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The Music Education degree is designed for the student who wishes to become a music teacher in the elementary and secondary schools. The degree program will give students the knowledge, performance experience, and teaching abilities needed to function as a music educator. The student will select either an instrumental or voice/choral emphasis, and upon completion of the program receive licensure in their emphasis and general music for students grades K-12. Students also have the opportunity to receive licensure in both instrumental and voice/choral emphases. For more information about lessons in your area, go to the areas of study section and select your instrument.
Music Education majors have a weekly half hour lesson with one of the faculty members. They complete seven semesters of applied lessons.
Music Education majors take the full two-year cycle of Music Theory and Aural Skills, piano proficiency (piano majors study a secondary instrument), as well as a year of Music History. In addition, all performance majors take a course in the literature of their instrument and a course in the pedagogy of their instrument.
All Music Education majors are required to be in at least one ensemble for 7 semesters. There are many different ensemble opportunities (for more detail, go to the ensembles page), which help students build their ability to create music as a part of a whole.
The Music Education Degree culminates with a semester of student teaching.
For a complete listing of required coursework, click here.
All music majors have a weekly studio class, giving students the opportunity to workshop their pieces in a Master class setting for their colleagues and faculty.
The department puts on a Student Showcase several times a semester that allows students to perform in a more formal setting for a larger audience.
All Music Education majors give a half recital during their senior year.