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What will I learn?

The Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and is a vital unit within the School of Arts and Communication in the College of Liberal Studies. The department offers a balanced program of academic offerings including music theory, composition, technology, history, and appreciation courses; a wide variety of performance opportunities; and individual applied instruction, all administered by dedicated expert faculty.

Core requirements (24 credits)

MUS 205 World Music

MUS 264 History of Western Music I

MUS 266 Theory of Music I

MUS 268 Aural Skills I

MUS 364 History of Western Music II

MUS 365 History of Western Music III

MUS 366 Theory of Music II

MUS 367 Theory of Music III

MUS 368 Aural Skills II

MUS 369 Aural Skills III

Piano pedagogy emphasis (12 credits)

MUS 480 Independent Study of Music

MUS 351 Piano Pedagogy I

MUS 352 Piano Pedagogy II: Instructional Strategies

Occupational Outlook

While many UWL music majors are preparing for teaching in the public schools, many others have music-related professional goals in mind. Recent placement experience of music majors indicates a continued demand for instrumental, choral, and general music teachers. The most important consideration in job placement is a willingness to move and not be limited to a single geographical area.

Music majors who are not interested in teaching may prepare for professional performance, private teaching, or for graduate studies in music. Such graduate studies might lead to preparation for college teaching in a specific area such as music theory, music history, composition, music education, and applied music. Many college positions require a master’s degree; an increasing number also require a doctoral degree. Opportunities in classical performance are limited without further study beyond the bachelor’s degree.


• Band Director • Choral Music Director • Orchestra Director • Church Music Director • Composer • Elementary Music Teacher • Freelance Musician • High School Music Teacher • Instrument Repair Specialist • Independent Studio Teacher • Music Copyist/Editor • Music Business Entrepreneur • Music Director • Music Store Manager • Piano Teacher • Professional Musician • Professional Accompanist • Professor

Career Opportunities

ENTRY LEVEL • Music Teacher— elementary, middle, and high school (with teacher certification) • Band and/or Orchestra Director • Vocal and/or Choral Director • Performer • Instrumentalist • Instrument Teacher/Specialist - Music Stores • Private/Studio Instructor • Music Entrepreneur


• Graduate study in performance, music history, music theory, music education, and conducting • Special music schools • Business or theological schools • Music Therapy • Instrument Repair

Which department am I in?

College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CASSH)

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 120 semester credits)

Tuition fees
US$18,130.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected July 2022

Start date

Expected February, September 2022


College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CASSH)

1725 State Street,



54601, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicant must have completion of secondary and post-secondary institutions attended.

For international students

Applicant must have completion of secondary or post-secondary from institution.

English Language Proficiency

Applicant must have TOEFL score of 73 with IELTS score of 6.0 and PTE score of 54. In addition completion of ELS level 112 and completion of WESLI level 700 is required.

Priority application deadlines are 15 December for the January/Spring semester and 15 July for the September/Fall semester.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Wisconsin La Crosse

Experience innovative academics along Wisconsin’s beautiful west coast and see why UWL is so highly ranked.

  • Located in the beautiful La Crosse region
  • 9th nationwide for providing value to international students
  • 96% job placement rate 2 years after graduation
  • More than 200 student clubs and societies