila grew up in Argentina and started playing the drums when she was 14. She was presented an opportunity to come play in the United States and from there she was offered a scholarship to study music at UW-Eau Claire. 

Not only is Camila the only female in UW-Eau Claire's Jazz ensemble, but she has also won two prestigious DownBeat awards and has been offered a full-ride scholarship to Indiana after she graduates from UW-Eau Claire. UW-Eau Claire is proud to empower students with the guidance and tools they need to reach their full potential in academics and life. Camila has embraced the supportive community that UW-Eau Claire provides. “Blugolds are family, and that’s especially true in the music department,” Cami says. “Anywhere I go and meet alumni, I know I have support. I’ve gotten to know a lot of Eau Claire grads, and I play some with them. They’re amazing and always looking out for me."

Music 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 thousands of dollars in scholarships for students seeking a music degree from UW-Eau Claire.

Music scholarships

At UW-Eau Claire, it is important for us to provide a student-focused and supportive community. The UW-Eau Claire Foundation has over 80 scholarships available to music majors that offer up to $10,000 or even a full-ride scholarship. We strive to create an inclusive environment that will empower you with the guidance and tools you need to have a successful academic career.

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 degree.

Learn more about the financial aid process at UW-Eau Claire.

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Quick Facts

Music - liberal arts program details
  • Program length: four years
  • Availability: campus
  • Music - Liberal Arts
Student organizations
  • American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)
  • American String Teachers Association (ASTA)
  • Audacious
  • Blugold Ringers
Student Organizations (continued)
  • Callisto
  • Clarinet Studio Organization
  • Collegiate National Association for Music Educators (CNAfME)
  • Eau Claire Jazz
  • Fifth Element
  • Gospel Choir
  • Impromptu
  • The Innocent Men
  • 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.

Music - liberal arts bachelor’s degree program highlights

UW-Eau Claire boasts the largest undergrad music program in the UW System, with 160+ concerts/events each year! We are home to the nation’s largest Division III marching band, the largest jazz festival in the nation, and nationally recognized ensembles, including three concert bands, six choirs, an opera program, two orchestras. At UW-Eau Claire, it is our top priority to help you feel prepared by providing real-life, high-impact learning opportunities.

Student-focused faculty and collaborative learning. UW-Eau Claire's outstanding faculty are proud to create a supportive and collaborative learning environment where students are the first priority. You will learn in small class settings and get a lot of individual attention from professors who inspire learning and truly want you to succeed. UW-Eau Claire provides transformative learning experiences that will provide you with exciting opportunities.

Experiential and empowering. At UW-Eau Claire, you will have opportunities to take on leadership roles in productions like the long-running Cabaret, which is student-directed. We also have the Blugold Marching Band and student organizations that are associated with professional organizations with a national affiliation. Each year the department presents over 160 concerts and recitals, including the popular Viennese Ball and Holiday Concert. It's through valuable experiences like these that will help you feel prepared for a successful music career after graduation.


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What jobs can you get with a music - liberal arts degree from UWEC?

You can do a lot with a music - liberal arts degree! Our music alumni go on to work for music schools, or start their own business! Having a music - liberal degree from UW-Eau Claire provides you with the flexibility to pick your own career path.

Where are music - liberal arts degree alumni now?

Music - liberal arts careers

The Music Department offers a unique setting where I get to work alongside faculty and students on a regular basis. From daily rehearsals, to weekly lessons, to 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 | Music Education, Bassoon

Music - liberal arts bachelor’s degree program curriculum

At UW-Eau Claire, we strive to provide an experiential and transformative education that will provide you with the tools you need to succeed after graduation. Our music - liberal arts degree provides many experiential learning opportunities that will help you feel prepared to pursue your dreams.

Graduation requirements for a music bachelor's degree

Liberal Education Core (36 credits)
Music Theory (16 credits)
Music History/Literature (12 credits)
Applied Instrument (8 credits)
Conducting (2 credits)
Ensembles (3 credits) 
Music Electives (5 credits)

View more in course catalog.

Top classes for music - liberal arts majors

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

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