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Explore the music bachelor's degree program at UW-Eau Claire

Turn your passion for music into a rewarding career with a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

As one of the largest music majors in the UW System, our renowned program offers countless opportunities for learning and professional growth. Participate in the nation’s largest Division III marching band, join over 20 nationally-recognized ensembles or help orchestrate the largest student-run jazz festival in the nation. More than 150 annual concerts and events give you opportunities to perform, experience new things, expand your network and build your resume.

At UW-Eau Claire, you are not just a number. Highly trained, student-focused faculty will help you to develop your musical skills and find your niche. Small class sizes allow for meaningful relationships and a more personalized education. Gain a deeper understanding of the history and evolution of music through unique projects and assignments. Opportunities to study abroad or participate in student-faculty research equip you with new tools and sought-after skills. 

No matter your path, your well-rounded and first-rate education will provide excellent preparation for graduate studies or your future career.

Discover the power of music at Eau Claire

From the professors who teach you to the students who work alongside you, a love for music is not hard to find when you’re at UWEC. And that love isn't just isolated to our campus. In fact, Eau Claire is nationally recognized for its abundance of music festivals, events and venues. 

“The entire town is being driven by the arts and we are thoroughly integrated into the community," jazz studies director Dr. Robert Baca said. "Community members are here all the time teaching us what's happening in the community and we're out there helping them as well.”

See what opportunities await you here in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. 

Music degree scholarships

UW-Eau Claire's music and theatre arts department is rich with scholarship opportunities. There are currently more than 60 scholarships available to music majors, some offering awards of $10,000 — or even full tuition. 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 degree.

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

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UWEC music major drumming her way to success

Following the beat of your own drum can take you many places. For Camila Pereyra, it took her from Argentina all the way to Wisconsin. Recognized for her potential, Camila was offered a scholarship to study music at UW-Eau Claire — an opportunity that has certainly paid off.

From participating in the jazz ensemble to winning two prestigious DownBeat awards, and receiving a full-ride scholarship to graduate school, Camila is on the road to success — proving just how far talent, faculty support and determination can take you. 

“Blugolds are family, and that’s especially true in the music department,” she said. 

Quick facts

Music program details
  • Program length: four years
  • Offered: in person
  • Campus: Eau Claire
  • This major requires a minor or certificate.
  • This program is also available as a minor.
Student organizations
  • Blugold Ringers
  • Clarinet Studio Organization
  • Eau Claire Jazz
  • Fifth Element
  • Gospel Choir
  • 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 bachelor’s degree program highlights

A city that embraces music. The local community supports UWEC music students and invites them to become a part of the rich and vibrant music scene of Eau Claire. Here, you'll discover the Eau Claire Jazz Festival, the largest student-run festival in the nation, and Eaux Claires Festival, the brainchild festival of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. 

Leadership experience. At UW-Eau Claire, you will have opportunities to take on leadership roles in a number of productions, like the long-running and student-directed "Cabaret." Whether it’s in the classroom, on stage, or on the football field with the Blugold Marching Band, the chance to explore music and all it has to offer is within your reach.

One-of-a-kind spaces. UWEC is home to four performance venues, six music classrooms, 36 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 hosts many UWEC classes, rehearsals and performances.

Student-focused faculty and collaborative learning. UW-Eau Claire's outstanding faculty create a supportive and collaborative learning environment where you are the top priority. Here, you'll receive one-on-one attention and the chance to foster relationships with talented musicians that will continue long after graduation.  

Skill-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 students. Many student organizations lead to volunteer opportunities, competitions and performances.

150+

performances a year

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music, dance and theatre student orgs

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

UW-Eau Claire's music majors are experiencing success all over the world. Graduates go on to work for music schools, perform with renowned orchestras or start their own businesses. Having an extensive, well-rounded liberal education provides you with the flexibility to pick your own career path.

Where are music alumni now?

Music careers

Making dreams a reality

David Billingsley had his choice of universities, coast to coast. He dreamed of opening a music and arts school that would be filled with students of all backgrounds. When it came time to decide which college he’d attend, he knew UW-Eau Claire would give him the best chance of making his dream come true. 

“I chose UW-Eau Claire because of the notoriety of the music program and what they are able to do for kids. The faculty know me, my interests and my dreams," he said. "They have been helping me every step of the way.”

David is now the executive director of Billingsley School of Music and Art, and his relationships with professors in the music department have continued to be an asset. Faculty members regularly visit his school for concerts and lessons, proving the support you receive at UWEC never ends.

Music bachelor’s degree program curriculum

Being a part of UW-Eau Claire’s first-rate music program will give you the experience — and confidence — needed to tackle your future endeavors. A required minor or certificate in another area of study allows you to explore other passions and opens doors to even more career paths. 

Classes for music majors may include:

Learn more about the music major in the UWEC course catalog.

Learn more about the music minor in the UWEC course catalog.

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