Music

Faculty and Staff Top of Page

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

Cooperating Academic Staff

Dennis Berryhill, Lecturer (Piano Technology)
Nixon Bustos, Lecturer (String Bass)
Kimberlie Dillon, Lecturer (oboe)
Thomas Hamilton, Lecturer (organ)
Kevin Hoeschen, Lecturer (Viola)
Tyler Kaiser, Lecturer (Guitar)
Janell Kokkonen Lemire, Lecturer (Harp)
Jeffrey Madison, Lecturer (Voice)
Lucia Magney, Lecturer (Cello)
Deborah Rausch, Lecturer (French Horn)
Michael Roemhildt, Lecturer (bassoon)
Earl Salemink, Lecturer (Trumpet)
Alexander Sandor, Lecturer (Piano and Class Piano)
Melanie Sever, Lecturer (Flute)
Larry Zimmerman, Lecturer (Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba)
Andrea Yezek, Academic Department Associate

 

Music Degrees Top of Page

The Music Department offers curricula leading to the following degrees:

Bachelor of Music Education (Comprehensive)

  • Choral/General Music: (Early Childhood through Adolescence)
  • Instrumental/General Music: (Early Childhood through Adolescence)

Bachelor of Music in Performance (Comprehensive)

Performance Concentration

  • Instrumental Performance Track
  • Keyboard Performance Track
  • Voice Performance Track

Bachelor of Arts in Music (a minor is required)

Bachelor of Music Education Degree (Comprehensive) Top of Page

The Bachelor of Music Education degree allows students interested in a career as music educators the opportunity to hone their musical skills while learning and practicing innovative and research-based teaching strategies under the direction of experienced faculty.  UW-Superior Music Education majors will be prepared for licensure in either Choral and General Music (Early Childhood through Adolescence) or Instrumental and General Music (Early Childhood through Adolescence) in the state of Wisconsin.  Students completing this program may also apply for licensure in other states.

Music Education: Choral/General (B.M.E.) Top of Page

134 total credits required (including general education)

Music required courses (68 credits minimum):

English and Italian Diction -- 1.00 credits
Ear Training I -- 1.00 credits
Ear Training II -- 1.00 credits
Theory I -- 3.00 credits
Theory II -- 3.00 credits
Ear Training III -- 1.00 credits
Ear Training IV -- 1.00 credits
Theory III -- 3.00 credits
Theory IV -- 3.00 credits
Music History I -- 2.00 credits
Music History II -- 3.00 credits
Music History III -- 3.00 credits
Music Technology -- 1.00 credits
Introduction to Music Education -- 1.00 credits
Music and World Culture -- 3.00 credits
Counterpoint -- 2.00 credits
Choral Pedagogy and Literature -- 2.00 credits
Vocal Pedagogy -- 2.00 credits
Conducting I -- 2.00 credits
Conducting II -- 2.00 credits
Half Recital -- 1.00 credits
Elementary General Music Methods -- 2.00 credits
Secondary Choral Methods -- 2.00 credits
Secondary General Music Methods -- 2.00 credits

  • Applied Major (voice or keyboard) --12 credits (must enroll every semester in the program and must include 4 credits above the 300 level)
  • Applied Minor (keyboard or voice) -- 3 credits (three semesters at 1 credit each)
  • Major ensemble (MUSI 110/310) -- 4 credits (must enroll every semester in the program)
  • Minor ensemble (MUSI 107/307) -- 2 credits
  • MUSI 150 Concert/Recital Class -- 0 credits (must pass eight semesters and must enroll every semester in the program)
  • Pass piano proficiency exam prior to student teaching

Teacher Education Coursework

General Education courses required (39 credits required):

Knowledge Categories: Humanities (9 credits required):

  • World Language, Culture, and Philosophy (3 credits required):
    Must choose MUSI 161 Music and World Culture (3 credits)
  • Fine and Applied Arts (6 credits required):
    Art History, Criticism, and Appreciation (3 credits). Must choose either Art 222 Art History (4 credits) OR Comm 122 Theatre Appreciation (3 credits)

Teacher Education required courses (30 credits required):

Introduction to Education -- 3.00 credits
Human Development -- 3.00 credits
Multicultural Education -- 3.00 credits
Theories of Student Learning -- 3.00 credits
Student Teaching in Special Areas-Early Childhood-Adolescence (4-18) -- 4.00 - 18.00 credits
Content Area Literacy -- 3.00 credits
Principles and Practices of Inclusive Teaching -- 3.00 credits

Music Education: Instrumental/General (B.M.E.) Top of Page

135 total credits required (including general education)

Music required courses (69 credits minimum):

Ear Training I -- 1.00 credits
Ear Training II -- 1.00 credits
Theory I -- 3.00 credits
Theory II -- 3.00 credits
Ear Training III -- 1.00 credits
Ear Training IV -- 1.00 credits
Theory III -- 3.00 credits
Theory IV -- 3.00 credits
Orchestration -- 2.00 credits
Music History I -- 2.00 credits
Music History II -- 3.00 credits
Music History III -- 3.00 credits
Music Technology -- 1.00 credits
Introduction to Music Education -- 1.00 credits
Music and World Culture -- 3.00 credits
Vocal Techniques -- 1.00 credits
Woodwind Techniques -- 1.00 credits
Percussion Techniques -- 1.00 credits
Brass Techniques -- 1.00 credits
String Techniques -- 1.00 credits
Marching Band Techniques -- 1.00 credits
Jazz Band Techniques -- 1.00 credits
Conducting I -- 2.00 credits
Conducting II -- 2.00 credits
Half Recital -- 1.00 credits
Elementary General Music Methods -- 2.00 credits
Instrumental Methods -- 2.00 credits
Secondary General Music Methods -- 2.00 credits
Secondary Band and Orchestra Literature -- 2.00 credits

  • Applied Major --12 credits (must enroll every semester in the program and must include 4 credits above the 300 level)
  • Applied Minor -- 2 credits (two semesters of 1 credit each must be taken on an instrument outside the student's major instrument family--the only exception is string majors who may select another stringed instrument)
  • Major ensemble (MUSI 112/312 OR MUSI 114/314) -- 4 credits (must enroll every semester in the program using their primary instrument)
  • Minor ensemble (MUSI 104, 105, 106, 108, 115) -- 0 credits (must enroll two semesters and use primary instrument)
  • MUSI 150 Concert/Recital Class -- 0 credits (must pass eight semesters and must enroll every semester in the program)
  • Pass piano proficiency exam prior to student teaching

Teacher Education Coursework

General Education courses required (39 credits required):

Knowledge Categories: Humanities (9 credits required):

  • World Language, Culture, and Philosophy (3 credits required):
    Must choose MUSI 161 Music and World Culture (3 credits)
  • Fine and Applied Arts (6 credits required):
    Art History, Criticism, and Appreciation (3 credits)Must choose either Art 222 Art History (4 credits) OR Comm 122 Theatre Appreciation (3 credits)

Teacher Education required courses (30 credits required):

Introduction to Education -- 3.00 credits
Human Development -- 3.00 credits
Multicultural Education -- 3.00 credits
Theories of Student Learning -- 3.00 credits
Student Teaching in Special Areas-Early Childhood-Adolescence (4-18) -- 4.00 - 18.00 credits
Principles and Practices of Inclusive Teaching -- 3.00 credits
Content Area Literacy -- 3.00 credits

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 Performance: Instrumental (B.M.) Top of Page

120 total credits required (including general education courses)

Music required courses (72-78 credits minimum):

Music and World Culture -- 3.00 credits
Ear Training I -- 1.00 credits
Ear Training II -- 1.00 credits
Theory I -- 3.00 credits
Theory II -- 3.00 credits
Ear Training III -- 1.00 credits
Ear Training IV -- 1.00 credits
Theory III -- 3.00 credits
Theory IV -- 3.00 credits
Counterpoint -- 2.00 credits
Music History I -- 2.00 credits
Music History II -- 3.00 credits
Music History III -- 3.00 credits
Music Technology -- 1.00 credits
Orchestration -- 2.00 credits
Conducting I -- 2.00 credits

Choose two credits from the following:

Composition -- 1.00 credits

OR

Jazz Improvisation -- 1.00 credits

  • Applied Major -- 24-30 credits (6 credits per semester upon acceptance as performance major; 16 credits must be at the 400 level. Must enroll every semester in program)
  • Major Ensemble (MUSI 112/312 OR MUSI 114/314) -- 4 credits ( must enroll every semester in the program)
  • Minor Ensemble (MUSI 104-106, 108, 109, 111, 115)-- 2 credits
  • Repertory/Pedagogy (MUSI 351 or 352 or 355 or 357) -- 1 credit

Half Recital -- 1.00 credits
Full Recital -- 2.00 credits
Concert/Recital Class -- 0.00 credits

Note: MUSI 150 must pass eight semesters and must enroll every semester in the program

Pass piano proficiency exam one semester prior to graduation

Music Performance: Keyboard (B.M.) Top of Page

120 total credits required (including general education courses)

Music required courses (72-78 credits minimum):

Music and World Culture -- 3.00 credits
Ear Training I -- 1.00 credits
Ear Training II -- 1.00 credits
Theory I -- 3.00 credits
Theory II -- 3.00 credits
Ear Training III -- 1.00 credits
Ear Training IV -- 1.00 credits
Theory III -- 3.00 credits
Theory IV -- 3.00 credits
Counterpoint -- 2.00 credits
Music History I -- 2.00 credits
Music History II -- 3.00 credits
Music History III -- 3.00 credits
Music Technology -- 1.00 credits
Conducting I -- 2.00 credits

  • Applied Major -- 24-30 credits (4 credits per semester upon acceptance as performance major; 16 credits must be at the 400 level and must enroll every semester in program)
  • Applied Minor (MUSI 136 or 137) -- 2 credits (two semesters at 1 credit each)
  • Major Ensemble (MUSI 110/310, 112/312, OR MUSI 114/314) -- 6 credits ( must enroll every semester in the program)
  • Minor Ensemble (Pianists: MUSI 113/313 OR 115/315; Organists: 107/307) -- 1 credit

Keyboard Accompanying -- 1.00 credits
Keyboard Accompanying -- 1.00 credits
-- 2 credits (two semesters at 1 credit each)

Piano Repertory -- 1.00 credits
Piano Repertory -- 1.00 credits
-- 4 credits (four semesters at 1 credit each)

Or

Organ Repertory/Pedagogy -- 1.00 credits
Organ Repertory/Pedagogy -- 1.00 credits
-- 2 credits (two semesters at 1 credit each)

Piano performance only

Piano Pedagogy -- 2.00 credits
Piano Technology -- 1.00 credits
Half Recital -- 1.00 credits
Full Recital -- 2.00 credits
Concert/Recital Class -- 0.00 credits
-- o credits Note: MUSI 150 must pass eight semesters and must enroll every semester in the program

Music Performance: Voice (B.M.) Top of Page

120 total credits required (including general education courses)

Music required courses (81-87 credits minimum):

Music and World Culture -- 3.00 credits
English and Italian Diction -- 1.00 credits
French and German Diction -- 1.00 credits
Ear Training I -- 1.00 credits
Ear Training II -- 1.00 credits
Theory I -- 3.00 credits
Theory II -- 3.00 credits
Ear Training III -- 1.00 credits
Ear Training IV -- 1.00 credits
Theory III -- 3.00 credits
Theory IV -- 3.00 credits
Counterpoint -- 2.00 credits
Music History I -- 2.00 credits
Music History II -- 3.00 credits
Music History III -- 3.00 credits
Music Technology -- 1.00 credits
Vocal Pedagogy -- 2.00 credits
Vocal Repertory -- 1.00 credits
Conducting I -- 2.00 credits

  • Applied Major -- 24-30 credits (Four credits per semester upon acceptance as performance major; minimum of 16 credits of MUSI 439 and must enroll every semester in program)
  • Major Ensemble (MUSI 110/310) -- 6 credits (must enroll every semester in program)
  • Minor Ensemble (MUSI 317 OR MUSI 307 -- 2 credits (one credit MUST be MUSI 317)

Half Recital -- 1.00 credits
Full Recital -- 2.00 credits
Concert/Recital Class -- 0.00 credits

Note: MUSI 150 must pass eight semesters and must enroll every semester in program

Pass piano proficiency exam one semester prior to graduation

Additional requirements:

SPAN/GERM/FREN - Foreign Language - 6 credits

Beginning Acting for Theatre -- 3.00 credits

Music (B.A) Top of Page

The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree allows you to learn about music within the context of a broad liberal arts education.  Please not that the Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Music requires a minor.

120 total credits required (including general education courses)

Music required courses (46 credits minimum):

Music and World Culture -- 3.00 credits
Ear Training I -- 1.00 credits
Ear Training II -- 1.00 credits
Theory I -- 3.00 credits
Theory II -- 3.00 credits
Ear Training III -- 1.00 credits
Ear Training IV -- 1.00 credits
Theory III -- 3.00 credits
Theory IV -- 3.00 credits
Music History I -- 2.00 credits
Music History II -- 3.00 credits
Music History III -- 3.00 credits
Music Technology -- 1.00 credits
Music Capstone Experience -- 0.00 credits

Choose two credits from the following:

Jazz Improvisation -- 1.00 credits
 
Composition -- 1.00 credits
Counterpoint -- 2.00 credits
Orchestration -- 2.00 credits
Conducting I -- 2.00 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

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

  • FNS/FREN/GERM/SPAN language courses

Note: The Bachelor of Arts Degree Major requires a minor.

 

Music Minor Requirements Top of Page

22 total credits required

Music courses required (22 credits minimum):

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

Major Ensemble--Four (4) credits at one credit each -- 4 credits

A Cappella Choir -- 0.00 - 1.00 credits
A Cappella Choir -- 0.00 - 1.00 credits
Symphonic Band -- 0.00 - 1.00 credits
Symphonic Band -- 0.00 - 1.00 credits
University Orchestra -- 0.00 - 1.00 credits
University Orchestra -- 0.00 - 1.00 credits

 

Concert/Recital Class -- 0.00 credits

NOTE: MUSI 150-Recital Class-(must pass four semesters) - 0 credit

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

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 Goals Top of Page

Music majors In all degree programs will demonstrate the following abilities:

  1. Students will develop ability to perform music at a high level of mastery in styles most characteristic of the repertory of their major instrument.
     
  2. Successfully participate and perform in music ensembles, demonstrating knowledge of the role of the conductor, composer, performer, and audience.
     
  3. Recognize and analyze the formal and theoretical elements of music both aurally and within the notated musical scores.
     
  4. Relate social, philosophical, technological and artistic developments to music in various time periods.
     
  5. Evaluate musical performances with insight into the performance practices of various genres

    Additionally, Bachelor of Music Education students will:
     
  6. Demonstrate the ability to plan and implement sequentially-ordered comprehensive curriculum and music instruction based on a personal philosophy and the physical, psychological and emotional development of children grades Pre-K-12, and in adherance to national and state standards, and local needs
     
  7. Demonstrate understanding in available materials, equipment, and computer technology and software for teaching in the schools
     
  8. Demonstrate knowledge of common approaches to music education practiced in Wisconsin and the United States
     
  9. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding in how to assess student learning in music
     
  10. Demonstrate proficiency levels on instruments that support the primary teaching area
     
  11. Conduct ensemble configurations common to particular degree programs (choral, instrumental, general) using techniques appropriate to musical forms and styles, demonstrating ability to analyze ensemble performances and assist performers of various age groups in achieving accurate and artistic interpretations of the music
     
  12. Demonstrate understanding in the organizational and administrative aspects of the school music program
  13. Demonstrate understanding in the organizational and administrative aspects of the school music program

     

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, 336, 337 436, 437 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 A Cappella 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 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

Freshmen

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 register for 300 level ensemble courses (MUSI 304-316) after either:

  1. Four (4) semesters at the 100 level, or
  2. Upon reaching Junior Status, whichever comes first.

Conditions

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.

Music Business Certificate Top of Page

The Music Business Certificate allows students majoring in music and minoring in business the unique opportunity to connect the two disciplines as preparation for a career in music business. To earn a Music Business Certificate, students will fulfill the requirements for a major in music and a minor in business as well as the following:

Attend two Music Business Workshops hosted by the Music Department and featuring professionals in the field.

Select three courses from the following electives (9 credits*):

Business Statistics -- 3.00 credits
Hospitality Management -- 3.00 credits
Event Management -- 3.00 credits
Public Relations -- 3.00 credits
Entrepreneurship -- 3.00 credits
International Business -- 3.00 credits
Retail Marketing -- 3.00 credits
Professional Selling and Sales Management -- 3.00 credits
Principles Of Finance -- 3.00 credits
Supply Chain Management -- 3.00 credits

Complete a business internship with a music business placement (3 credits)

Business Internship -- 2.00 - 7.00 credits

TOTAL CREDITS-12 credits

*6 of these 9 credits will also count towards the Business Minor