If you love music and think you want to take it to a professional level, whether it be performing, conducting or teaching, UW-Platteville is the place for you! UW-Platteville’s music program is unique in that you can major in choral, instrumental, general music or a combination of the three.

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

"One of the biggest advantages as a music student 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

Preparing to Study Music

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 students study privately with a specialist, and take piano lessons, if possible. Students should also take advantage of music theory and/or history classes. Potential music majors are highly encouraged to review our faculty list and reach out to the faculty specializing in their instrument.  We’re happy to share our thoughts on preparing for success as a music major/minor.

The music department has instruments available to rent on a semester to semester basis. 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 price depending on the person.

Opportunities to Get Involved

Masterclass and studio are classes taken in conjunction with your applied instrument and happen in both vocal and instrumental studios. 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 feedback from their peers and instructor. Masterclass is designed for the student to perform and get critiques from master performers. Studio class time is also often used to present guest lectures and appearances from touring and regional artists.