Disciplinary Major or Minor
(Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Music)
Professor — Cheryl Grosso
Associate Professors — Kevin Collins (chair), Mark Kiehn, Sarah Meredith Livingston, John Salerno
Assistant Professors — Adam Gaines, Eric Hansen, Michelle McQuade Dewhirst, Randall Meder, David Severtson, Courtney Sherman
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. The Music program offers two degrees. The Bachelor of Music degree prepares students for a professional career in music as a performer or educator. The Bachelor of Arts degree offers the study of music in a liberal arts framework. This degree offers broad coverage of music rather than heavy concentration on any single element. It is intended for Music majors who wish to major in Music as a part of a liberal arts program irrespective of specific career aspirations.
The Bachelor of Music offers majors in:
- Music Education (with licensure in Pre K-12 Instrumental, Pre K-12 Choral and Pre K-12 General Music)
- Performance (preparation for a career as a performing musician)
The Bachelor of Arts offers emphases in:
- Applied Music
- Jazz Studies
- Music History and Literature
Students are admitted to the Music major and minor by audition. Students may audition a maximum of three times. Majors are required to take a sequence of theory, history and literature courses to achieve a comprehensive intellectual understanding of music, along with the development of performance skills, and ear-training/sight-singing ability.
Music majors choose an interdisciplinary minor, in consultation with their faculty adviser. Some choose an Arts Management minor, which focuses on the development of conceptual and cultural understanding and the professional skills required for management and promotion of not-for-profit arts and cultural organizations. Music Education majors select Education as a minor, leading to licensure in their chosen area(s). Other students select from minors that suit various career aspirations, such as Business Administration.
It is also possible to choose Music as a disciplinary minor, combined with an interdisciplinary major. The Music minor may be especially appropriate for students who have substantial pre-collegiate backgrounds in music, but who intend to pursue careers in other fields.
Students benefit from the close proximity of the Edward W. Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, one of Wisconsin's premiere performance venues with an acoustically superb environment. Master classes and lectures by guest artists occur several times each year. Most University concerts and student recitals are also held at the Weidner Center. The David A. Cofrin Library holds a substantial collection of scores and recordings as well as books and periodicals related to music.
Two- to four-year sequences of applied instruction are available in voice, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, piano, organ, guitar, string bass, and electric bass. All degree programs include major and minor ensemble requirements. These requirements must be fulfilled with the ensembles directly related to the area of applied lessons when possible.
Performance opportunities in major ensembles include Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, UW-Green Bay Chorale, Concert Choir, and University Chorus. Minor ensembles available include Jazz Combo, Flute Ensemble, Woodwind Ensemble, Saxophone Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Jazz Ensembles, Contemporary Percussion Ensemble, Hand Drumming Ensemble, New Music Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Opera/Musical Theatre Workshop, and Collegium Musicum.For information on Music teacher certification, contact Professor Mark Kiehn.