Music Education Major

Teaching Music to Grades Preschool-12

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.

Choose a Choral or Instrumental Focus

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).

Music Education Curriculum & Degree Options

Students interested in course descriptions and academic policies can check out our Undergraduate Catalog here.

Contact the Music Program

Patricia Robertson, Department Chair & Professor of Music

Lisa Royal, Music Program Assistant

Cathy Moore, Concert & Tour Coordinator