Undergraduate Music Promotion and Industry

The curriculum for the music major is aligned with the standards for the National Association of Schools of Music and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The development of performing skills, critical thinking and music literacy are goals of each area of private and class instruction, music appreciation, music theory, music history and performing ensembles. 


Program Highlights

  • The diversity of our curricular choices is further enhanced by our location in Madison, WI, a community rich in outstanding art, popular, and ethnic music performances. The superb professional performers on our faculty are joined by some of the finest performers and guest artists in the area to ensure excellence in applied instruction for all instruments.  

  • The curriculum for the music major is aligned with the standards for the National Association of Schools of Music and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The development of performing skills, critical thinking and music literacy are goals of each area of private and class instruction, music appreciation, music theory, music history and performing ensembles. 


Career Outcomes

In America and around the globe, the music industry adds billions of dollars to the economy and employs an astonishing number of people. Within the last decade, the global value of retail sales of recorded music alone was estimated at over $37 billion per year. A recent economic study in Nashville reported that the local music industry there supported 54,000 jobs with an estimated labor income of $722 million annually. 

Aspiring musicians may be surprised to learn about the number of careers that exist, including: musicians who compose, conduct, and perform; professionals who create and sell recorded music; personnel associated with live performance, including promoters, advertisers, sales, booking agents, grant writers, business managers, talent scouts; personnel who broadcast music; music journalists, critics, book editors; educators; personnel that support music education, including instrument manufacturers, distributers, salespersons, school ensemble arrangers, and more. 

Talent Scholarships

Talent Scholarships are available for students planning to participate in one of Edgewood College's musical ensembles. Admission to the College and an audition are required. 

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  • Lucas-Koehler
    The Music Department at Edgewood College gave me an incredibly diverse perspective on music education. The skills and knowledge I acquired have allowed me not only to learn about music, but also how to make a living as a performer. I feel very lucky to have spent my college career at Edgewood College.
    Lucas Koehler '10, Freelance Bassist