Why Study Music?

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Music is part of our everyday lives. With a degree in music, you can apply your interests and expertise to a vast spectrum of career paths, ranging from music performance and education, to research, and more. At UW-River Falls, our vibrant and robust music program provides foundational skills via significant performance opportunities, expert faculty, outstanding facilities and personalized instruction.



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Music Student Jack Sandvik
I can easily say that the music staff here on campus are some of the finest and most intelligent musicians in the area. Not only are they all amazing at their instruments, but they are also well-versed in what it means to be a working musician and how to make the best of that.
Jack Sandvik


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Three students play instruments during a Musical Education class

Skills and Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the styles and structures of music.
  • Apply knowledge and skills through performance.
  • Develop the ability to compose musical ideas.
  • Communicate effectively and foster a variety of transferable skills.
  • Cultivate expertise in specialty areas including education, history, theory or performance.


Types of Courses

  • 20th Century Music
  • Class Guitar
  • Conducting
  • Music Theory and Ear Training
  • Orchestration
  • Piano Proficiency
  • String Techniques
  • Vocal and Choral Pedagogy
  • Woodwind Techniques


Band student strums a guitar during rehearsal
Two students study their notes at a picnic table with their dog

Potential Careers

With a music degree, you’ll have a wide variety of future career options. Some examples include:

  • Composer
  • Conductor
  • Music Director
  • Music Educator
  • Music Librarian or Researcher
  • Performer or Professional Musician
  • Studio or Individual Teacher


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