Faculty and Staff Top of Page

Erin Aldridge, Associate Professor (Orchestra, Violin)
Pamela Bustos, Associate Professor (Band, Clarinet, Music Education)
Matthew Faerber, Professor (Choir, Music Education)
Vicki Fingalson, Assistant Professor (Voice, Opera Workshop)
E. Beth Gilbert, Professor (Piano, Music Theory)
Lois Veenhoven Guderian, Assistant Professor (Music Education)
Brett Jones, Associate Professor (Percussion, World Music)
Greg Kehl Moore, Professor (Jazz Studies, Saxophone)
Norma Stevlingson, Professor (Organ, Harpsichord, Music History)

Cooperating Academic Staff

Joshua Aerie, Lecturer, (Cello)
Dennis Berryhill, Lecturer, (Piano Technology)
Bradley Bombardier, Lecturer, (Bassoon)
Nixon Bustos, Lecturer, (String Bass)
Tracey Gibbens, Lecturer, (Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba)
Kevin Hoeschen, Lecturer, (Viola)
Tyler Kaiser, Lecturer, (Guitar)
Janell Kokkonen Lemire, Lecturer, (Harp)
Jeffrey Madison, Lecturer, (Voice)
Calland Metts, Lecturer, (Voice)
Jill Pospisil, Lecturer, (French horn)
Earl Salemink, Lecturer, (Trumpet)
Alexander Sandor, Lecturer, (Piano and Class Piano)
Melanie Sever, Lecturer, (Flute)
Laurie Van Brunt, Lecturer, (Oboe, English Horn)

Music Degrees Top of Page

The Music Department offers curricula leading to the following degrees:

Bachelor of Music Education (Comprehensive)

  • Choral/General Music: (PK-12 Certification)
  • Instrumental Music: (5-12 Certification)

Bachelor of Music (Comprehensive)

Performance Concentration

  • Instrumental Performance Track
  • Jazz Studies Performance Track
  • Keyboard Performance Track
  • Voice Performance Track

Bachelor of Arts with a major in music

Bachelor of Music Education Degree (Comprehensive) Top of Page

Bachelor of Music Performance Degree (Comprehensive) Top of Page

The Bachelor of Music degree is intended for highly qualified students who are capable of pursuing advanced studies beyond a baccalaureate degree and/or a professional career in music. Enrollment is contingent upon a special performance jury that occurs no earlier than the end of the first semester of study. This special performance jury must also be passed for a student transferring into the Bachelor of Music degree program from another degree program or from another institution.

Music Major - Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements Top of Page

120 total credits (including general education courses)

Music required courses (48 credits required):

Music and World Culture -- 3.00 credits
Elementary Ear Training -- 1.00 credits
Elementary Ear Training -- 1.00 credits
Elementary Theory -- 3.00 credits
Elementary Theory -- 3.00 credits
Advanced Ear Training -- 1.00 credits
Advanced Ear Training -- 1.00 credits
Advanced Theory -- 3.00 credits
Advanced Theory -- 3.00 credits
Counterpoint -- 3.00 credits
Form And Analysis -- 2.00 credits
Music History -- 2.00 credits
Music History -- 3.00 credits
Music History -- 3.00 credits

Applied Major -- 12 credits (two credits per semester; 2 credits must be at the 300 level and must enroll every semester in program)

Major ensemble (110/310, 112/312, or 114/314) -- 4 credits (must enroll every semester in program)

MUSI 150 Concert/Recital Class -- 0 credit (must pass eight semesters and enroll every semester in program)

Pass piano proficiency exam one semester prior to graduation

Bachelor of Arts Degree Foreign/Indigenous Language courses (3-6 credits required):

CHIN/FNS/FREN/GERM/SPAN language courses

Music Minor Requirements Top of Page

22 total credits

Music courses required (22 credits required):

Music Appreciation -- 3.00 credits
Music and World Culture -- 3.00 credits
Elementary Ear Training -- 1.00 credits
Elementary Ear Training -- 1.00 credits
Elementary Theory -- 3.00 credits
Elementary Theory -- 3.00 credits

A Cappella Choir -- 0.00 - 1.00 credits


Symphonic Band -- 0.00 - 1.00 credits


University Orchestra -- 0.00 - 1.00 credits

Concert/Recital Class -- 0.00 credits

Applied Music 120 - 139 -- 4 credits (4 semesters on same instrument at 1 credit each)

NOTE: MUSI 150 must pass four semesters

Other requirements:

  • Piano proficiency equivalent to MUSI 103.
  • Completion of a major.
  • Completion of the General Education requirements.
  • Electives to complete the 120-credit requirement (may include additional music courses.)

Special Accreditation Top of Page

All degree programs in Music are fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Student Learning Outcomes Top of Page

Music Majors In All Degree Programs Will Demonstrate Ability to:

  1. Perform, at a high level of mastery, both soloistically and collaboratively, music of all styles in the repertory of their major instrument
  2. Successfully participate and perform in music ensembles and demonstrate knowledge of the role of the conductor, composer, performer, and audience
  3. Recognize and analyze the theoretical elements of music and their relationships within scores across local, national and global styles, and historical contexts
  4. Demonstrate through performance and written description, knowledge of formal structures, notations, instruments and styles as well as stage presentation skills
  5. Relate historical, social, philosophical, technological and artistic developments to the creation of music of any given time period
  6. Evaluate musical performances of self and others via a set of criteria common to the performance practices of particular genres and apply strategies for life-long improvement

Graduation Requirements Top of Page

All students majoring in music or music education must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Complete the sequence of courses for one of the degree programs listed below with a grade of C- or better in each music course required for the major, and a minimum grade point average of 2.5. Grades in applied music, ensembles and repertory classes will be excluded when computing this average.
  2. Pass the piano proficiency examination one semester prior to graduation, or before student teaching if majoring in music education. Students with credits in MUSI 236, 237, 238, 336, 337, 338, 436, 437, 438 are exempt from this requirement.
  3. Participate in a major ensemble each semester enrolled except during student teaching. The major ensembles are Symphonic Band (for woodwind, brass and percussion majors as well as keyboard majors with a secondary band instrument), University Orchestra (for string majors as well as keyboard majors with a secondary string instrument) and Acappella Choir (for voice majors as well as keyboard majors with a secondary interest in voice).
  4. Enroll in MUSI 150 each semester (must pass a minimum of eight semesters) except during student teaching.
  5. Satisfy the graduation requirements listed in the front section of this catalog.
  6. Capstone Experience: For students majoring in Music Education, the capstone experience is student teaching or interning. For students majoring in Performance, the capstone experience is the full recital. For students earning the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, the capstone experience, approved by the major advisor, may be a recital, a creative work such as a composition or arrangement, or an independent research project or paper.

Admission Requirements Top of Page


Upon admission to the university, all prospective music majors must audition for admission to the Music Department. At the end of their first semester, and again at the end of their sophomore year, students will be advised concerning their potential to succeed in their chosen field.

Transfer students:

Students transferring from other institutions must perform an audition on their major instrument and take placement examinations in keyboard, music history and theory before registering for music courses at UW-Superior.

Music Department Residency Requirement

All students, including transfer students, who wish to earn a degree in music from UW-Superior must complete at UW-Superior at least 18 credits in music for a comprehensive degree, and at least 12 credits in music for a non-comprehensive degree.

Admission to Advanced Standing

Before enrolling for Applied Music courses numbered above 300, students must take the Advanced Standing Exam in Applied Music. This is normally done at the end of the fourth semester of applied study. See applied music instructor for information regarding performance standards for this exam.


Students may not enroll on a Pass-Fail basis in any course required for the major except MUSI 150.

Credit by Examination

The Music Department offers credit by examination in selected music courses. For further information contact the department chair.