The concentration in Music Education prepares students to teach through an integrated sequence of music and academic courses, development of music skills, and pre-service internship. Coursework in applied music, conducting, theory, history, keyboard, instrumental and vocal pedagogy, and music education form a comprehensive program that emphasizes musicianship, interpersonal skills and teaching proficiency.

The pillars of the Teacher Preparation Program are solid knowledge of a discipline and practical experience. The program seeks to develop pre-service teachers who are:

  • competent, caring, reflective, and qualified educators;
  • well prepared in their subject knowledge;
  • able to implement “best teaching practices” in their instruction;
  • proficient readers, writers, listeners, and able to model expertise in these fundamental aspects of educational practice;
  • knowledgeable about the impact of technology on education and how to use technology in an effective manner; and
  • well-grounded in the appreciation of diversity and global cultures

As scholarship and performance are not mutually exclusive, all music majors are required to declare and study a major instrument, and perform two jury reviews every year. Students are encouraged to take part in the diverse performance opportunities available to enrich their understanding of the music they are studying.

For information about the Music Education concentration, contact Professor Stefán Örn Arnarson.