Music Education

Phone: 715-346-3107 (Department of Music); 715-346-2040 (School of Education)

715-346-3107 (Department of Music); 715-346-2040 (School of Education)

UW-Stevens Point Music Education graduates at work

  • Kristen Ross '09 Special Projects Coordinator at Uncommon Schools in Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Mary Biemann '13Elementary Music Teacher at American School of Kuwait in Hawally Governorate, Kuwait
  • Amy Ulrich '05Music Teacher at Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools and founding member of North Central Wisconsin Orff


Phone: 715-346-3107 (Department of Music); 715-346-2040 (School of Education)

Choose Music Education at UW-Stevens Point

​The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point was founded in 1894 as the Stevens Point Normal School, whose primary purpose was to prepare future teachers. Today, teacher preparation remains an integral part of our mission and we continue to be at the forefront of innovation in our field.

The music education program, offered through the Department of Music, is an undergraduate program that focuses on the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to teach music to students, ages birth through 21. UW-Stevens Point offers Wisconsin teacher certification in music education - choral, music education - general and music education - instrumental. Successful candidates in the program earn a Bachelor of Music degree and a Wisconsin teaching license in one or more of the music education certification areas. Full admission to this program is through an application and interview process normally completed during a student's sophomore year.

Students pursuing a career in music education are engaged in a rigorous and musically exciting program that includes high performance expectations with an academic program leading to licensure. All members of the UW-Stevens Point Department of Music faculty are involved in the preparation of teachers, through courses in music theory, composition, jazz studies, music history and applied music.

Career opportunities in Music Education

UW-Stevens Point graduates in the School of Education typically have some of the highest career outcome rates in full-time teaching jobs within their first year after graduation in the UW System.

Students who achieve a Wisconsin license for teaching music have unlimited career opportunities across the United States. Recent graduates of the program are teaching music in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Florida, Texas, Arizona and Nevada. Whether students wish to stay in Wisconsin or experience another area, a degree in music education offers the opportunity. See where our graduates are working on our alumni map.

Building your résumé

At UW-Stevens Point, we are very proud of our tradition of training excellent music teachers. The music education curriculum is carefully designed to ensure that graduates have the best possible preparation to do this important job. We have ways to give music education students additional experiences before student teaching, such as peer teaching, performance by our large ensembles of orchestration and composition projects, and the apprentice conductor program.

​Student teaching is the culminating experience in the teacher candidate's academic program of study at UW-Stevens Point. It provides an opportunity for teacher candidates to practice and refine their knowledge and skills under the supervision and guidance of cooperating teachers and our own faculty who have dedicated their careers to education and a lifetime of student learning.

Outside the classroom

Our students are academically engaged, highly motivated and actively involved at the local, state, national and international levels. Student organizations are vital to your pre-professional experiences. As such, the School of Education sponsors the Association for the Education of Young Children, Kappa Delta Pi, Student Council for Exceptional Children, Student Wisconsin Education Association and the Student Council for the Social Studies. We also have very active collegiate chapters of the National Association for Music Education (MENC), American String Teachers Association (ASTA) and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).

Every other year, a music faculty member leads a three-week summer trip to Germany, Austria and Italy. Through this trip, students can receive credit for Music 320, Music of the 19th Century or Music 427, Symphonic Literature. Students attend concerts and operas at world-famous European venues and visit places of interest to musicians while learning about the history of the period or genre.

Student support services

The Department of Music, housed in the beautiful Noel Fine Arts Center, is committed to your health through safety issues specific to musicians. We practice equipment safety and raise awareness of hearing, vocal health and psychological health issues.

The Computer Music Center houses a variety of tools that can aid students and faculty alike in doing their work more efficiently and effectively. Using this technology, students develop their creative skills while gaining experience working with digital technology and recording techniques.

Students in the music education program are provided with advisers in their major and the School of Education Academic and Career Advising Center. In addition to academic advising, faculty and professional advisers offer education majors preparatory support for the Praxis Core and Praxis II exams.