The Bachelor of Arts in Music Education is available to all students interested in Kindergarten through High School music teaching, or preparation for a graduate degree. You may choose either the vocal or instrumental track. The curriculum includes many opportunities to actually get into the classroom observing at every level, it may also include participatory activities to give you a real “hands-on” approach to your education. These occasions help you to determine if you prefer teaching general music to young children, or if your focus lies with middle and high school ensembles such as choral, band, or orchestra. In your senior year you will do your student teaching in your preferred area, and that is also area in which you will be certified.
Your degree program is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Your certification is handled through the College of Education as are several other courses.
All music classes are taught by music faculty, and your student teaching experience is under the supervision of the music faculty.
The Vocal Music Ed. Concentration prepares you for certification as a school choral director. This concentration is open to vocalists. Graduates in this area typically have contracts with public school systems, or return to graduate school to further their training.
The Instrumental Music Ed. Concentration prepares you for certification as a school band or orchestra director. This concentration is open to students on any band or orchestra instrument. Graduates in this area typically have contracts with public school systems, or return to graduate school to further their training.