Music Education

Play. Sing. Conduct. Teach. Because it takes the most accomplished musicians to make the most inspiring music, our program prepares you for a career of distinction and leadership in the classroom. You’ll benefit from the expertise of our music and education faculty in this program, which is jointly administered by the two departments. You’ll receive extensive training in performance, conducting and analysis and you’ll have opportunities to direct university ensembles. You’ll also develop the skills needed to succeed as a teacher and spend a semester student teaching to hone your abilities as classroom leader.

NASM-Accredited Institution

Carroll University is now an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music

“The smaller class sizes create a close relationship with anyone you work with.”
— Alexis Punzel '21

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About the Music Education Major

Carroll University’s music education major builds on two Carroll strengths—a long history of excellence in the performing arts and an academically rigorous education program. Southeastern Wisconsin is home to a thriving musical arts scene and our faculty members, from department heads to adjunct instructors, have extensive professional experience.

The music education major meets all of the Wisconsin Department of Public Education requirements for K-12 teacher certification. As a student in the program, you’ll specialize in one or more areas: instrumental, choral or general.

The central philosophy of the music education major is that to be effective, music teachers must first become accomplished musicians themselves, capable of performing, conducting and analyzing at a sophisticated level. As a music major, you’ll take weekly private lessons on your principle instrument or voice from highly skilled professional musicians.

On campus, Carroll boasts a number of music ensembles, and every music major participates in one or more ensembles every semester. Many of our students play in more than one, and frequent collaborations between ensembles foster a spirit of cooperation and a shared love of music. In addition, these ensembles offer opportunities for national and even international travel possibilities. Both the Wind Symphony and the Concert Choir take regular tours and have visited Denver, New Orleans, Washington, D.C. and New York, as well as Europe.

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Music Education Emphases

To meet the Wisconsin Department of Public Education requirements for K-12 teacher certification, music education majors are required to specialize their study through one of the following emphases:

Additional Music Majors

Carroll University offers two additional majors within the music program.

Student Teaching

We help you build your skills as a music educator through immersive field experiences and student teaching placements. Each student will complete two of each prior to graduation from the program. 


College is a big investment in a bright future. Learn more about the rewarding careers our majors pursue, and the workplaces and experiences of the alumni from our program. See where yours may take you.

Latest Program News

Alumni Virtual Choir

Alumni share talents in virtual events


Carroll launched a series of virtual classes and performances to connect with alumni and friends during the 2020 pandemic lockdown. Audiences have responded well and the university's alumni team is looking for others interested in sharing their skills and talents.

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75 Alumni Perform Choir Classic from Home


On Easter, Carroll University released a video of 75 Pioneers from across the country singing “Children of the Heavenly Father.” The piece, which was recorded during this month’s Safer at Home initiative, has been sung by generations of choir alumni at Carroll and was led by Professor Emeritus of Music Dr. Mark Aamot.

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“My education field experience is a great opportunity. I love it so far.”
— Mark Wampfler '19

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Meet the Faculty

Darrell Brown

Darrell Brown

Lecturer/Director of Instrumental Music
Dr. Patrick Dill

Dr. Patrick Dill

Director of Choral Activities
Tamra Fricke

Tamra Fricke

Clinical Assistant Professor/Director of Music Therapy
Joel Matthys

Joel Matthys

Assistant Professor of Music

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