Placeholder image for Music Education (General emphasis)

Music Education (General emphasis), Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
, NY,
UW-Whitewater has a nationally-recognized program in Music Education, with a high rate of job placement for our graduates.  Successful completion of the BM degree will allow students to secure licensure to teach K-12 music in Wisconsin, licensure which is relatively easily transferrable to most states.  There are three emphases a student may pursue.


General Emphasis: designed for those students who seek a teaching license for General Music in the elementary or middle school setting, and high school classes in non-ensemble settings (Music Appreciation, Music Technology, Music Theory). This can be combined with K-12 licensure in Choral or Instrumental Music. 

The Department sponsors a variety of performing ensembles, which are open to all university students. Students may enroll in these ensembles and earn General Education credits as well. Vocal groups include the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Singing Sirens (Women's Chorale), Meistersingers (Men's Chorus), Vocal Jazz, and Opera Workshop. The Department also collaborates with the Theatre/Dance Department in an annual musical theatre production of an opera, operetta or Broadway musical. Instrumental groups include the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Whitewater Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Concert Band, Marching Band, University Band, Jazz Ensembles, Alternative Strings Ensemble, Brass Ensembles, Woodwind Choirs, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Combos, SONICT (new music ensemble), and various chamber groups. All provide rich and varied musical experiences and the opportunity to meet and perform with many talented musicians.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Educational Psychology
  • Foundations Of Education In A Pluralistic Society 
  • Introduction To Teaching Music
  • Introduction To Education And Teaching
  • Literacy In The Disciplines
  • Pedagogy And Practice For Teaching General Music K-12
  • Field Study
  • Directed Teaching - Elementary
  • Directed Teaching-Secondary
  • Recital Attendance
  • Folk Guitar
  • Functional Class Piano
  • Theory I
  • Theory II
  • Theory III
  • Theory IV
  • Aural Skills I
  • Aural Skills II
  • Aural Skills III
  • Aural Skills IV
  • Music As A World Phenomenon 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Schedule IELTS
  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

    Schedule TOEFL®

General Requirements

  • Online application (Submit application first and then send the supporting documents. That would facilitate the processing of all the materials)
  • Academic Records (If your academic record is not issued in English, we will require physical copies of the official English translation in a sealed envelope. We do not accept translations done by the applicants themselves)
  • English Language Scores
  • Financial Documents
  • Copy of Passport
  • Music audition

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16235 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16235 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    16235 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16235 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    7662 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7662 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Minnesota Resident: $8,180 
  • Discount for nonresident students whose parent or grandparent received a degree from UW-Whitewater: $12,517 

Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Nonresident students are automatically eligible for scholarships of $2,000 to $5,000 per year, based on ACT/SAT scores, high school course rigor, class rank and grade point average, and the college application statement. Students will be notified at point of admission regarding these merit-based awards.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.


Did you know you can compare your wishlisted programmes with our new Comparison tool?