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 Music program offers two degrees, the Bachelor of Music and the Bachelor of Arts. 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. It is intended for students who wish to major in Music as a part of a liberal arts program that prepares them for a broad array of career paths.
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 undergraduate study in performance and/or 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, 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 others choose an Arts Management minor or Arts Management as a second major, which focuses on the development of professional skills necessary for successful management and promotion of not-for-profit arts and cultural organizations. 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. 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, periodicals and online journals. A keyboard/technology lab and recording studio are used in various courses and are available to music students with interests in recording, production and music technology.
Individual applied instruction is available in classical and musical theatre voice, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, piano, organ, guitar, string bass, and electric bass. Individual applied instruction in jazz is also available on many instruments. 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, and Opera/Musical Theatre Workshop. 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.