UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Degree Requirements

Music Major


Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science - Liberal Arts Music

Music Major - Liberal Arts (minor required): 46 Total Credits
Requirements: 35 cr. hrs.

  • MUS 130 Music Theory and Ear Training I 4 cr.
  • MUS 131 Music Theory and Ear Training II 4 cr.
  • MUS 230 Music Theory and Ear Training III 4 cr.
  • MUS 231 Music Theory and Ear Training IV 4 cr.
  • MUS 234 Music History and Literature I 4 cr.
  • MUS 235 Music History and Literature II 4 cr.
  • MUS 333 20th Century Music 3 cr.
  • MUSA 100 level Applied Music-credits must be in the same area. 4 cr.
  • MUSE Music Ensembles 4 cr.

Directed Electives: 11 cr. hrs.

  • MUSA or MUSE Performance credits (Applied Music or Ensembles) 4 - 6 cr.
  • Music Pedagogy, Techniques Course(s) or Academic Music course 200 level and above 4 - 6 cr.


BACHELOR OF MUSIC EDUCATION 


DEGREE SUMMARY - Fall 2021 Catalog 

  1. Foundations & Core Courses (40 credits) 
  2. Techniques Courses (4 credits) 
  3. Applied Music Courses (9 credits) 
  4. Ensembles (10 credits) 
  5. Music Education Courses (15 credits) 
  6. Professional Education Courses (24 credits) 

1) Foundation & Core Courses (40 credits)


Select each of the following courses: 

  • MUS 126 Technology for the Musician - 1 cr. 
  • MUS 130 Musicianship I - 3 cr. 
  • MUS 131 Musicianship II - 3 cr. 
  • MUS 132 Aural Skills I - 1 cr. 
  • MUS 133 Aural Skills II - 1 cr. 
  • MUS 140 Class Piano I - 1 cr. 
  • MUS 144 Class Piano II - 1 cr. 
  • MUS 146 Class Piano III - 1 cr. 
  • MUS 230 Musicianship III - 3 cr. 
  • MUS 231 Musicianship IV - 3 cr. 
  • MUS 232 Aural Skills III - 1 cr. 
  • MUS 233 Aural Skills IV - 1 cr. 
  • MUS 234 Music History & Literature 1 - 3 cr. 
  • MUS 235 Music History & Literature 2 - 3 cr. 
  • MUS 236 Practical Musicianship - 2 cr. 
  • MUS 240 Piano Proficiency - 1 cr. 
  • MUS 254 Classroom String Techniques - Guitar and Ukulele - 1 cr. 
  • MUS 300 World Music (g) - 3 cr. 
  • MUS 342 Conducting I - 2 cr. 
  • MUS 346 Advanced Conducting and Rehearsal Techniques - 2 cr. 
  • MUS 435 Music Literature - 2 cr. 
  • MUS 492 Senior Capstone Recital - 1 cr. 

2) Techniques Courses (4 credits) 


Select each of the following courses within ONE of the following sections (Choral or Instrumental): 

CHORAL FOCUS

  • MUS 247 Diction I: IPA & Italian - 1 cr. 
  • MUS 248 Diction II: German & French - 1 cr. 
  • MUS 264 Vocal and Choral Techniques I - 1 cr. 
  • MUS 266 Vocal and Choral Techniques II - 1 cr. 

INSTRUMENTAL FOCUS 

  • MUS 241 Woodwind Techniques - 1 cr. 
  • MUS 243 Brass Techniques - 1 cr. 
  • MUS 245 Percussion Techniques - 1 cr. 
  • MUS 252 Orchestral String Techniques - 1 cr. 

3) Applied Music Courses (9 credits) 


PRIMARY AREA (100-LEVEL) - Select four (4) credits across four (4) semesters from one of the following areas:

Sample Primary Area: Voice students would select Applied Voice

PRIMARY AREA (300-LEVEL) - Select two (2) credits across two (2) semesters from one of the following areas:

Sample Primary Area: Voice students would select Applied Voice

SECONDARY AREA (100-LEVEL) - Select three (3) credits across three (3) semesters from one of the following areas:

Sample Secondary Area: Instrumental students would select Applied Voice

4) Ensembles (10 credits) 


PRIMARY ENSEMBLE - Select six (6) credits across six (6) semesters from one of the following areas: 

  • MUSE 108 Concert Choir - 1 cr. 
  • MUSE 111 St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra - 1 cr. 
  • MUSE 113 Symphony Band - 1 cr. 

Sample Primary Ensemble: Voice students would select Concert Choir

CHOICE ENSEMBLE - Select one (1) credit from the following areas: 

WORLD MUSIC ENSEMBLE - Select one (1) credit from the following area: 

  • MUSE 130 World Music Ensemble - 1 cr. 

LAB ENSEMBLE - Select two (2) credits across two (2) semesters from the following area: 

5) Music Education Courses (15 credits) 


Select each of the following courses: 

  • MUS 181 Introduction to Music Education - 3 cr.
  • MUS 281 Secondary Methods - General Music - 3 cr.
  • MUS 351 Elementary Methods - Classroom Music - 3 cr.
  • MUS 352 Secondary Methods - Music Performance - 3 cr.
  • MUS 381 Contemporary Topics in Music Education - 1 cr.
  • MUS 382 Adaptive Music - 1 cr.
  • MUS 452 Student Teaching Preparatory - 1 cr.

6) Professional Studies Courses (24 credits) 


Select each of the following courses: 

EDUCATION FOUNDATIONS

  • TED 250 Educational Psychology - 3 cr.
  • TED 252 Foundations of Diversity and Equity in Education (d) - 3 cr.
  • SPED 330 Introduction to Special Education - 3 cr.

PROFESSIONAL  EDUCATION

  • TED 422 Content Area Literacy - 3 cr.

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION – STUDENT TEACHING 

  • TED 421 Student Teaching Seminar - 2 cr.
  • TED 472 OR 473 OR 474 OR 479 Student Teaching - 10 cr.

Music Department 

B46 Kleinpell Fine Arts
715-425-3183
www.uwrf.edu/MUS/

David Milne, Chair
Jenny Hansen, Program Associate
Faculty:  Joy Killough Amel, Thomas Barnett, Peter Benson, Gary Bird, Paul Budde, Benjamin Cold, Patti Cudd, Laura Edman, Deborah Fristad, Rick Gaynor, Eric Graham, Joseph Hagedorn, Craig Hara, Layton 'Skip' James, Tina James, Ivan Konev, Alicia McQuerrey, David Milne, Natalia Moiseeva, Nick Ober, Patrick O'Keefe, Ben Osterhouse, Chris Olson, Casey Palbicki, J.W. Park, Kristin Tjornehoj, Peter Whitman.

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Music Department offers high-quality undergraduate programs in music leading to the degrees Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Science in Music, as well as Minors in Music and Musical Theater. The University of Wisconsin-River Falls is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

The Bachelor or Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees are designed for students seeking admittance to a professional graduate school, or pursuing a music related career. The B.A. degree does not require a minor, however it does require a selection of courses Language Competency and International Components.  The B.S. degree requires a minor or double major.  The B.A. and B.S. degrees do not provide teacher certification

The Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.) degree is designed to train and certify public school music teachers. In the B.M.E. degree program, students may elect either a Choral/General Music (K-12) emphasis (includes a piano-vocal option), or an Instrumental/General Music (K-12) emphasis.  The B.M.E. degree does not require a minor.

The department also offers a Music Minor (non-teaching) and a Musical Theatre Minor. All applicants for admission to degree programs in music must satisfactorily complete a performance audition. Audition requirements for all performance areas are available from the Music Department. In addition to the performance audition, all transfer applicants must take a music theory and history placement exam. The results of the exam will determine the appropriate course levels. Music students should consult the department handbook, which clarifies course requirements and provides additional pertinent information.

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

General Education Requirements

BA and BS Liberal Arts majors as listed for CAS.
BS Education majors as listed for CEPS.