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Music Advising Information

Music Major Entrance Requirements: The student must complete one year of full-time study (24 credits minimum) or 32 credits as a part-time student. In addition, a student interested in a Music major must have successfully completed MUS 110, 111, 210, and 211. There are also requirements for lessons, ensemble participation, sophomore juries, minimum GPA (2.75) in MUS courses, and demonstration of skills and potential. Transfer students interested in this major is strongly encouraged to meet with faculty prior to the declaration process.



  • General Advising Information: PDF documents specific to this program are provided below. The full course catalog, policies, textbook information, and other resources are available from the Office of the Registrar.

    For additional advising information, contact your academic advisor or visit the advising page on myWLC (log-in required). Course offerings are subject to change due to staffing, curriculum changes, or course enrollment numbers.

  • Music Academic Emphases

    Students who pursue a major in music can select from six academic tracks.

    • The music education track, either in choral or instrumental music, is designed to equip, develop, and certify candidates for teaching general music (grades K-12) and choral music (grades 6-12) or instrumental music (grades K-12) programs in Wisconsin public school systems.
    • The church music track equips students with the skills and knowledge useful for serving as a church musician.
    • The music history/literature track provides the student with a historical understanding of music while expanding the student's repertoire.
    • The music theory/composition track stimulates creative composition and arrangement through intensive analysis of scores and original composition.
    • The music performance track, either in vocal, keyboard, or instrumental, is designed to give students the opportunity to pursue the highest standards of artistry and professionalism of performance and instruction on their chosen instrument or voice.
    • The piano pedagogy track is designed to prepare students to teach piano at the pre-college level, to students of all ages.

    All emphases can prepare students for graduate studies in the respective fields.


    Students majoring in music should be aware of the requirements for proficiency tests, recital and concert performance and attendance, juried performance finals, and the junior/senior recitals. See the Music Student Handbook for details.


    Students who intend to major in music must take lessons on their major instrument at the beginning and intermediate level each semester they are on campus. The student will pay according to the fee schedule for each semester of applied lessons taken prior to a student declaring music as a major. The cost of music lessons that are required for the major (this may include 1-2 half hour lessons or an hour lesson, depending on the emphasis chosen by the student) will be waived for majors beginning the first semester after they have declared such a major (as early as the first semester sophomore year). The Registrar will provide the Business Office with a list of declared music majors prior to each billing cycle (July and December). Any student taking a music lesson(s) who is on the list will receive a credit for the music lesson(s) charge if the lesson(s) is (are) necessary to complete the major requirements (as demonstrated on the degree audit maintained by the Registrar's Office). If a music major student changes majors, but continues taking lessons, the student will begin paying for lessons at the current per-credit tuition charge beginning the first semester following such a change. Music minors will no longer have their lesson fees waived, beginning with the fall 2000 entering class.


    Choral Ensembles

    Wisconsin Lutheran Choir

    Wisconsin Lutheran Chamber Choir

    Chapel Choir
    A non-auditioned women's choir that performs in two campus concerts each year, as well as in the WLC chapel services. Chapel Choir, conducted by Prof. Carolyn Fons, rehearses two hours each week.

    Instrumental Ensembles

    Wisconsin Lutheran College Concert Band

    Wisconsin Lutheran College Jazz Band

    Chamber Ensemble
    The Chamber Ensemble is made up of string players and an occasional pianist. The group meets two hours each week while performing outstanding chamber music. The Chamber Ensemble performs on campus and for community functions. Students receive one credit per semester for their participation.

    Clarinet Ensemble
    The membership of the Clarinet Ensemble is made up of Bb, soprano and bass clarinetists. The group rehearses two hours each week and students receive one credit per semester for their participation. The ensemble performs musical literature ranging from ragtime to the classical repertoire on campus and for off campus functions.

    Flute Choir
    Students who perform in the Flute Choir will play flute, alto flute and bass flute while learning a wide variety of flute literature. The students who participate receive one credit while rehearsing two hours each week. The Flute Choir performs on campus and for off campus events.

    Percussion Ensemble
    The Percussion Ensemble performs on campus and at various off campus venues. At times the ensemble joins forces with another off campus percussion organization to perform symphonic percussion ensemble literature. Students receive one credit for their participation. The group rehearses two hours each week.

    Saxophone Ensemble
    The membership of the Saxophone Ensemble is made up of soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones. The group rehearses two hours each week, and students receive one credit per semester for their participation. The ensemble performs a wide variety of musical literature composed or arranged for saxophone ensemble on campus and for off campus functions.

    Tower Ringers Handbell Ensemble
    The Tower Ringers handbell ensemble rehearses two hours per week and is directed by Prof. Craig Hirschmann. The group participates in services for WLC chapel and local congregations, performs in concert each semester and attends the annual WELS Handbell Festival. Placement by director, but previous handbell experience is not necessary.

    Wisconsin Lutheran College has had additional ensembles in years past. Different groups can be created when the interest arises, giving students an opportunity to be even more involved musically.


    The Golden Lyre Award recipients demonstrate superior dedication to the pursuit of understanding, learning, and performing music.

    The Fanfare Award recipients demonstrate superior musical talent and contributions to the music department in the area of instrumental music.

    The Cantabile Award recipients demonstrate leadership and excellence in the Wisconsin Lutheran Choir.