Music Education

Major

If you're passionate about teaching music and the ways music can impact the lives of children and teens, consider a music education major.

In this program, you will . . .

  • study the primary and secondary instruments of your choice
  • develop in-depth understanding of music theory and harmony through classes and applied music labs
  • study Western music history and literature from antiquity to the present
  • gain educational training to prepare you to teach music to Pre-K–12 students

Every music education student chooses one area of emphasis:

  • Choral: Gain the background needed to lead elementary, junior high, and high school choirs. Coursework covers:
    • Vocal diction
    • Choral arranging
    • Vocal pedagogy
  • Instrumental: Prepare to be a school band director. Coursework covers:
    • Instrumental methods for: brass, woodwinds, percussion, and string instruments
    • Instrumental arranging

Music education students gain performance and conducting experience through required ensemble participation.

Professional education courses provide practical knowledge of:

  • Ways to adjust your lessons based on students' musical experience
  • Discipline and classroom management in middle and high school settings
  • Forms and approaches of assessment
  • Music education methods for elementary and secondary schools

Every music education student spends a full semester their senior year teaching full-time. The semester is split between two placements in different schools, teaching different grade levels.

See the curriculum guide for the Bachelor of Music in Music Education.