Music In Performance

Music In Performance
Music 113: Music in Performance is a music appreciation course designed for non-music majors. Each class features performances of traditional classical music, musical theater, or jazz, with occasional lectures by music academic faculty. Performing artists include School of Music faculty, graduate students, and visiting artists who present musical programs and discuss the composers and the music from the performer’s perspective. The material presented in the course is designed for those with limited musical training. Students enrolled in and completing the course earn one elective credit in Humanities, and this credit counts toward L&S breadth requirements. The course may be taken three times for credit (totaling three credits).

A Brief History of “Music in Performance”

In 1939 the University of Wisconsin hired distinguished Danish pianist Gunnar Johansen as artist-in-residence, a position which included performance, teaching, and eventually the establishment of a course designed to initiate undergraduate students with little or no musical background into the world of classical musical by providing live performances by himself, faculty colleagues, and guests each week. One year later, when the Pro Arte Quartet became resident artists at UW, the ensemble became regular performers and collaborators with Gunnar in the Music in Performance class. During Gunnar’s tenure (1939-1976) the course became much more than “clap for credit” (as many of the students tabbed it). Gunnar would often get into hotly debated issues with members of the quartet (particularly first violinist Rudolf Kolisch) ranging from world peace to the form of a Beethoven sonata and the debates and performances were lively and entertaining (as was the music).
By conservative estimates, at least 80,000 students have taken this course since its inception, and many students have not only been introduced to classical music but have gone on to become avid concertgoers and patrons, much more than what they had expected when they signed up to “clap for credit.”

MIP: Music in Performance (660-113) Descriptive lectures on chamber music with live performances by instructor, faculty and guests.
1 credit

Instructors: Professors Tom Curry (Mondays and Wednesdays) and Marc Vallon (Fridays).

How to Register:

Current UW undergraduate students (not open to music majors)

  • Sections 001, 002 and 003 are for Undergraduate students.
  • Use MyUW Student Center (accessible via this page) to drop/add through the regular add period.
  • MIP is repeatable to a maximum of 3 completions for degree credit.

Contact: Tom Curry. Email: