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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).

Music Education Curriculum & Degree Options

Contact the Music Program

Patricia Robertson, Department Co-Chair & Professor of Music
765-998-5256
ptrobertson@taylor.edu

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

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

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