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Bachelor of Music (B.M.): Music Performance University of Wisconsin - Madison



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Majors in this program have a primary interest in professional concertizing, studio teaching (private or in a college or university), or commercial music performance. Some students envision this program as preparing them for other professional goals, such as church music, conducting, graduate study in music, or a facet of the music business. The faculty has designed the curricula to include a large complement of liberal studies (40 credits) along with the course work in music (90 credits). These 40 L&S credits must include satisfaction of all university General Education Requirements including Communication Parts A and B, Quantitative Reasoning Parts A and B, Natural Science, Social Science, and Ethnic Studies.

The music degree programs are demanding and require care in taking courses in the proper sequence. Graduation could be delayed if a course is not taken in the appropriate semester. Students are strongly encouraged to see the music advisor each semester. Some general guidelines are:

  • Enroll in organizations (Band, Orchestra, Choir, or Accompanying) each semester, depending on the primary performance area.
  • Enroll for performance study in the major instrument or voice each semester, planning a recital in the senior year.
  • Enroll in secondary piano study the first year to begin working toward the specific requirement of the degree.
  • Enroll in theory and music history courses according to the schedule
  • Enroll in 5-6 credits of courses outside music in Letters & Science.

All music majors are accepted for performance study (private lessons) at the 200 level on the major instrument. Students take a performance jury during the second or third year before progressing to advanced-level (400) study. Specific programs may dictate the exact distribution of course work and course sequences. If all department GPA requirements have been met and if the faculty have approved the student's request for a B.M.: Performance major, students may formally declare the music major after completing the 200-level music theory and history courses and after passing to 400-level study in the major instrument.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop advanced levels of proficiency in solo, chamber and ensemble performance sufficient to enter music professions or graduate programs.
  • Understand, synthesize and apply foundational concepts of musical study in theory, history and pedagogy.
  • Demonstrate the ability to learn independently and to integrate knowledge across domains of research and applied studies.
  • Communicate verbally, in writing and through public performance, musical ideas and concepts.
  • Demonstrate ability to work collaboratively and professionally in multiple settings.

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Full Time (Minimum of 120 credit hours)

Tuition fees

$37,785.00 (27,69,618) per year


21 Jan, 02 Sep


College of Letters and Science

South Hall, 1055 Bascom Mall,

University of Wisconsin–Madison,



53706, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Applicant must have high school record should demonstrate both rigor and breadth in the types of course work you pursue. A competitive academic record should show some of the most challenging advanced-level work offered at or through your school in as many areas as possible, while maintaining a strong GPA. The following chart shows the number of years that most admitted students studied in each subject area; English 4 years, Math 4 years, Social Studies 3-4 years, Science 3-4 years, Single Foreign Language 3-4 years and Additional Academic/Fine Arts 2 years. Applicant must have ACT score of 30 and overall SAT score of 1395.

English Language Requirement

Applicant must have TOEFL score of 100 on internet based test, 603 on the paper-based test or IELTS score of 6.5

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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