Music Education

Begin your career in music education

Encouraging the love of music and helping youth hone their musical skills is a noble calling. If you think you have what it takes — not only the musical talent but the desire to teach — check out the music education majors. These majors combine musicianship and an outstanding teacher education program. Music Education has been central to the university since its foundation in 1917. We have a 100% placement rate for our music education graduates.

You can concentrate in one of the following two areas: instrumental and general music (band, orchestra, and general music) or choral and general music. The program includes a great variety of ensemble experiences and culminates with a semester of student teaching. The curricula lead to certification to teach music in the State of Wisconsin to a variety of ages in public schools (generally, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade). Music education students receive frequent exposure to public school classroom settings through various practica, and the program culminates with a semester of student teaching.

All music degrees have been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Comprehensive Choral and General Music Teaching Major

134-135 credits / no minor required

Music education students receive frequent exposure to public school classroom settings through various practica, and the program culminates with a semester of student teaching.

Applicants to the program must present their admission audition in voice and piano and will study both instruments during the completion of the degree. The Choral and General Music Teaching degree leads to certification to teach choral music and general music, grades PK-12.

View the sample degree outline

Comprehensive Instrumental and General Music Teaching Major

133-135 credits / no minor required

Music education students receive frequent exposure to public school classroom settings through various practica, and the program culminates with a semester of student teaching.

BME-Instrumental and General Music Teaching

 

Music Education Faculty

  • Laura Dunbar, music education coordinator and general music
  • Lee Anna Rasar, adaptive music
  • John Stewart, secondary instrumental
  • Randy Dickerson, secondary instrumental, marching band
  • Frank Watkins, secondary choral
  • Elizabeth Joosten, secondary choral
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