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One of the University's most viable, visible, and valued disciplinary units, the Music Department offers performance and enrichment opportunities for all students. Our 2014-2015 music curriculum celebrates the opening of a new and unique music education licensure program with a strong P-12 clinical program. The music education program offers dual licensure with Instrumental/General and Choral/General certification. The curriculum is a competency-based program following national teaching standards from CAEP, DPI, and edTPA.

The Music Department is staffed by a faculty of highly qualified teaching performers who have concert experience and are active in teaching, service, research, and performance. Their specialties span all areas of undergraduate music study, and students can expect to receive excellent training in the applied and academic branches of music. The music faculty maintains high professional standards in the education and training of its students.

At the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, students enjoy the full academic and musical challenge of a larger institution while retaining the advantage of close student-faculty relationships. Large ensembles enroll more than 200 participants. Music major courses boast a very favorable teacher/student ratio, enrolling an average of a dozen or less music students. Relationships within the department are cordial and professors are accessible and easy to talk to. Students are able to make friends, maintain friendships, and have fun informally in organizations like the Parkside music club "The Beat" (their concert student-run performances include: Backyard Bash, Halloween Show, Coverfest, Original Music Fest (OMF), Spring Variety Show, Battle of the Bands, and Open Mic Nights.) 

The Rita – Regional Center for the Arts and Humanities, was completed in the spring of 2011, and it houses the new music "wing". This part of the building houses state-of-the-art music classrooms, large rehearsal rooms, offices, studios, performance library, technology lab, recording booth, storage spaces, student lockers, and the acoustically perfect Bedford Concert Hall with 340 seats. 

I am looking forward to meeting you here as a student, community member, or as an avid concert supporter.   

Warmly,

Alvaro Garcia, Music Department Chair

900 Wood Road · P.O. Box 2000 · Kenosha, WI 53141-2000 P 262-595-2345

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