Music Literature

Phone: 715-346-3107


UW-Stevens Point Music Literature graduates at work

  • Jason Zell, '06Works in radio in the classical music arena in the Wausau area
  • Steven Rice, ’02Composer at Eastman Computer Music Center, Rochester, N.Y.
  • Aaron Marx, ’04Runs a music school in Stevens Point.


Phone: 715-346-3107

Choose Music Literature at UW-Stevens Point

​The music literature major at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point provides in-depth understanding of the history of music and offers opportunities to study music from different parts of the world. In addition to a variety of music literature courses, the program accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music offers a comprehensive background in music theory/musicianship, applied performance study with a world-class faculty in state-of-the-art facilities and large-ensemble participation. The program culminates in a senior thesis on a topic of the student’s choice. 

Career opportunities in Music Literature

​The music literature degree leads to or enhances a number of music careers. Graduates with this degree have received training to conduct research in music-related subjects and have become effective scholarly writers. They often go on to graduate work, but are also highly qualified for positions with music publishers, music merchandizing companies and writing music criticism. The theory and composition training included in the degree makes it ideal for those who wish to work as composers. Because the performing arts are an ever-changing industry, students are encouraged to learn entrepreneurial skills.

See where our graduates are working on our alumni map.

Building your résumé

​Students who study music literature receive outstanding opportunities to learn major works of literature from an insider’s perspective, as a performer in UW-Stevens Point ensembles. Recent performances include Carl Orff’s "Carmina Burana," Stravinsky’s "Rite of Spring," Beethoven’s "9th Symphony" and Brahms’ "Requiem." Students benefit directly by working with guest artists in master classes. Recent guest artists include Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center; Yo-Yo Ma; Craig Jessup, former conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir; and Philip Glass. Internships in various arts fields and venues are available.

Outside the classroom

​While in the program, students have numerous opportunities to participate in University performance groups such as orchestra, band, choir, jazz band, opera workshop, chamber ensembles and jazz combos. Students also perform with area civic and professional performing groups. Students may join one or more of the service and pre-professional organizations such as Phi Mu Alpha and Delta Omicron, or collegiate chapters of Music Teacher’s National Association, American String Teacher’s Association, and other national organizations for musicians.

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.

In addition to helping you to learn about music, your faculty members will help you with recommendations, advice about jobs and graduate schools, and general support through artistic dilemmas. The open-door policy among music faculty is something many students appreciate.

UW-Stevens Point also offers career planning and job search services through its Career Services office, linking education to the world of work for UW-Stevens Point students and alumni.