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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 a classroom, and implement education methods.
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 Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.
Begin assisting in local music classrooms during your freshman year, and gain more teaching responsibility over the next few years, culminating with student teaching full time during your senior year. 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.
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.
Music students gain performance and conducting experience through required ensemble participation. Taylor offers a wide range of vocal and instrumental ensembles.
Education majors spend a full semester of their senior year teaching real students locally or internationally. Each Education student teaches at two different schools, preparing you to manage your own classroom after graduation.
The Music, Theatre, & Dance Scholarship is presented to outstanding high school seniors and transfer students who are committed to a career in music, theatre, or dance. The total award amounts vary depending on the student’s musical ability and the needs of the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance. To qualify, students must declare a major in the department, complete the scholarship application, and audition in person or video.Apply Now
Students interested in course descriptions and academic policies can check out our Undergraduate Catalog.
A Taylor liberal arts education will prepare you to live and work in a fast-changing world. It also goes a step further: laying a strong spiritual foundation that cultivates wisdom. You’ll become a well-versed individual, equipped with critical thinking skills, a lifelong love of learning, and an appreciation for God’s creation.
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.
Mar 30, 2023
Six musicians from Taylor University have won or placed in their respective categories during the recent Great Lakes Region National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition.Read Article
Jan 23, 2023
The Center will offer piano lessons for students ages 6 to 16 for the spring semester. No prior musical training is required.Read Article
Jun 05, 2020
With an internship at Sweetwater Sound’s summer camps, junior Music Education and Special Education major Moorea Reiskytl gained valuable skills equip her for the classroom.Read Article
Nov 02, 2017
Taylor University music student Clara Loisch received Honorable Mention in the state round of the Young Artist Performance Woodwind category of the 2017 Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) competition held at Ball State University.Read Article