Majors & Minors

Music Degree

Program Overview

The Music program provides unique and comprehensive courses and degree plans for students who wish to develop expertise in music.  

Highlights of the Music Major

  • The Music Department offers high-quality programs in music leading to the degrees Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Science in Music. 
  • Our Music Majors provide instruction in in vocal performance, instrumental performance, music education, composition, conducting, jazz studies, piano pedagogy, and musical theater. 
  • Our highly qualified Music Department faculty provide expert instruction in the areas of voice, brass, woodwinds, percussion, strings, guitar, piano, organ, jazz studies, and composition. 
  • The Music Department is a fully accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
  • Numerous scholarship are available to students in the Music program.
  • Outstanding facilities include William Abbott Concert Hall, the Digital Creativity Media Lab, and high-quality instructional rehearsal rooms, classrooms, laboratories and studios.
  • Performance opportunities abound for music majors, minors, non-majors, and community members, including concerts, workshops, masterclasses, student recitals, and other events. 
  • Numerous on-campus concerts throughout the year, many ensembles tour locally or internationally.

Skills and Learning Outcomes

As a student in this program, you will learn to:

  • Contribute to the culture of the university and the region by actively performing music.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of styles and structures of music and apply this knowledge through performance.
  • Develop and demonstrate the ability to compose musical ideas.

Career Opportunities

Students who graduate from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Music degree have a great variety of professional fields open to them. 


  • Composer (arranger, copyist, orchestrator)
  • Conductor
  • Music Director (religious institution)
  • Music Educator (elementary, secondary, and post-secondary)
  • Music Librarian 
  • Music Researcher
  • Performer-Professional Musician
  • Studio-Individual Teacher

Music Industry

  • Arts Administrator
  • Instrument Repair
  • Manager-Booking Agent
  • Manufacturer-Importer-Wholesaler (instruments, accessories, electronics, recordings, software)
  • Promotions-Marketing
  • Music Dealer (management, sales)
  • Music Software Programmer
  • Newspaper Critic-Reporter
  • Publisher-Editor
  • Tuner-Technician

Television and Radio Industry

  • Copyright-Clearance Administrator
  • Disc Jockey-Video Jockey
  • Music License Administrator
  • Music Editor-Producer-Composer
  • Post-Production Scoring
  • Program Director
  • Promotions-Marketing
  • Sound Mixer

Related Programs

Not what you were looking for?
Here are some related programs you may also want to consider:

Music Education

Stage and Screen Arts


The median annual salary of music directors and composers is over


(Bureau of Labor Statistics)