University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Music

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University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music
Established 1895 (1895)
Parent institution
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Dean Susan Cook
Administrative staff
Location Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.

University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Music is an international roster of faculty artists and scholars devoted to the School's fundamental mission of fostering and promoting the global cultural art of music. The institution consists of a 60-member faculty that maintains focuses on individual student achievement. The School of Music was established in the year of 1895. The music degree program was organized in 1915, emphasizing training for public school music teachers. In 1939 the School gained acclaimed distinction with the creation of the first musical artist-in-residence position at any American university.

Music Hall[edit]

Music Hall

This Victorian Gothic building, built in 1878 and initially named Assembly Hall, was designed by architect David R. Jones of Madison to house an 800-seat auditorium, a library, and a clock tower. Dedicated on March 2, 1880, the building originally held conventions, dances, and commencement ceremonies, along with its primary purpose of a library. After the library moved to a different building on campus, a portion of the hall was assigned to the School of Music in 1900. Shortly after renovations in the early 1900s, the building was officially named Music Hall in 1910. It remains an important music venue and is home to the university opera.[1] This building also is home to the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, with part of the building being used as office space and classrooms.

Degrees offered[edit]

The School of Music provides various areas of study that students can pursue a career in. They offer four principal degree options for music majors, in which all require a performance audition for admission.[2] The Bachelor of Music-Performance provides concentration in instrumental sections of brass, composition, guitar, harp, organ, percussion, piano, strings, voice, or woodwinds. The Bachelor of Music-Music Education provides certification in General Music, Instrumental Music, or Choral and General Music. All these variations provide option of certification in Early Childhood through Adolescence. The Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science with music majors provides options in performance, history, theory, or an individualized music curriculum. The individualized music curriculum can be designed with an emphasis in composition.[2]


The University of Wisconsin-Madison Band Program offers a comprehensive selection of ensembles for students at the school. The wind band program consists of numerous ensembles based on the musical ability of the musician. The wind ensemble is composed mostly of music-majors and minors, graduate and undergraduate students alike.[3] It performs traditional and contemporary repertoire of the highest caliber, ranging from the 16th century to premier era pieces. The instrumentation of the wind ensemble changes in order to accommodate the requirements of the repertoire being performed. Like the wind ensemble, the concert band is composed of both music majors and non-majors, who perform standard symphonic band and chamber repertoire and orchestral transcriptions. Each ensemble performs a minimum of two concerts each semester.

Community involvement[edit]

The school provides opportunities through services, programs, and activities that are held on campus. Students that are non-music major are able to take courses with the school of music. Private lessons are offered by school through the Community Music Lessons program.[4] The program runs under the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Music to provide its students with experience teaching music lessons for children and adults. Lessons that are provided by undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the School of Music are overseen by individual faculty members, an experienced graduate coordinator, and a staff supervisor.

Music Career Services[5] is a department located within the School of Music to provide students and graduates with career opportunities. The department offers music career advising appointments, mock interviews, auditions, and feedback on jobs. Students also have advisory opportunities with resumes and letters. Employers able to post job postings on the Music Career Services website so students and alumni are informed.


  1. ^ "Music Hall". Mills Music Library. Archived from the original on August 28, 2006. Retrieved January 20, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b "Undergraduate Catalog 2011–2013". University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Bands". University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Community Music Lessons 2011–2012". University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music. Retrieved November 29, 2011. 
  5. ^ "U-W Madison Music Career Services". University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music. Retrieved November 29, 2011. 

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