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Music Education Major

No “Treble” Teaching Music

If you're passionate about teaching music and impacting the lives of children and teens through music, consider a Music Education major. Taylor’s Music Education program will provide you with the educational training to teach music to grades Preschool-12, inspiring the next generation to love and appreciate music through its fundamentals, history, theory, and practice.

You will learn to adjust your lessons based on a student’s musical experience, approach the assessment of musical ability, manage and discipline a classroom, and implement education methods.

Begin assisting in local music classrooms during your freshman year and gain more teaching responsibility over the next few years until your senior year. Every senior Music Education student spends a full semester teaching full-time. The semester is split between two placements in different schools, teaching different grade levels. By the time you graduate from Taylor, you will be confident in the classroom and ready to conduct middle school or high school ensembles.

Finely Tuned Degree

Every Music Education major chooses either a choral or instrumental emphasis. Choral studies gives you the educational background in vocal diction, choral arranging, and vocal pedagogy so you are able to effectively lead elementary, junior high, and high school choirs. Instrumental studies prepares students to become school band directors. Their music curriculum focuses on instrumental arranging and instrumental methods for brass, woodwinds, percussion, and string instruments.

Notes on Music Application

A Music Education degree builds on the basics of education courses, such as educational psychology and classroom management, and applies education theory and experiences to music.

Deepen your own understanding of music through classes in vocal diction, choral arranging, conducting, Western music history and literature, and instrumental methods for your chosen primary and secondary instruments. Through applied music labs, you will develop an in-depth understanding of music theory and harmony applications.

Music Education students also gain performance and conducting experience through required ensemble participation. This program provides certification for either Instrumental/General PreK-12 or Choral/General PreK-12, approved by the Indiana Department of Education and accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Fill out our Music Interest form

Music Education Curriculum & Degree Options

Contact the Music Program

Dr. Christopher Bade, Department of Music, Theatre & Dance Co-chair & Professor of Music
765-998-5258
chbade@taylor.edu

Lisa Royal, Music Program Assistant
765-998-5232
lsroyal@taylor.edu

Cathy Moore, Concert & Tour Coordinator
765-998-5292
ctmoore@taylor.edu

Contact the Education Department

Dr. Ben Hotmire, Chair of the Education Department
765-998-4312
bnhotmire@taylor.edu

Shannon Shilts, Education Program Assistant
765-998-5147
shannon_shilts@taylor.edu

Special Programs
  • Special Education

    Expand your education opportunities by adding a Mild Intervention certification to your degree. This Preschool-12 Special Education certificate allows Education majors to work with a broad range of students who have mild to moderate special needs. Learn More

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - TESOL

    Develop the skills to teach English as a second language to a diverse range of students. Complete the TESOL program with a significant amount of practical experience that will set you up for success. Learn More

Music, Theatre, & Dance Department

Sharpening Your Craft; Engage Your Faith

The department of Music, Theatre & Dance emphasizes active learning in every program. By joining our Music and Theatre majors, you won’t just sit and study methods and theories—you’ll put them into action.

Through ensemble rehearsals, concerts, theatrical productions, student recitals, and fully staged musicals and operas, our students take their learning from the desk to the stage. You’ll also gain a technical background in music theory, acting methods, and dance techniques to take your gifts and skills to the next level and pursue industry-related careers on top of performance.

Auditions & Scholarships

All prospective music and musical theatre majors must audition for admission into the Music, Theatre & Dance department. Our programs offer both merit- and need-based awards that are designed to enhance the University’s financial aid package. To be considered for music scholarships, students interested in music majors or minors must be complete their auditions by March 15.

To sign up for an audition time, speak with a Taylor Music or Theatre professor, or to receive additional information about music auditions and scholarships, please contact Lisa Royal, the music program assistant.

Composing Your Future
Grad Programs

Some of our Music, Theatre & Dance graduates have gone one to complete their master’s degrees at the following colleges:

  • Bowling Green State University
  • Ball State University
  • Indiana University
  • Southern Illinois University
  • University of Michigan
Career Opportunities

No matter which Music, Theatre & Dance major you pursue, you will have a wide range of career opportunities, from music composer to performer to teacher to stage manager. The Music, Theatre & Dance department has a 96% career placement rate, and our faculty and Calling and Career Office work hard to connect students to employment and internship opportunities throughout their time at Taylor.

Learn more about Taylor University’s Music, Theatre, & Dance philosophy.

Music Facilities & Equipment

The Smith-Hermanson Music Center houses an electronic music studio, a music technology lab, teaching studios, rehearsal rooms, and practice rooms. The attached 218-seat Butz-Carruth Recital Hall boasts a Bösendorfer grand and a Steinway piano. The Recital Hall is designed to provide the best acoustics for performance recording. The electronic studio and technology lab are equipped with music composition and editing software.

Other facility equipment includes:
  • 47 pianos across campus
  • Wind, brass, string, and percussion instruments
  • Electronic and pipe organs
  • Five-octave handbells
  • African drums
  • Drum sets and keyboards
Private Lessons & Ensembles

We offer ensembles and private lessons in all instrumental and choral areas.

  • Instrumental: symphony Orchestra, wind and jazz ensembles, jazz combos, bell choirs, and chamber music ensembles such as string quartet, brass ensemble, and flute choir
  • Piano: piano, piano pedagogy, piano class, and accompanying
  • Voice: voice, musical theatre, lyric theatre, opera, and three choral ensembles

Explore Taylor’s Ensembles

Contact Lisa Royal at lsroyal@tayloru.edu or 765-998-5232 to learn more.

Faculty & Staff
Department Head

Chris Bade

Professor of Music, Dept. Co-Chair
Woodwinds & Orchestra

chbade@taylor.edu

Tracy Manning

Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts, Dept. Co-Chair
Managing & Artistic Director of Theatre

trmanning@taylor.edu

Faculty

Conor Angell

Associate Professor of Music
Lyric Theatre & Voice

cnangell@taylor.edu

Eva Kwan

Assistant Professor of Music
Music Education

evkwan@taylor.edu

JoAnn Rediger

Professor of Music
Chorale & Taylor Sounds

jnrediger@taylor.edu

Patricia Robertson

Professor of Music
Voice & Lyric Theatre

ptrobertson@taylor.edu

Adjunct
Staff

Judy Kirkwood

Program Assistant for Theatre & Film

jdkirkwood@taylor.edu

Cathy Moore

Concert & Tour Coordinator

ctmoore@taylor.edu

Lisa Royal

Music Program Assistant

lsroyal@taylor.edu

Terrance Volden

Technical Director of Theatre

trvolden@taylor.edu