• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #401 (ARWU) Milwaukee, WI, United States
The Department of Music offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Music and in Music Education. The following courses of study are available in the Music BFA: Music Performance, Music History and Literature, and Music Composition and Technology.
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Within the Music Performance area, students may concentrate in one of the following six areas: Winds, Brass or Percussion; Strings; Piano and Organ; Voice; or Guitar.

Campus Chapters of Professional Organizations
  • Collegiate Music Educators
  • American Choral Directors Association
  • American String Teachers Association

BFA Requirements

The following outline will serve as a guide in planning a major in music. Students are encouraged to consult regularly with their school and departmental advisors as well.

Requirements / Credits
  • University Core Curriculum / 45
  • Music Courses (specified in each curriculum) / 75-80
  • General Electives / 0-5

125-130 cr. Total

In addition, there are certain basic requirements all majors must fulfill including the Performance Organization Requirement, Recital and Convocation Attendance, the Music Performance Course Enrollment Requirements, and the Music Theory and History Requirements. Credit requirements and course sequences vary from major to major and with area of concentration within each major.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Music Performance

A curriculum in Winds, Brass or Percussion; Strings; Piano and Organ; Voice; or Guitar that prepares the student for both professional performance and studio teaching.

Music History and Literature

A curriculum that focuses on the historical and critical study of music and prepares the student for specialization and graduate work in musicology, music librarianship and music criticism.

Music Composition and Technology

A curriculum that prepares the student for specialization in creative musical writing and related analytical skills and concepts, in conjunction with specific courses of study in microcomputers, electronic music-based software applications, MIDI, sound synthesis, and pedagogy.

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

Complete the online application at apply.wisconsin.edu. Within a few days after you have submitted your application, you will receive an e-mail from us with information on how to check the status of your application online.

All applicants must include the $44 application fee (AF). All applicants who have education from outside the US must also pay the additional $40 evaluation fee (EF). You can send a check or international money order, or pay the fees with a credit card at the same time you submit an online application.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    20844 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20844 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    20844 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20844 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    9565 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9565 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Milwaukee

  • 1066 - 1770 USD/month
    Living Costs

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