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Application and Admission: Music Education

The number of students admitted to the music education program is contingent upon available space; enrollment limits may be necessary to ensure students have reasonable and timely access to required School of Music courses.

To be considered for admission into the teacher certification program, students must have

  1. Earned at least 54 total transferable college-level credits
  2. Earned a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75
  3. Earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 across all Music and Music Perf department courses
  4. Earned a minimum 2.5 GPA in the two-year core sequence of music theory and music history courses (121/171, 122/172, 221/271, 211, 212).

During the second year in the core music curriculum each student must sign up for an audition/interview with the music education faculty. The audition includes, but is not limited to, performance, sight-singing, and keyboard harmonization components.

Students who successfully pass the audition/interview process must then:

  • Print, complete, and submit the following forms to Education Academic Services, Room 139 Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall:
  • Submit transcripts from all other colleges or universities attended. Applications cannot be processed unless a complete academic record is presented for consideration.
  • File a major declaration form with the School of Music. Consult with the Music Education advisor regarding this process.
  • Take and submit passing Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST)/Praxis I scores to Education Academic Services. The PPST/Praxis I is a basic skills test offered by Educational Testing Service (ETS) and required for admission to all state teacher preparation programs by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Designed to measure reading, writing, and mathematics skills, the PPST is available in two formats, paper-based and computer-based. A fee is required of the student. State minimum scores for the PPST/Praxis I are Reading, 175; Mathematics, 173; and Writing, 174. Find important registration information at the ETS website. Important note: The UW–Madison School of Educationís institutional recipient code is 1846; use of another code will prevent Education Academic Services from receiving scores.

Each student accepted into the music education certification program will enroll jointly with the School of Music (College of Letters and Science) and the School of Education. Consultation with the music advisor at the outset of these programs and each semester thereafter is strongly recommended.

Criminal Background Investigation and Disclosure Statement

Criminal background checks will be required of all admitted students. Applicants will also be asked to complete a disclosure statement. More detailed information is available here.