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Music Education

Thank you for visiting the UW-River Falls Music Education page. Please take a look around to learn about our MUED program, including our revamped Bachelor of Music Education degree, NAfME Collegiate events, and more! 

Contact Dr. Paul Budde for more info or to schedule a visit. 

Bachelor of Music Education - Exciting Changes! 

2022 - Course ListsAt UW-River Falls, we have rebuilt our music education degree from the ground up. The result is a forward-thinking, holistic, interconnected, and student-centered degree designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s students. 

  • Results in PK-12 certification for ALL music areas 
  • Includes 130 total credits to degree
  • Can be completed in 4 total years (including student teaching)

Click on the dropdowns below to learn more! 

Imagine, if you will, a music education degree that:

  • prepares future educators to teach music to PK-12 students across all music disciplines and in any setting
  • provides specialized courses and learning opportunities for those interested in teaching choral, instrumental, and classroom music
  • encourages teaching candidates to develop their own unique musical interests and passion points 
  • explores contemporary approaches, including online teaching and learning, modern music, and more
  • celebrates music traditions from around the world
  • cultivates and engages in musical creativity
  • fosters student-centered approaches to music education that support and empower the students being served
  • develops leadership skills - both on campus and within the classrooms of partnering schools
  • features purposely-sequenced and interconnected coursework

Now, imagine all of this being possible in four years. 


Our revised degree plan at UWRF is all this and more. To learn more, check out our YouTube video (below). In addition, click on the dropdown below to view required course lists as well as recommended course sequences for choral and instrumental emphases.

Bachelor of Music Education - YouTube Overview 


Degree Summary - 130 total credits

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

Degree Requirements
Bachelor of Music Education

Singular Degree - Plus Areas of Emphases

Although the Bachelor of Music Education is a singular degree that leads to certification for ALL music (PK-12), students have the option to focus on a Choral or Instrumental emphasis throughout their studies. Click on the links below to see required coures lists and recommended course sequences within each area of emphasis. 

Bachelor of Music Eduation - Choral Emphasis

Required Course List - Choral 

Recommended Course Sequence - Choral
Bachelor of Music Eduation - Instrumental Emphasis

Required Course List - Instrumental 

Recommended Course Sequence - Instrumental

UW-River Falls Students Receive Honors

Pfeifer 2022Congratulations to UW-River Falls Music Education major Robyn Pfeifer, who is one of two recipients for the 2022 Wisconsin Music Educator Association (WMEA) Richard G. Gaarder Award. This annual award recognizes Wisconsin undergraduate music education students who have shown exceptional leadership, musical excellence, and service to campus and community. Way to go, Robyn!! 

Robyn joins Marissa Woletz (Altendorfer), who was the 2020 Richard G. Gaarder recipient and also received the 2020 National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Collegiate Professional Achievement Award and the 2020 NAfME Shannon Kelly Kane Scholarship

2022-2023 Music Education Events  

We have a terrific lineup of events for the 2022-20223 adacemic year.

Click below for the full schedule - and please join us if you're able! 

  • September 6 - Mentor Meeting - 4:00 - 5:00 PM - new students and mentors 
  • September 10 - Fall Workshop - Leila Ramagopal Pertl - 12:00 - 4:00 PM - Creativity: The Heart of Inclusive Pedagogy 
  • September 10 - Fall Picnic - 4:00 - 6:30 PM (UWRF Amphitheatre) 
  • September 21 - NAfME Collegiate Meeting - 6:15 - 7:30 PM (KFA B94) - NAfME Overview & Group Photo
  • October 19 - NAfME Collegiate Meeting - 6:15 - 7:30 PM (KFA B94) 
  • October 26-29 - Wisconsin State Music Conference (Madison, WI) - register by October 1 for the early-bird discount 
  • November 16 - NAfME Collegiate Meeting - 6:15 - 7:30 PM (KFA B94) 
  • February 11 - NAfME Collegiate Summit - held at UW-Whitewater - tentative 
  • February 15 - NAfME Collegiate Meeting - 6:15 - 7:30 PM (KFA B94) 
  • February 16-18 - Minnesota Midwinter Clinic (Minneapolis, MN) - register by February 3 for the early-bird discount 
  • March 22 - NAfME Collegiate Meeting - 6:15 - 7:30 PM (KFA B94) 
  • April 19 - NAfME Collegiate Meeting - 6:15 - 7:30 PM (KFA B94) 
  • May 8 - Music Department Spring Picnic - 4:00 - 8:00 PM (Location TBD) 

Dates TBD

  • NAfME Collegiate Social Events - monthly events 

Calendar Updates 

Scan the QR code below to subscribe to our MUED Events Calendar (auto-updates as events are added or updated)

   MUED Events QR Code

NAfME Collegiate 

Please visit our NAfME Collegiate page for info about meetings and events. We have a terrific lineup of guests for the 2022-2023 academic year. Please join us - we'd love to learn and grow with you!

NAfME Collegiate

NAfME Fall Picnic 2022

Questions? Contact Dr. Paul Budde for more information. 

Senior Capstone Recitals - Spring 2023

DeWitt Recital Poster 2023

Shackleton - Recital Poster

Pechacek Organ Recital 2023

2023 - Connolly Senior Recital

Join the Falcon Family

Interested in studying music education? Visit our Prospective Students page to learn more - and to register for a Music Major Entrance Expo! 

Prospective Students Page

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