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.