Music Education: K-12 Instrumental

Department: Education, Music
Delivery Method: On-Campus
Type: Major

If you’re someone who loves music and music teachers have impacted your life, you could make a difference in the lives of aspiring young musicians. UW-Superior’s music and education departments have a longstanding reputation for training highly qualified music educators. Nearly 100 percent of our music education alumni find jobs directly following graduation.

UW-Superior offers two K-12 music education programs: instrumental and choral. With a music education Instrumental major, you will earn a Bachelor of Music Education degree. This degree plan includes a semester of student teaching and leads to a K-12 Wisconsin Music Teaching License. Though this track is instrumental education focused, students will also be trained as educators in general music and choral settings.

In addition to opportunities in K-12 music classrooms throughout your coursework, you will complete a full semester of student teaching at the end of your degree and licensure program. Our Field Experience Coordinator will help you find placements that fit your individual needs and goals.

Visit the Music Department website for audition information, performance opportunities and more.


Nationally Accredited

UW-Superior’s music program is the most affordable in the area and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.



Our programs are designed to align with Wisconsin state licensure requirements. However, many students apply for licenses in other states, such as Minnesota and Michigan. We encourage you to check with your state’s Department of Education to determine if there are additional requirements.

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Scholarship Audition

Students interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Music Education degree at UW-Superior will audition on their instrument (or voice). Numerous music scholarships are available for qualified students.

What You’ll Learn

Through a major in music education at UW-Superior, you will:

  • Perform in advanced musical ensembles and study music theory, history, and conducting
  • Receive one-on-one lessons and learn advanced performance and teaching techniques on your instrument or voice
  • Perform a wide variety of music on your major instrument or voice culminating in a solo recital
  • Learn advanced teaching techniques while gaining invaluable student teaching and experiential learning opportunities with young musicians
  • Guest conduct musical ensembles
  • Participate in international tours, which are offered every two years
  • Enjoy outstanding music facilities that include an auditorium, recital hall, a music technology lab, and more than 20 practice rooms

Music is my passion, and I am so grateful to now be sharing it as a music teacher. As a student at UW-Superior, I had many wonderful opportunities, such as traveling to Poland with the UW-Superior Choirs, and collaborating with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra and chorus.

Kristiina Thums,
Music Education-Instrumental

UW-Superior is a family, a second home to me, and I am so grateful for all my friends and the faculty for making me feel so welcome. The Music Department is one of the best in the Midwest! I have grown so much musically – sometimes can’t believe how much progress I’ve made.

Jon Weber,
Music Education-Instrumental

Program Outcomes/Career Opportunities

A major in music education: K-12 instrumental will prepare you for a career as a:

  • Band director
  • Orchestra director
  • General music teacher
  • Choir director
  • Private music instructor

Licensure for Degree Holders

If you currently hold a degree and are interested in teaching, UW-Superior offers licensure programs that apply your coursework.

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