UW-Platteville’s Music Program serves the student body and the region as a cultural resource by providing general courses for all students, and specialized courses leading to those occupations requiring musical expertise. Recognizing that cultural-aesthetic enrichment is a vital part of university life, our goal is to provide high quality instructional experiences through performances by faculty, guest artists, and student performing organizations.

The objectives of the Music Program are to provide students the opportunity to:

  • Develop their talent and ability as musicians.
  • Become teachers of music.
  • Combine a music major with business or related arts courses.
  • Develop a thorough understanding of the elements of music and its historic considerations.
  • Participate in performing organizations.

The UW-Platteville Music Program is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

The Department of Performing & Visual Arts Music Program offers a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in music with the following emphases:

  • Choral Music Education (K-12)
  • General Music Education (K-12)
  • Instrumental Music Education (K-12)
  • Instrumental (Non-Teaching)
  • Vocal (Non-Teaching)

Click here for a music fact sheet and more course information.

Yes, High school students (incoming freshmen) who plan to major or minor in music, or who plan to participate in musical ensembles (such as choir, band, jazz band, orchestra, or musical theatre) and students who will be transferring to UW-Platteville from another college or university who will major in music or participate in musical ensembles.

The most helpful pre-college preparation for those planning to major in music is to participate in a high school music organization. In addition, it is recommended that the student study privately with a specialist, and take piano lessons if possible. Students should also take advantage of any music theory or history classes. Potential music majors asking this question are highly encouraged to visit our faculty page and reach out to the faculty specializing in their instrument. All of us here in the music department would be happy to share our thoughts on preparing for a successful experience as a music major/minor.

Yes, the music department can rent instruments out by the semester. This can be done in the music office, 180 Doudna Hall. Lesson fees are built into the course price you pay with tuition. However, you do have an out of pocket cost for an accompanist which varies in prices depending on the person.

Masterclass and studio are classes taken in conjunction with your applied instrument and happen in both vocal and instrumental studios. Studio class happens once a week: Monday at 2 p.m. for instrumentalists and Wednesday at 2 p.m. for vocalists. All students taking applied lessons are encouraged to participate in these sessions. Studio class is designed for students to perform for their studio and get get feedback from their peers and instructor. Masterclass is designed for the student to perform and get critiques from master performers. We often use our studio class time to present guest lectures and appearances from touring and regional artists.

UW-Platteville is unique in that you can major in choral, instrumental, and general music or a combination of the three.

Interested in music at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville?
Welcome future students! Here you will find many of the answers to your questions regarding scholarships, high school preparation, and frequently asked questions. Finally, you will find links to driving directions and a map to help you navigate our campus. Not finding what you are looking for? Please feel free to contact our department head, Dr. David Cooper, who would love to answer any questions you may have.

Thinking of making music your career?
If you love music and think you want to take it to a professional level, whether it be performing, conducting or teaching, UW-Platteville may be the place for you! UW-Platteville offers a supportive environment with emphasis on personal relationships for studying music. UW-Platteville provides a close-knit yet challenging program for its students. UW-Platteville has more than 100 music majors and minors and lots of students who simply love to develop their musical talent.

Practice brings opportunities
Students have ample opportunities to perform in a wide variety of bands, choirs and ensembles. Students also have the opportunity to take on leadership roles in some productions like the Marching Pioneers and spring musical as drum majors or assistant music directors. Each year the department presents more than 100 performances including the ever popular, Holiday Gala.

Getting personal
Our outstanding faculty of performers, composers and music educators are proud of the individual attention they can provide their students. A unique feature of UW-Platteville is we provide the opportunity for students to learn in small class settings and get lots of one-on-one attention from professors who inspire learning and truly want you to succeed. There are numerous faculty-student collaborative opportunities.

"One of the biggest advantages a music student has at UW-Platteville is the opportunity to be involved in numerous ensembles. Participation and experience in many different musical atmospheres augment your own abilities and education."

-Emma Bernhagen
Instrumental and Choral Music Education

Administration & Faculty

Associate Professor
Director of Jazz Studies
Vocal Area Coordinator
Senior Lecturer
Direct of Choral Activities
Director of Bands
Associate Director of Choral Activities
Assistant Professor
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Associate Director of Bands
Assistant Professor