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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 (Fall 2021), NAfME Collegiate events, and more! 

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

2021-2022 Music Education Events  

We have a terrific lineup of music education events for the 2021-2022 adacemic year. Click below for the full schedule - and please join us if you're able! 

2021 Fall Workshop - Attendees

  • September 6 - Mentor Meeting - 4:00 - 5:00 PM - new students and mentors 
  • September 10 - Fall Workshop - Leila Ramagapol Pertl - 12:00 - 4:00 PM - Theatre Games & Stompy Grooves 
  • 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

Bachelor of Music Education - Fall 2021

At 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 YouTube video (below) to learn more! 

Bachelor of Music Education 2021

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 (above). In addition, click on the button below to view required course lists as well as recommended course sequences for choral and instrumental emphases.


Degree Summary - Fall 2021 (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

NAfME Collegiate 

Please visit our NAfME Collegiate page for info about meetings and events. We have a terrific lineup of guests for the 2021-2022 academic year. Please join us - we'd love to learn and grow with you!

NAfME Collegiate

MUED Fall Picnic 2020

Questions? Contact Dr. Paul Budde for more information. 

MUED Senior Recitals - Spring 2022

2022 - Senior Recital - Robyn Pfeifer

2022 Senior Recital Lexie Meuers Cepress

2022 - Evan Pechacek Senior Recital - Piano

2022 Pechacek Senior Organ Recital Poster
2022 Senior Recital Kendall Koll

2022 Senior Recital Josiah Vitalis

UWRF Student Receives State & National Honors

Congratulations to Marissa Altendorfer, a Music Education student at UW-River Falls who recently received serveral prestigious honors and awards, each celebrating an undergraduate music education student who has shown exceptional leadership, musical excellence, and service to campus and community.

Altendorfer Award 2020

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
NAfME Collegiate Group Fall 2021


MUED Coordinator

Budde 2019

Paul J. Budde, Ph.D. 

Music Education Faculty

Music Education Flyer

UWRF Flyer - Music Education 2021

Click HERE to access a PDF of the full flyer. 

Degreee Planning Materials   

College of Education

Related MUED Links

Social Media 
MUED Facebook Fall 2021
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@UWRFMusicEd) to keep up with the action! #BrightFuture

Resources at UWRF


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