Music Department

Music Education

Thank you for visiting the UW-River Falls Music Education page. Take a look around to learn about our MUED program, including exciting new events and initiatives for the 2019-2020 academic year. We hope you can join us at our upcoming events - and we'd welcome the opportunity to collaborate as we look toward a bright future in music education. 

Please contact me for more information about Music Education at UWRF. I look forward to visiting with you! 

Paul J. Budde, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor of Music
UWRF Music Education Coordinator 
WMEA President-Elect

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Be sure to follow us on Facebook (@UWRFMusicEd) and Twitter (@UWRFMusicEd) to keep up with the action! #BrightFuture

MUED Facebook 2019

Moving Music Education Forward  

Music education is evolving. With that in mind, students at UW-River Falls are engaging in a collaborative composition project with students from South High School (Minneapolis). Using Soundtrap, an online composition tool, students from both schools will compose music and provide feedback for one another, as - together - they explore the art of music. In the process, our students will have opportunities to learn and grow as future music educators, as they live out our motto: Respect the Past, Embrace the Future, and Make the Most of Today. 

Special thanks to Dr. Sarah Minette for this amazing opportunity! 

Budde Soundtrap 2019

NAfME Collegiate Meetings 

Please see our NAfME Collegiate page for information about meetings and events. We have a terrific lineup of guests for the 2019-2020 academic year - please come to learn and grow with us!

NAfME 2019 - Outdoors

Orff Elementary Music Workshop 

We are excited to kick off the 2019-2020 academic year with an Orff Elementary Music Workshop on Saturday, September 28, 2019 (9 AM to 1 PM) in Kleinpell Fine Arts, Room B94. This event, which is sponsored by the UWRF chapter of NAfME Collegiate, will feature guest presenters Dan Gullick and Kate Webster. All are welcome - please join us! 

Orff Workshop 2019  (updated)

Click HERE to download the Orff Workshop flyer. 


SongWorks Elementary Music Workshop

UW-River Falls is proud to welcome the SongWorks Educators Association to campus for an Elementary Music Workshop. This event, which will take place on Saturday, November 16, 2019 (9 AM - 12 PM), will be held in Kleinpell Fine Arts, Room B94. The theme for this event is Song as Curriculum: From Game to Study. Please visit the SongWorks website for more information about this holistic approach to elementary music education. All are welcome - please join us for a morning of fun and learning! 

SongWorks Flyer - 2019 (updated)

Click HERE to download the SongWorks Workshop flyer. 

SongWorks Summer Certification Courses

UW-River Falls is honored to once again serve as host for SongWorks Summer Certification Courses, which will take place July 13-17, 2020. Please visit the SongWorks website for more information about this holistic approach to elementary music education. All are welcome - please join us if you can!

SongWorks Group 2019

Music Education at UW-River Falls

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.

Respect the Past
Music Education faculty at UWRF celebrate the achievements that occur every day in music programs around the world.  We recognize that these accomplishments have been made possible by the outstanding work of music educators who have laid the groundwork for each of us today.  We are honored to have the opportunity to help our future educators build upon these rich traditions in Music Education, so that the children of tomorrow are afforded life-changing musical experiences that parallel what we experienced in our own lives.  

Embrace the Future
At the same time, we continually seek better ways to help our future educators meet the needs of students through the art of music, as we recognize that the world is ever-changing.  Driven by the relentless pursuit of excellence, we question, we re-examine, and we explore new strategies for teaching and learning in an effort to ensure that our current Music Education students are well-equipped to meet the needs of their future students for decades to come.  

Make the Most of Today
The future of Music Education is bright.  We look forward to the adventures ahead, including opportunities to collaborate with K-12 music educators, explore research trajectories that inform teaching and learning, and continually revise our curriculum to better meet the needs of our students.

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Music Department
B46 Kleinpell Fine Arts

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