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Music Education Teaching

North Central College
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Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Music Education & Teaching

You’ll combine your performing arts training with classroom teaching experience as early as your first year. And even with new licensure and teaching requirements, it is still possible to complete your music teacher education degree within a four-year time frame (comparable programs require five).

As a music education major, you’ll also enjoy more face time teaching music in front of students-at least 180 field-experience hours—than typically required. Why? Because we know the additional teaching and conducting experience will hone your educator skills, boost your confidence and help lead to competitive full-time teaching positions. Graduates of North Central’s music education program have enjoyed a nearly 100 percent job placement rate in the past several years.

You can also:

  • Perform in a variety of campus venues and ensembles—our more than 20 student groups range from small to large instrumental and choral ensembles.
  • Be awarded vocal, instrumental or jazz performance scholarships as well as a music education scholarship, renewable for four years.
  • Student-teach in Naperville-area, high-performing school districts; you’ll use new technologies, learn from their great teachers, and make valuable connections with their administrators.
  • Learn to teach in high-need areas through our partnerships with schools in Aurora and Chicago (scholarships and incentives are often available).
  • Attend the Chicago Symphony Orchestra or Lyric Opera every week, as some students have done—Chicago is just a short train ride away.

Admission requirements

Applicants must demonstrate English proficiency in one of the following ways:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): North Central requires an official TOEFL score of at least 79 (Internet-based test) or 550 (paper-based test). (Our institution code: 1555)
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): North Central also accepts official IELTS overall scores of 6.5 with sub-scores of 6.0 or higher.
  • ACT or SAT: Students may also submit official SAT or ACT scores in place of the TOEFL.
    • Most successful applicants choosing this option have earned at least a 500 on the EBRW section of the SAT or at least a 19 on the English section of the ACT.
    • Our institution codes are: 1555 (SAT) and 1096 (ACT).

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website.

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Program content

Music Education, Choral Track, B.M.e.

Core Music Courses

  • Music Theory I
  • Music Theory II
  • Aural Skills I
  • Music Theory III
  • Music Theory IV
  • Aural Skills II
  • Music Now
  • Doing Music History
  • Doing Ethnomusicology

Music Education Courses

  • Introduction to Music Education
  • General Music Methods
  • Performance Music Methods
  • Elementary Field Experience I
  • Field Experience II
  • Field Experience III

Education Courses

  • Equitable Learning Environments: HS/MS
  • Teaching Students With Disabilities
  • Content Area Literacies
  • Assessment of Learning
  • Pre-Residency Seminar
  • Residency Seminar
  • Student Teaching Residency

Choral Courses

  • Diction for Singers
  • Vocal Pedagogy
  • Elements of Choral Conducting
  • Advanced Choral Conducting

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information


Tution fee: $42,026 per year

Career paths

Music education graduates have found positions with:

  • Naperville/Aurora school districts 203 and 204, which includes Grammy Signature Schools (Gold Status)
  • Central Illinois districts such as Paxton and Gibson City
  • Plainfield, Aurora, Downers Grove and St. Charles schools
  • Community schools, churches and organizations such as The Young Naperville Singers, Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus (now Anima), Music Makers of Western Springs, Our Saviour’s Lutheran of Naperville and Visitation Church of Elmhurst

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North Central College

North Central College is a nationally ranked institution located in Naperville, Illinois, a thriving suburb just thirty minutes by train from Chicago. Our students have access to state-of-the art facilities and distinctive programs, particularly in the sciences and business. At...

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North Central College

30 North Brainard Street
60540 Naperville IL
United States of America (USA)

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