Undergraduate Bulletin


Faculty: Janet Barrett, Kirby Bock, Jack Cassingham, Roger Coppenbarger, Robin Fellows, George Ferencz, Frank Hanson, Glenn Hayes, Jo Ann Hobbs, Linda Hurstad, Howard Inglefield, Harry Johansen, Sam McClure, Carlene McMonagle, Joyce Ryan, John Tuinstra, Dennis Wadsworth, John Webb, Stephen Wiest, and Lowell Youngs (Chairperson).

Through its Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts degree programs the Music Department offers its majors high-quality instruction and performance opportunities to prepare them for careers and/or advanced study in such areas as public school music teaching, performance, music theory or musicology, and studio teaching, as well as for the wide range of opportunities that exist in the music field. By completing a Minor in Music, students can gain not only personal satisfaction but knowledge and experience that can be of value as they pursue a chosen career.

The Music Department sponsors a wide variety of performing opportunities that are open to all university students. Vocal groups include Concert Choir, University Chorus, Women's Chorale, Jazz/Show Choir, and Opera Workshop. Instrumental groups include Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Concert Band, Marching Band, Jazz Ensembles, Brass Choir, and Flute Choir. All provide a rich and varied musical experience and the opportunity to meet and perform with talented musicians from the campus and the community.

If you are interested in majoring in music, write the department chairperson for entrance requirements and audition dates.

The UW-Whitewater Music Department is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music.


Entrance Requirements

Students wishing to be accepted officially as majors in the Music Department must demonstrate by audition an acceptable level of performance in their primary performing area. This should be done prior to the initial registration, if possible. If not, the initial registration as a music major will be considered conditional pending the successful presentation of the entrance audition. Incoming freshmen are also asked to take a short diagnostic test in music theory. Information regarding audition requirements is available from the Music Department Office.


Students who exhibit an unusually strong background in theory and music literature may, through examination, be exempted from introductory courses in those areas. Waiver of requirements through such means, however, does not reduce the total credits required for graduation, nor, except in unusual circumstances, the required credits in the music major.

Recital Requirements

All Bachelor of Music majors are required to appear on a minimum number of student recitals. Students seeking the Bachelor of Music degree must present a Senior Recital in their Primary Performance Area.

Convocation Attendance

Attendance at the weekly convocations and seminars of the Music Department is required of all music majors. Music minors are strongly urged to attend as well. These convocations provide opportunities for students to perform in and to listen to student recitals.

All music majors and minors are required to attend a minimum number of other recitals and concerts each semester. Students are informed early in each semester about specific requirements for that semester. The required number of semesters is the same as the number of semesters of required primary applied music study in the various music major and minor programs.

Terminology and Policies Concerning Applied Music Study

The term Primary Performing Area refers to the student's main performing medium--the one in which he/she must pass an entrance audition in order to be accepted as a music major, will receive instruction, and will be expected to maintain satisfactory progress over the course of study. For private study in the Primary Performing Area the Level series of courses (150-160, 150-260, 150-360, and 150-460, for example, in the case of instrumental instruction) will be exclusively used.

Ordinarily a music major will have only one Primary Performing Area, and will not change that area during the course of study. Such a change is strongly discouraged after the first year of study and, in any event, must have the consent of a committee consisting of (a) the two private instructors (b) the appropriate coordinator(s) in applied music study, and (c) the department chairperson.

In the event that a student is permitted to have two Primary Performing Areas, all entrance, study and performance requirements for both must be met.

All other applied music study, whether class or private, required or elective, will be referred to as Secondary Study. In the case of private instruction, the course numbers 150-126, 150-127, 150-128, and 150-129 will be used to cover such study.

For all private applied music instruction, one-half hour of private instruction per week will be taken for a single credit of study, with a maximum of one hour of instruction for two or more credits. Five hours of individual practice per week are required for each credit taken. All private applied students will perform an end-of-semester jury examination. The final grade in private applied instruction is determined by the formula: 1/4 jury grade and 3/4 instructor's grade. When the instructor's grade is "F" the final grade is "F".

Writing Proficiency Requirement

The faculty of the Music Department has approved Music History 150-246 as the course in which all music majors will satisfy this University requirement. A research paper written in conjunction with the course must be submitted to the department Writing Committee. Students whose papers are not approved by the Committee will be given an opportunity to submit a revised version by an established deadline. Students who fail to submit an acceptable paper by this deadline must take English 680-370 to fulfill the graduation requirements.

Further Requirements

The Music Department Student Handbook contains more detailed instructions and policies pertinent to the study of music and the fulfillment of requirements for music degree programs. All music majors should familiarize themselves with the contents of this handbook.
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