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Music Education

Advisor: Patti Atwood, 5560 Mosse Humanities Building, pmatwood@wisc.edu, 608-263-1918.

Music Education is a program offered jointly by the School of Music and the School of Education. The Bachelor of Music-Education degree is conferred by the College of Letters and Science; teacher certification is earned through the School of Education. 

Students wishing to prepare for a teaching career in music may complete a certification program in either (1) General and Instrumental (band/orchestra) Music at the Early Childhood through Adolescence level,  or (2) General and Vocal Music at the Early Childhood through Adolescence level.

Entering students must first audition and be accepted by the School of Music as music majors. Audition information can be found on the School of Music website. If a student's primary performance area does not align itself with the desired area of certification, one or more additional performance area(s) may be required. Prospective music education majors must audition for and be accepted into any of these additional performance area(s) at the music major level (200 level) of performance study prior to beginning the methods and practicum sequence. The School of Music cannot guarantee admission to additional performance areas, nor can it guarantee that appropriate substitute coursework will be available. The School of Music expects students admitted to its programs to complete all subsequent performance study at UW–Madison.

During the second year of core music coursework students apply to the professional part of the Music Education degree program. This application includes an audition/interview with the Music Education faculty. The audition to Music Education includes, but is not limited to, performance, sight-singing, and keyboard harmonization components.

Minimum admission eligibility GPA requirements are:

  • 2.5 in music theory and history courses 121/171, 122/172, 221/271, 211, 212
  • 3.0 in all music courses
  • 2.75 cumulative (all courses)

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.

Students who successfully pass the audition/interview process must then submit a teacher certification program application and a major declaration form with the School of Music. Applicants must also submit scores from the ACT, SAT, GRE or Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators tests.

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