Career and Leadership Development


This major prepares you for a career in music as a teacher, a performer or for a variety of related fields in the music industry. You might also elect graduate study in the areas of performance, theory, music education and musicology. The music education major focuses on skills needed in today?s schools and emphasizes the music educator?s role in the broader aspects of the educational process. A music minor is also offered.

Emphases within the major:

Music (BA)
Music Education Instrumental (BM)
Music Education Choral (BM)
Music Education General (BM)
Music Performance (BM)
Music History/Theory (BM)

Major skills acquired:

Students entering any of the emphases within MUSIC are required to audition prior to admittance. These students come to the music major with experience during their high school years in ensembles and applied study. Many also enter the program with previous study in music theory. These areas will continue to be developed and expanded upon by the college curriculum:
Ensemble Participation and Performance
Knowledge of Music Form and Arranging
Knowledge of Music History and Literature
Knowledge of Music Theory and Aural Skills
Musical Analysis
Performance skills in Primary Area (piano, vocal or instrumental)
Some programs will also include study in the following:
Literature of a given performance area
Pedagogy of a given performance area
Teaching Methods for Music Education

Related occupations:

The following list of related occupations is an open list of ideas to expand your career research.

Music (BA) is designed for those students who wish to have a very flexible program. It includes a required minor in another area of study. The minor may come from a completely different discipline or may be in a related area, such as Arts Management. Students completing this emphasis often enter fields such as music business (including retail sales), arts management, instrumental design, music publishing, producing and marketing of music software, and private studio music teaching.

Music Educational Instrumental (BM) is designed for those who seek a teaching license for elementary, middle school and high school band or orchestra.

Music Education Choral (BM) is designed for those who seek a teaching license for middle and high school choral music.

Music Education General (BM) is designed for those who seek a teaching license to work with elementary or middle school students in a classroom setting, or high school students in non-ensemble settings (Music Appreciation, Music Technology, Music Theory).

Music Performance (BM) is designed for those students preparing for a career in performance, private teaching, or graduate study in music performance.

Music History/Theory (BM) is designed for those who are preparing to enter graduate school in music history, music theory, or composition.

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Representative employers that have hired our students:

Angel House of Music - Cincinnati, OH
Argyle Schools - Argyle, WI
Barneveld School District - Barneveld, WI
Brookwood School District - Glenwood, IL
Delavan/Darien Public Schools & Christian School - Delavan, WI
Eastern Mediterranean University - Turkish Republic of North Cyprus
Elkhorn School District - Elkhorn, WI
Faith Christian School - Williams Bay, WI
Fontana Elementary School - Fontana, WI
Franklin Public Schools - Franklin, WI
Freeport Schools - Freeport, IL
Hal Leonard Music Corporation - Milwaukee, WI
St. Matthias Catholic School - Milwaukee, WI
St. Paul Schools - St.Paul, MN
Hartford School District - Hartford, WI
Janesville Public Schools - Janesville, WI
Kenosha Unified Schools - Kenosha, WI
Kettle Moraine Schools - Wales, WI
Lake County Conservatory - Oconomowoc, WI
Lawrence University - Appleton, WI
Madison Public Schools - Madison, WI
Manitowoc Public Schools - Manitowoc,WI
Menasha Schools - Menasha, WI
Milwaukee Public Schools - Milwaukee, WI
Newman Catholic School - Wausau, WI
Oregon Middle School - Oregon, WI
Pine City Schools - Pine City, WI
Tomahawk Schools - Tomahawk, WI
Walt Disney World - Orlando, WI
White House of Music - Waukesha, WI
Wisconsin School Music Association - Waunakee, WI

Graduate schools attended by our students:

Boston University - Boston, MA
Eastman School of Music - Rochester, NY
Florida State University - Tallahassee, FL
Georgia State University - Atlanta, GA
Indiana University - Bloomington, IN
University of Colorado - Boulder, CO
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign, IL
University of Iowa - Iowa City, IA
University of North Texas - Dallas, TX
University of Wisconsin - Madison
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

For further information outside Career & Leadership Development:

UW-Whitewater Music Department
Departmental Office, Center of the Arts, Room 2038
Phone: 262-472-1310

American Federation of Musicians
1500 Broadway
New York, NY 10036

Music Educators National Conference
The National Association for Music Education

Music Teachers National Association

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction