Music

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
Adviser – Cheryl Grosso

The Music program offers two degrees, a professional degree – the Bachelor of Music and a liberal arts degree – the Bachelor of Arts.

The Bachelor of Music degree prepares students to enter the music profession directly, or to pursue more advanced study in graduate school.

  • The Bachelor of Music in Music Education prepares students to enter the teaching profession, with Wisconsin DPI licensure available in Pre-K-12 Choral Music, Pre-K-12 General Music, and Pre-K-12 Instrumental Music.  In order to strengthen professional qualifications and broaden career options, most Music Education students elect to pursue more than one certification. Students seeking the Music Education degree must demonstrate a high level of musical and academic proficiency, and perform a half recital during the third year of applied study. Music Education majors select Education as a minor, leading to licensure in their chosen area(s), upon completion of student teaching. For information regarding Education Program requirements, follow this link http://www.uwgb.edu/Catalog/undrgrad/EDU.html
  • The Bachelor of Music in Performance is a professional degree that prepares students for a career in music performance or graduate study of their instrument or voice.  Students are typically admitted to the performance program after their second year of applied study, and must demonstrate a very high degree of musical proficiency and academic ability in music.  Performance majors receive extra instruction in the third and fourth years of applied study, and perform full recitals at the completion of each of these levels.

The Bachelor of Arts degree offers the study of music in a liberal arts framework. It is intended for students who wish to major in Music as a part of a liberal arts program.  The degree can help students prepare for a broad array of career options and may also be appropriate for those intending to pursue advanced study in music.  Because all students completing the B.A. in Music must also complete 66 credits of non-music courses, it also works well for those who decide to add a second major.  Students in this track may tailor their educational experience to their individual interests by selecting from three distinct emphases; Applied Music, Jazz Studies, and Music History and Literature.

Students are admitted to the Music major and minor by audition, and may audition a maximum of three times.  Majors take a sequence of theory, history, and literature/analysis courses to achieve a comprehensive intellectual understanding of music, along with the development of performance ability and aural skills.

Music majors choose an interdisciplinary minor in consultation with their faculty adviser. Music Education majors select Education as a minor, leading to licensure in their chosen area(s). Many Music majors choose an Arts Management minor or second major. Other students select from interdisciplinary minors that support various career aspirations and/or intellectual interests, such as Business Administration or Humanistic Studies.

It is also possible to choose Music as a disciplinary minor, which provides breadth to an interdisciplinary major. The Music minor may be especially appropriate for students who have an interest in studying music, but who intend to pursue careers in other fields.

UW-Green Bay Music students benefit from the University’s beautiful Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, one of Wisconsin’s premiere performance venues with an acoustically superb environment.  Most Music Discipline concerts and recitals are held in one of the Weidner Center’s three performance spaces.  Students have multiple opportunities to attend master classes, performances, and lectures by renowned guest artists who visit our campus each year. A keyboard/technology lab and recording studio are used in various courses and are available to Music students with interests in recording, composition and arranging, production and music technology.

Individual applied instruction is available in voice, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, piano, organ, guitar, string bass, and electric bass. Music majors may also pursue applied instruction in composition and arranging, musical theater and jazz voice, and instrumental jazz. 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, Chorale, and Concert Choir. Minor ensembles include Jazz Combo, Flute Ensemble, Woodwind Ensemble, Saxophone Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Jazz Ensembles, Contemporary Percussion Ensemble, Hand Drumming, New Music Ensemble, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Opera/Musical Theatre Workshop, and Chamber Singers.  Pep Band may be taken for credit but does not fill major or minor ensemble requirements or Fine Arts General Education requirements.

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

For information on Music teacher certification, contact Professor Mark Kiehn.