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Music Education

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Program description

Music Education

The Department of Music offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs which combine scholarship with performance, theory with practice and the academic with the creative. It also provides an opportunity for the study and performance of music by university students who are not majors in music. By giving concerts, workshops and lectures throughout the state of Wyoming through the Fine Arts Outreach Program, the music department serves as a musical resource for the entire state. The music department is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

The music department Student Handbook and the University Catalog are binding documents for the degree programs listed below. Students must receive a “C” or better in all courses designated MUSC to satisfy department requirements. The foreign language requirement for the Bachelor of Music in Performance Vocal Emphasis degrees may be satisfied with a “C” or better in all courses. A student’s transfer courses must meet all of these requirements to be accepted for credit.

An audition is required to become a Music major or minor. The 3 Steps to Becoming a Music Major are:

  1. Apply for admission to the University of Wyoming
  2. Audition for admittance as a Music major and for Music scholarships. Audition and scholarship information may be found at university website. All Music majors and minors MUST audition to be admitted to the Music program.
  3. Perform at an acceptable level, and you are in!

Admission requirements

Program Specific Admission Requirements

In addition to the minimum requirements set forth in this Catalog, the Department of Music requires that applicants for graduate programs submit supplementary documentation of their preparation for advanced study in music.

Those interested in graduate study in music are encouraged to contact the Graduate Studies Coordinator for the Department of Music, Dr. Katrina Zook, or the Area Coordinator for each instrument or voice cited on the Department of Music website.

In order to apply, please submit the following via the University of Wyoming's online application system :

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • The Graduate Teaching Assistantship application
  • Academic transcripts

A minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.000 is required. The GRE is not required for admission consideration.

All accepted graduate students in the Mast of Music (MM) or Master of Music Education (MME) programs will take the Graduate Entrance Examinations in music history and music theory prior to matriculation. If a student does not pass one or more sections, they must take an online refresher course prior to undertaking advanced coursework.

International applicants who are not native English speakers must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores (TOEFL minimum = 76, IELTS minimum = 6.0). If an international applicant wishes to be considered for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship, the applicant should also submit the results of an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI). Please contact the UW English Language Center if you have questions regarding the OPI.

Applicants for the MM program should also request an audition and apply for music scholarship consideration via the Audition and Scholarships link found on the Graduate page of the Department of Music website. Applicants for the MME program should send their supporting documents (video of teaching/rehearsing, statement of music education philosophy, writing sample) directly to Dr. Crystal Sieger, Music Education Coordinator.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

  • Introduction to Music
  • Historical Perspectives in Music I
  • Music Fundamentals
  • Introduction to Music Education
  • Written Theory I & II
  • Aural Theory I & II
  • Collaborative Piano I
  • Elementary Class Piano I & II
  • Public School Methods: Brass I
  • Publich School Tech: Brass
  • Public School Music Methods: Brass II
  • Public School Methods: Percussion I
  • Public School Tech: Percussion
  • Public School Methods: Percussion II
  • Public School Methods: Strings I
  • Public School Tech: Strings
  • Public School Methods: Strings II
  • Public School Methods: Voice
  • Public School Methods: Woodwinds I
  • Public School Tech: Woodwinds
  • Public School Methods: Woodwinds II
  • Public School Methods: Guitar
  • Marching Band
  • Symphonic Band
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Collegiate Chorale
  • The UW Singing Statesmen I
  • Happy Jacks I
  • Vocal Jazz I
  • Bel Canto Women's Chorus
  • Laramie Civic Chorus I
  • Opera Theatre
  • Symphony Orchestra I
  • Chamber Orchestra I
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Brass Ensemble
  • Woodwind Ensemble
  • Chamber Music I
  • Baroque Ensemble I
  • Written Theory III & IV
  • Aural Theory III & IV
  • Historical Perspectives in Music II & III
  • Elementary Class Piano III & IV
  • Diction for Singers I
  • Diction for Singers II
  • Introduction to the Music of the World's Peoples
  • Jazz Theory and Improvisation II
  • Sophomore Qualifying Performance Jury
  • Music Education Proficiency Review
  • Collaborative Piano II
  • Teaching Violin to Children I
  • Teaching Violin to Children II
  • Wind Ensemble II
  • World Music Ensemble
  • Jazz Ensemble II
  • Collegiate Chorale II
  • UW Singing Statesmen II
  • Happy Jacks II
  • Vocal Jazz II
  • Bel Canto Women's Chorus II
  • Laramie Civic Chorus II
  • Symphony Orchestra II
  • Chamber Orchestra II
  • Percussion Ensemble II
  • Brass Ensemble II
  • Woodwind Ensemble II
  • Chamber Music II
  • Piano Ensemble II
  • Junior Recital
  • Jazz Theory and Improvisation III
  • Jazz Theory and Improvisation IV
  • Composition
  • Advanced Studies in World Music
  • Applied Composition Lessons
  • Conducting
  • Senior Music Education Recital
  • Elementary and Secondary Methods: Practicum
  • Elementary and Secondary Music Teaching Methods
  • Choral Arranging
  • America's Ethnic Music
  • The Baroque Period
  • The Classical Period
  • The Romantic Period
  • Contemporary Period
  • History and Literature of Jazz
  • Jazz Techniques
  • Vocal Literature
  • Elem General Music Methods
  • Choral Music Methods
  • Instrumental Music Methods
  • History of Rock and Roll
  • Directed Independent Study-Undergraduate
  • Brass Instruments
  • Organ
  • Piano
  • Voice
  • Senior Recital
  • Vocal Pedagogy
  • Instrumental Pedagogy
  • Practicum in Music Education
  • Piano Pedagogy
  • Keyboard Literature
  • String Solo Literature
  • Chamber Music Literature
  • Elementary Student Teaching in Music
  • Elementary Music Ed Practicum
  • Secondary Student Teaching in Music
  • Secondary Music Ed Practicum
  • Marching Band Techniques
  • Instrumental Conducting and Repertory
  • Choral Conducting and Repertory
  • Mentoring the Pre-Service Music Educator
  • Advanced Theory I
  • Baritone Horn V
  • Bassoon V
  • Cello V
  • Clarinet V
  • Double Bass V
  • Flute V
  • French Horn V
  • Guitar V
  • Harp V
  • Oboe V
  • Organ V
  • Percussion V
  • Piano V
  • Saxophone V
  • Trombone V
  • Trumpet V
  • Tuba V
  • Violin V
  • Viola V
  • Voice V
  • Music Research Methods
  • Advanced Instruction in String Teaching I
  • Advanced Seminar
  • Advanced Instruction in String Teaching II
  • Advanced Composition
  • Advanced Analysis
  • Pedagogy of Theory
  • Advanced Choral Conducting
  • Advanced Instrumental Conducting
  • Performance Practice and Interpretation
  • Independent Study and Research
  • History of Musical Instruments
  • Baritone Horn VI
  • Bassoon VI
  • Cello VI
  • Clarinet VI
  • Double Bass VI
  • Flute VI
  • Guitar VI
  • Harp VI
  • French Horn VI
  • Oboe VI
  • Organ VI
  • Percussion VI
  • Piano VI
  • Saxophone VI
  • Capstone
  • Trombone VI
  • Trumpet VI
  • Tuba VI
  • Violin VI
  • Viola VI
  • Voice VI
  • Graduate Recital
  • Advanced Teaching Methods - Brass
  • Advanced Teaching Methods - String
  • Advanced Teaching Methods - Woodwind
  • Musical Supervision: Choral
  • Musical Supervision: Instruments
  • Music Education Seminar
  • Wind Ensemble III
  • Jazz Ensemble III
  • Collegiate Chorale III
  • The UW Singing Statesmen III
  • Happy Jacks III
  • Vocal Jazz III
  • Bel Canto Women's Chorus III
  • Laramie Civic Chorus III
  • Symphony Orchestra III
  • Chamber Orchestra III
  • Brass Ensemble III
  • Woodwind Ensemble III
  • Chamber Music III
  • Collaborative Piano III
  • Continuing Registration: On Campus
  • Continuing Registration: Off Campus
  • Enrichment Studies
  • Thesis Research
  • Plan B Paper/Plan B Lecture-Recital
  • Internship


Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate the advanced musical and pedagogical knowledge and research/writing skills necessary to enhance their teaching abilities in a P-16 vocal and/or instrumental teaching position.
  2. Students will demonstrate the advanced musical and pedagogical knowledge and research/writing/and communication skills necessary to solve contemporary music problems.

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