Continuing Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison
Department of Liberal Studies and the Arts
The School of Music has a unique resource in its extensive continuing education and professional development program, which is a part of the University of Wisconsin Extension. Continuing Studies provides the highest quality instruction and innovative programming, meeting the changing needs of music professionals, educators and enthusiasts.
For more than 40 years, UW-Madison has offered a wide variety of summer programs for music educators, private teachers, performers, and conductors, taught by acclaimed artist-teachers. These programs provide opportunities for continuing education or avocational pursuits. University credit and CEUs are available.
Musicians, scholars, and enthusiasts from around the country gather for a week in July to enjoy, discuss, and perform music composed before 1750. The festival presents classes, lectures, and performing opportunities for everyone from the novice to the expert, and six public concerts featuring world-renowned artists-in-residence, faculty, and students. University credit and CEUs are available for workshop participants.
Study music in the Madison area through noncredit classes and workshops during the fall and spring semesters. We offer a large array of classes, including music appreciation, fundamentals, composition, music business, early music, performance ensembles, and beginning and intermediate classes in piano, voice, guitar, mandolin, dulcimer, and Celtic and other ethnic instrument and vocal traditions.
Enjoy the security and camaraderie of a group combined with the freedom of a self-designed schedule of activities. This two-week summer program is for those who want a visual and/or performing arts study experience in a major European city, and features a flexible individualized format so that participants may pursue a curriculum and schedule that will meet their particular needs and desires. University of Wisconsin credit is available with special assignments designed for educational settings, and CEUs are available for non-credit participants.
Clinics on Cassettes is a comprehensive set of instructional videos for use in the music classroom, the studio, or self-directed learning. Renowned artist/teachers share their expertise in strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion, keyboard, jazz, general music, and ensemble development. Tapes are available individually. Select titles are available on DVD.
We now offer noncredit courses that can be taken entirely via e-mail or the Internet. Like all independent study programs, you can enroll for Celtic Music: Regional Cultures and Modern Success
, Music Theory: Create Your Own Course
or Create Your Own Music
Enjoy the flexibility and convenience of studying at home on your own schedule. Receive detailed professional feedback through mail-in assignments. Music theory, music history, appreciation, jazz studies, and world music courses are offered for credit and CEUs. Courses for high school credit are also available.
An extensive music program including choral, folk singing, instrumental lessons, and music appreciation is held every summer in the north woods of Rhinelander, Wisconsin. A special curriculum (Learning Through the Arts) is offered for educators (academic credit available).