If music be the food of love, play on! The greatest playwright of all time knew the significance of music to the human story.
Today, we understand the deeper value of music. The talents of musicians are used in countless ways, from entertaining an audience with a live performance to invoking emotion in film and other media. Music is positively therapeutic, and accomplished musicians are vital and needed in all areas of the profession.
Members of the Parkside music faculty know the thrill of live performances. They are experienced performers, teachers, and researchers and are dedicated to helping you explore your love of music and discovering the best career path.
Whether your passion is singing, playing an orchestral string instrument, band instrument, classical guitar, or jazz, there's an ensemble for you. As a music student (full and part time) you will become a member of an ensemble, where you'll benefit from growth and creativity sparked by playing with your peers, led by professionals.
Learn more about the Music Department at Parkside.
You'll graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Music with any of the following concentrations. Whichever concentration you choose, you can count on personal and individualized attention by dedicated, first-class educators who are also first-class musicians.
Gain real-world experience through teaching in a variety of settings - our music education graduates get hired! Be part of a community of music educator-performers through participating in ensembles, joining the National Association for Music Education Collegiate Chapter, and participating in state conferences. Learn contemporary approaches to music teaching and learning to best connect with your future students.
Jazz Week: 5 nights of performances and masterclasses featuring internationally recognized Jazz artists! Perform at off-campus events–for pay! Features an in-depth curriculum focusing on the development of the skills required to launch a successful career in today's musical market.
CONTEMPORARY COMMERCIAL MUSIC
Contemporary Commercial Music
Attend one of the only Contemporary Commercial Music programs offered in the country. Immerse in pedagogically-sound training and demonstrate sound engineering competencies. Perform contemporary styles that prepare for a modern musical career.
Study repertoire that prepares you for graduate studies and entry into a performing career. Learn pedagogically sound techniques from dedicated teaching artists. Perform two required solo recitals and participate in varied ensemble experiences in beautiful, state-of-the-art facilities.
EXCLUSIVE MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS
covering up to 100% of in-state tuition!
Music students have access to some of UW-Parkside’s best scholarships, including some renewable up to four years!
Scholarships are available to music majors, minors, and ensemble members. The Music Department makes scholarship awards in amounts that are competitive, allowing you to focus on what you love most: making music.
Your first step to qualifying for a scholarship is being admitted to Parkside.
Program Entry Auditions
Auditions are required for entry into the Music major and minor. The Music Department is inviting prospective Music majors (and minors) to submit video auditions. Students who would prefer to audition live, in-person on the UW-Parkside campus may do so.
You'll gain valuable experience as a music major by playing alongside your peers with expert guidance by acclaimed faculty.
Learning in Action
As a music major at Parkside, you'll benefit from:
- Personal and individual attention by a faculty of dedicated, first-class musicians and educators
- Career oriented curriculum
- Unique Music Education Program (all courses in music)
- Performance opportunities with over 60 concerts per academic year
- Professional experience by guest artists and master classes
- State of the art facilities
- Large ensembles open to all campus students
Careers after Parkside
Career opportunities for teaching music include instruction at the elementary, secondary, and university levels and independently with the opportunity to establish privately owned music studios. Many musicians who perform professionally can do so on a part-time basis opening up fields beyond teaching and performing.
Opportunities exist in many related areas such as music publishing, radio and television, arts management, recording engineering, and various other aspects of the music industry.
See what our students have to say.
Ami has performed soprano favorites and premieres in opera and musical theater with such venues as Skylight Opera Theatre, Ash Lawn Opera Festival, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, New York Japan Society, Operafestival di Roma, Dorian Opera Theater, Milwaukee Opera Theater, Theatre X, and locally with Music and More Concert Series, Belle Ensemble, Racine Symphony, Racine Theatre Guild, and Kenosha Symphony. Premieres have included works by composers Dr. Jorge Muniz, Ayesu Lartey, and Ruben Prieto. Former awards include those from Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition, Metropolitan Opera District Auditions, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Kenosha Symphony, and Milwaukee Civic Music Foundation. Ms. Bouterse's solo performances have been praised as producing "sweetness and gentility," "fully-realized character," "exquisite mastery of pitch and nuance," and "the clarity of Purcell’s melodies."
Under the direction of Prof. Bouterse since 2016, Parkside Range has been the flagship ensemble of the Contemporary Commercial Music - Voice program. The group has appeared at SoJam’s A Cappella Festival, the National A Cappella Convention, Tall Tales Music Festival, A Cappella University, and on Acaville Radio. The group has worked with professional clinicians and vocal bands such as Tony Huerta, Edge Effect, Six Appeal, Freedom’s Boombox, and Christopher Diaz.
Prof. Bouterse received voice and opera theater performance degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and Carnegie Mellon University respectively. In addition, Ami earned Level III Certification in Jeanne LoVetri’s <i>Somatic Voicework™</i>, which featured contemporary commercial music vocal pedagogical technique at Shenandoah University. On a recent sabbatical, Prof. Bouterse completed a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Emerson College for licensure as a speech language pathologist, which allowed her to specialize in habilitation and rehabilitation of vocal function, and learn effective teaching and learning strategies for motor planning, linguistic and cognitive skills required for singing.
His most recent recordings, Meeting Point (Relay Recordings) and Still Out To Lunch! (Enja Records) received 4 1/2 & 4 stars respectively from Down Beat Magazine and appeared on many “Best Recordings of 2014/5” lists including Down Beat, the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, NYC Jazz Record and Magnet magazine. Russ will be releasing a new recording by his “Headlands” Quartet in 2017.
Russ is also active as an educator/clinician, having taught at colleges and universities across the U.S. and Europe. He currently serves as Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Wisconsin Parkside where he won the university wide “Stella Gray” Teaching Excellence award in 2016 as well as the 2020 Research and Creative Activity Award.
Her university bands have been selected to perform at several College Band Directors National Association and National Association for Music Education conferences. She has also led high school band programs in Massachusetts, Illinois, and Minnesota. Rexroth has guest conducted district, regional, and all-state bands in several states, as well as the Valley Festival Brass, the U.S. Army Field Band, the United States Military Academy Band, the Colorado Intercollegiate Band, the U.S. Army Band, the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band, the Tactical Air Command Band, the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music Symphonic Band, the National Band Association-Wisconsin Chapter Intercollegiate Honor Band, the Virginia Symphony, and the St. Olaf Band. She has also been on the conducting faculty of the Hooked On Bands/New Horizons Band Camp in Door County, WI.
Rexroth did her studies in music education and conducting at St. Olaf College, Northwestern University, Indiana University, the Aspen Music School in Colorado, and the International Conductors Workshop in Zlin, Czech Republic. Her conducting teachers include Miles Johnson, Steven Amundson, John Paynter, Ray Cramer, David Effron, and Paul Vermel.
An advocate for new music, Rexroth has commissioned and conducted works from numerous composers, most recently Jodie Blackshaw, Tim Mahr, Ryan George, James Crowley, Daron Hagen and Anthony O’Toole. She has taught conducting workshops in Missouri, New Hampshire, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Massachusetts.
Rexroth enjoys collaborating with colleagues and guest artists, including Gaudette Brass, Ed Shaughnessy, JoAnn Falletta, Paul Vermel, Steven Bryant, David Bayles, Russ Johnson, Ami Bouterse, and Jana Batty. In addition to regular concerts, Rexroth’s bands have performed for numerous special occasions and guests, including Jane Goodall, Warren Burger, Lady Margaret Thatcher, and HRH Prince Charles.