College of Arts and Communication


Bachelor’s Degree Programs

Music has always been a part of your life, always defined who you are. If you’re inspired to turn that passion into a career you love, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is the right place for you to prepare for a future of performance, composing, teaching or succeeding in another music-related role.

Along with Music degree programs in education, performance and theory and composition — and seven concentration areas — we offer a welcoming environment filled with plenty of opportunities to sharpen your musical skills and share your talents.

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Why study Music at UW-Whitewater?

We stand out among other Music degree programs in Wisconsin because we’re just the right size for big-school opportunities (like internationally respected ensembles and faculty-artists) and small-school perks (like a close-knit music department where everyone is heard loud and clear.)  

Our graduates say time and again the strong relationships with our faculty and countless opportunities for involvement helped them launch successful careers in music.

What our Music students do

Perform in 27 ensembles Perform in 25 ensembles
Mentor young musicians Mentor young musicians
Participate in music research Participate in music research
Enjoy 60+ musical events per semester Enjoy 60+ musical events per semester

Ensembles and performance opportunities

As a student musician at UW-Whitewater, you’ll contribute your talents to one (or more) of our 25 ensembles. Work with amazing conductors, perfect your skills, earn college credit, and entertain crowds on campus and beyond — including international trips. All musical groups are open to all UW-Whitewater students, regardless of major!

Symphonic Wind Ensemble*
Warhawk Marching Band
University/Community Band

Symphony Orchestra*
Chamber Orchestra*

Jazz Ensemble I*
Jazz Ensemble II*
Jazz Combos*

Chamber Singers*
Concert Choir
Harmonia (sopranos and altos)
Hawk Kor (tenors and basses)
Vocal Jazz Ensemble*

Brass Choir
Cello Ensemble
Chancellor's Quartet*
Clarinet Ensemble
Flute Choir
Improvisors Orchestra
Percussion Ensemble
Saxophone Quartets and Ensemble
Sonict New Music Ensemble
Trombone Choir
Trumpet Ensemble

Opera Workshop*
Operas and Musicals

*requires audition

Frequently Asked Questions

UW-Whitewater offers music degree programs in education, performance and theory and composition.

Student productions: Musicals and operas

Play in the pit. Take a lead role. Paint the set. Open to all majors, our musicals and operas are a fantastic way to collaborate with your peers from all over campus while gaining real-world production experience.

Hands-on learning experiences

By nature, a major in Music means plenty of hands-on experience. But at UW-Whitewater, that goes beyond practicing and performing.

Research Projects: Dive deep into a topic that interests you and present your findings at UW-Whitewater’s Undergraduate Research Day and at the National Council on Undergraduate Research conference.

Music Days: Gather with local musicians of all ages for an instrument-specific master class with a guest artist.

Music Camp: Teach and inspire the next generation of music majors at one of our nine summer music camps.

Music major and Richard G. Gaarder Award Winner, Ryan Schultz sits in the oboe section in the UW-Whitewater Music Department.

What our grads say

“The kids who struggle — I want to help them the most. Lesson after lesson, you’ll finally say something that turns on the lightbulb for them. That emotion you feel as a teacher when you see your previously struggling student succeed is indescribable.”

— Ryan Schultz, Future teacher, music major and 2019 Richard G. Gaarder Award Winner

What our graduates do

Teach music in K-12 or at the college level Teach music in K-12 or at the college level
Study in respected graduate degree programs Study in respected graduate degree programs
Tour with ensembles Tour with ensembles
Work in music publishing, retailing and tech Work in music publishing, retailing and tech

Jobs for Music majors: Career success

Warhawk-grown musicians, composers and teachers take their music careers to classrooms, auditoriums, and studios throughout Wisconsin and around the country.

  • School band, orchestra and choir
  • General music teacher
  • Music professor
  • Professional composer/arranger
  • Music minister
  • Education sales representative for national music retailer
  • Voice-over talent
  • Private music teacher
  • Music promoter/manager
  • Professional orchestral musician
  • Instrument repair manager
  • Vice president at SESAC, a performing rights organization

Second act: Grad school success

After earning their Bachelor of Music degree at UW-Whitewater, many of our graduates pursue advanced study at schools such as:

  • Arizona State University
  • Bowling Green State University
  • Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University
  • Conservatoire Regional de Boulogne-Billancourt (Paris, France)
  • Indiana University
  • Louisiana State University
  • New England Conservatory
  • New York University
  • Texas Tech University
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • University of Massachusetts
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Texas
  • University of Western Ontario
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison

Our learning spaces and performing arts venues

The Greenhill Center of the Arts is our home. A gathering place for Music majors, it’s always abuzz with students learning, rehearsing, practicing, and creating. In addition to teaching studios and multimedia classrooms, the Greenhill Center is home to:

Light Recital Hall: An intimate atmosphere with excellent acoustics, this 350-seat is a perfect home for student recitals and choir concerts.

Barnett Theatre: With a fully trapped stage — including an orchestra pit and fly system — this 386-seat theater hosts five major productions a year.

Young Auditorium: This 1,300-seat venue holds dozens of national and university events each year, from concerts and comedy to theater and dance. ( See season line-up)

Our Music faculty

Teachers. Performers. Composers. Scholars. Mentors. You won’t find teaching assistants here: Unlike other state schools, 100% of our music courses are taught by faculty members.

Our low student-teacher ratio means it’s almost impossible not to form strong relationships at UW-Whitewater: Regardless of your major, career interests or primary instrument, you’ll to get to know — and learn from — Music faculty and staff members from across the department.

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How to apply for our Music programs:

Apply now   Major Audition Application   Minor Audition Application   Teacher Recommendation

Music major applications
1. Apply to UW-Whitewater for admission to the university.
2. Apply to the Music Department for audition and acceptance as a Music major.
3. Ask a private instructor or high school director to submit a teacher recommendation form.
4. Audition.

Music minor applications
1. Apply to UW-Whitewater for admission to the university.
2. Apply to the Music Department for audition and acceptance as a Music minor.
3. Ask a private instructor or high school director to submit a teacher recommendation form.


Your audition lets us get to know you and helps determine music scholarship eligibility. Note: To be considered for a scholarship in the 25/26 academic year, you must audition on or before March 7, 2025. How to Prepare for Your Audition [PDF]

Upcoming audition dates:

  • Friday, Feb. 7, 2025
  • Saturday, Feb. 22, 2025
  • Friday, March 7, 2025*
  • Friday, April 25, 2025

* To be considered for a scholarship you must audition before or on March 7, 2025.


Special Events

Music Major for a Day
Monday, October 14, 2024
Experience a day in the life of a music major. Attend college courses, meet and participate in ensemble rehearsals with current students and enjoy master classes with our music faculty.
Tentative Schedule of the Day [PDF]

Performance Workshop
Friday, Nov. 8, 2024
Build confidence and prepare for auditions and music festivals with the guidance of our experienced music faculty.


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