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.
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.
Music program details
- Program length: four years
- Availability: campus
- This major requires a minor.
- This program is also available as a minor.
- 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.
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.
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?
- Percussion instructor, Eau Claire Music School, Wisconsin
- Piano instructor, Maestro Makers, Wisconsin
- Administrative assistant, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Wisconsin
- Freelance musician and instructor, Wyoming
- Music instructor
- Music therapist
- Community arts worker
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 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:
- Music History and Society
- Analyzing Global Traditions in Music
- Symphony Band
- The Singing Statesmen
- Women's Concert Chorale
- Contemporary Music Ensemble
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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