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.
Explore 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 can be employed as:
- Jr. High Band Teacher
- Elementary Music Teacher
- Band and Orchestra Teacher
- High School Band Director
- Grade School Choir Teacher
- Private Teacher
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.
Get Involved on Campus
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 in large groups, band, orchestra
- Composition projects
- Apprentice conductor program
- Chamber Ensembles
- Student Recitals
- Studio Recitals
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).
Gain Experience Outside the Classroom
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. Students also have the opportunity to perform in:
- Summer Ensembles
- Summer Music Venues
- Area civic and professional performing groups
UW-Stevens Point’s has a great student-to-teacher ratio which means that majors receive excellent guidance and mentoring that supports personal and academic success. In addition to academic advising, faculty and professional advisers offer education majors preparatory support for the Praxis Core and Praxis II exams. Faculty members are accessible and happy to help majors get the most out of their educational experience. Meet your professors!