music education

Majors & Minors

Music Education Degree

Program Overview

At the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, teacher education is a primary focus of the Music Department. The courses included within our Music Education degree plans are purposefully designed to ensure that students develop the professional skills and personal attributes needed to be outstanding elementary, middle-school, and high-school music educators, as well as top-notch musicians.

Highlights of the Music Education Major

  • Music Education majors can choose from two degree options: Bachelor of Music Education - Instrumental/General K-12 or Bachelor of Music Education - Vocal/General K-12 (with possible keyboard emphasis).

  • Students have numerous opportunities to gain experience in classroom settings with outstanding local music educators.

  • UW-River Falls has an active Collegiate National Association for Music Education (CNAfME) chapter.

  • Students have weekly lessons with talented music faculty.
  • The outstanding facilities provide student with high-quality performance opportunities.

  • A Music Education degree can be completed in as little as four years (including student teaching).

Skills and Learning Outcomes

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

  • Grow in an environment that features a blend of traditional and forward-thinking approaches, including diverse pedagogical strategies (e.g., Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance, Kodaly, Orff, and Dalcroze).
  • Immerse yourself in an infusion of technology, world music and popular music.
  • Gain experience through collaborative (student/instructor) teaching experiences, research opportunities and more.
  • Grow as a musician, scholar and person.

Career Opportunities

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

Potential Job Titles

  • Classroom Music Teacher
  • Band Director
  • Choir Director
  • Orchestra Director


  • Wisconsin Public and Private Schools
  • Minnesota Public and Private Schools
  • Public and Private Schools throughout U.S.

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