The department provides unique and comprehensive classes designed to develop student expertise in theory, history, performance and teacher education. Many interesting and varied classes are available to music majors and minors while others are designed specifically for students majoring in other areas.
The music department’s many excellent large and small ensembles are open to all students on campus. While some ensembles require auditions at the beginning of each semester, most are open to all without an audition. All of the ensembles present numerous on-campus concerts throughout the year and many take an annual tour either locally or internationally.
Individual lessons are another important part of the music major and minor degree programs. These private lessons help the student achieve technical excellence while developing musicianship in their chosen area of study.
Teacher education is a primary focus of the music department. Courses are offered in this degree program which enable the student to develop both musicianship and the ability to teach music in elementary, middle school and senior high school programs. Music education classes, instrumental or vocal techniques and conducting provide essential elements which are needed to be an effective music teacher.
The UWRF music department is staffed with nine full-time and sixteen part-time faculty members. The diverse faculty provide expertise in the areas of brass, woodwinds, percussion, strings, guitar, piano, organ, voice and composition. Exceptional faculty leadership is also evident in the quality of the numerous student music ensembles. Three members of the faculty are music education specialists who oversee the student teaching experience and provide invaluable insights into the pedagogical process. When music majors enter UW-River Falls, they are assigned a faculty advisor who assists each student in developing a program of study and monitors their progress through its completion. The congenial faculty members are interested in and dedicated to all university students who become involved in the departmental activities.
The process of learning music enhances the achievement level in other academic areas. Studies indicate that there is a significant relationship between a student’s music reading ability and their abilities in reading and math. Music students also tend to have a higher overall grade point average than the non-music student. Creativity is a major component of music and a musically artistic experience promotes creativity in other areas of study.
Department of Music
B46 Kleinpell Fine Arts