Bachelor's Degree in Music Education
The University of Mount Union’s Bachelor of Music Education degree and license prepares students to work with children from grades K-12. As a music education major, you will study the history, theory, basic musicianship, and practical skills in the field. You will have the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of music courses and participate in a musical performance group.
As you complete the degree requirements and curriculum for our CAEP accredited music education major program, you will be given many opportunities to perfect the craft of musical teaching including classroom preparation and field experiences at nearby schools. These are just a few of the many opportunities you will have to write original music plans, create a welcoming classroom environment, and share your passion of music with the younger generation.
GPA requirement: 2.5 (except for nursing, that requirement is a 3.3)
English proficiency (one of the following):
- TOEFL: 61 iBT
- IELTS: 5.5
- PTE: 55
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- Music Theory I
- Foundations of Musicianship
- Music Theory II
- Musicianship Skills I
- Vocal Techniques and Diction
- Brass Instruments
- Piano Class I
- Piano Class II
- Introduction to Music Education
- Music, the Arts and Culture
- History and Analysis of Western Music I
- Music Theory III
- Musicianship Skills II
- Musicianship Skills III
- Stringed Instruments
- Woodwind Instruments
- Piano Class III
- Piano Class IV
- Percussion Instruments
- Music in American Life
- Large Ensembles
- Applied Pedagogy
- Special Topics in Music and Society
- History and Analysis of Western Music II
- Orchestration and Arranging
- Music Technology for the Performing Musician
- Digital Sound
- Choral Conducting and Literature
- Instrumental Conducting and Literature
- Music Methods: Early Childhood
- Music Methods
- Hearing Heaven: Death, Dying, and the Music of Mahler
- World Music and Ethnographic Music Study
- Small Ensembles
- Music Methods – Instrumental
- Clinical Practice: Multi-Age Music
- Special Projects in Music
- Applied Lessons in Music (Private Instruction)
- Applied Composition and Analysis
- Collaborative Piano Recital
- Senior Project: Bachelor of Arts in Music
- Joint Recital
- Senior Recital
- Honors Thesis/Project
Scholarships & funding
A Mount Union education is accessible to students of all backgrounds thanks to the university's robust scholarship and grant offerings. There are several state and federal options available to assist you, as well as many Mount Union awards that are specific to your career at the university. For more information, please visit the Mount Union website.
Upon completion of this program, students will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to select the best methods and materials for meeting the objectives of the learning experience.
- Students will acquire and demonstrate the ability to compose and/or improvise at a basic level in one or more musical languages.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to build a conducive learning environment.
- Students will become aware of diverse culture, develop curiosity about American society and about other societies and the art, and will acquire the ability to place music, including music of various cultures of the world, repertoires beyond the area of specialization, and music of their own time, in historical, cultural, and stylistic contexts.
- Students will acquire an understanding of the common elements and organizational patterns of music and their interaction, and the ability to demonstrate this understanding in aural, verbal, and visual analysis.
- Student will demonstrate a working knowledge of appropriate historical and stylistic performance practices.
- Students will work independently and cooperatively on a variety of musical problems by combining their capabilities in performance; aural, verbal, and visual analysis; composition and improvisation; and history and repertoire.
- Students will acquire and demonstrate keyboard competency.
- Students will demonstrate the understanding of basic interrelationships and interdependencies among the various professions and activities that constitute the musical enterprise.
- Students will acquire knowledge and skills sufficient to work as leaders and in collaboration on matters of musical interpretation, including rehearsal and conducting skills as appropriate to the particular music specialization and degree program.
- Students will write and carry out lesson plans that clearly articulate the purpose and objective of each lesson.
- Students will develop skills to become lifelong learners in the musical art, both as participants and as audience members.
- Students will acquire and demonstrate sufficient understanding of musical forms, processes, and structures to use this knowledge in compositional, performance, scholarly, pedagogical, and historical contexts, as appropriate to their specialization and degree program.
- Students will form and defend value judgments about music.
- Students will acquire experience in a secondary performance area.
- Students will acquire and demonstrate technical skills requisite for artistic self-expression in at least one primary performance area at a level appropriate for the particular music specialization and degree program, including an overview understanding of the repertoire in the primary performance area, an ability to perform from a cross-section of that repertoire, the ability to read at sight with fluency, and the ability to perform in a variety of solo and ensemble settings.
- Students will acquire a basic overview understanding of how technology serves in the field of music as a whole and a working knowledge of the technological developments applicable to their area of specialization and degree program.
Music educators play a vital role in today’s schools, providing students skills that last a lifetime – discipline, teamwork and creativity. Yet, music education is so much more important than that. According to the National Association for Music Education, studies show that students who participate in school music programs tend to score higher on standardized tests, are more likely to stay in school and graduate, are more likely to stay away from drugs and alcohol and experience higher earnings in their professional life. So, just imagine the impact that you can make as a music teacher.
As a music education major at the University of Mount Union, you will couple your skills in musicianship and theory with solid preparation in teaching. Beginning in your freshman year, you will apply what you learn in actual music classroom settings, and as a senior, you’ll actually become the instructor as you complete your education as a student teacher. After completing the music education major requirements, you will truly be prepared to instill a love of music in your students and make a difference in their lives.
Common careers include:
- Music teacher
- Band director
About this institute
University of Mount Union
The University of Mount Union, a private Midwestern institution founded in 1846, offers rigorous and relevant academic programs that are grounded in the liberal arts tradition. Mount Union’s students can select from broad-based and career-specific undergraduate majors. Known for its...
Why study at University of Mount Union
Mount Union is a small institution. We are proud to offer small class sizes, all taught by professors. More than 80% of our faculty have terminal degrees in their fields of study. This gives our students a chance to research and learn alongside our talented faculty in their academic fields. We are proud that 98% of our students find jobs in less than 3 months after graduating with their Mount Union degree!
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