LuAnn Holden, Chairperson
Professors - Mark Bailey, William Green, David Holsinger, and Brad Moffett
Associate Professors - Susanne Burgess and LuAnn Holden
Assistant Professor - Joshua Cheney
Artist in Residence - Robert Bernhardt
The Department of Music Education recognizes the importance of a comprehensive education in the fields of music and education, as well as the general education core. The department is dedicated to the preparation of excellent music educators through research-based practice, including active, problem-based learning, field experiences in local school contexts, and reflective practice at all levels.
A primary goal of the department is to foster within each future music educator a Christian worldview that will serve as a guide through the constant and rapid changes occurring in education as well as society in general. The exceptional faculty within the Music Education department is committed to mentoring the teacher candidates through this developmental process.
The Music Education discipline includes the general education core, the religion core, the music core including applied study and ensembles, and professional coursework in both the Department of Music Education and the College of Education. Students successfully completing the degree requirements will be recommended to the state of Tennessee for K-12 licensure.
Programs of Study
||Music Education - Vocal/General (Teacher Licensure, Grades K-12)
||Music Education - Instrumental/General (Non-Keyboard) (Teacher Licensure, Grades K-12)
||Music Education - Vocal/General (Piano) (Teacher Licensure, Grades K-12)
||Music Education - Instrumental/General (Piano) (Teacher Licensure, Grades K-12)
Applied Study Distribution
Bachelor of Music Education (7 hours total)
Applied study will be spread over at least 7 semesters. The student must study the applied principal instrument until successfully completing the semester of the senior recital.
First year (2 credits) - 1 credit hour per semester
Second year (2 credits) - 1 credit hour per semester
Third year (2 credits) - 1 credit hour per semester
Fourth year (1 credit) - 1 credit hour for the first semester
- Students may request additional hours in applied music beyond the minimum requirement.
- The year designation applies to the status in the major, not the number of years at the university.
Music Education - Student Teaching
A Music Education student may not present a Senior Recital or be enrolled in course work outside of student teaching during the student teaching semester. The student will be allowed to student teach only when he/she has completed the piano proficiency requirement in its entirety, passed the required Praxis II exams, and completed all degree requirements other than those expressly required during the Student Teaching semester. For information on official acceptance to student teaching, see the appropriate section listed under the Helen DeVos College of Education.
Dual Endorsement in Music Education
A student pursuing a Bachelor of Music Education degree with Instrumental Teacher Licensure, Grades K-12, may add on Vocal/General Teacher Licensure, Grades K-12, by completing the following courses:
MUCO-331 Advanced Choral Conducting
MUED-421 Methods and Materials for Teaching Vocal/General Music, Grades 7-12
MUED-405 Methods and Materials for Teaching Music in the Elementary School
It is recommended that the student complete four semesters (one credit hour each) of applied voice as a secondary instrument. It is recommended that the student participate in a choral ensemble two semesters. Student teaching must include both instrumental and vocal/general music experiences. The applied voice lessons may substitute for MUED 120-Vocal Technique for the instrumentalist.
A student pursuing a Bachelor of Music Education degree with Vocal/General Teacher Licensure, Grades K-12, may add on Instrumental Teacher Licensure, Grades K-12, by completing the following courses:
MUED-231 Brass Techniques
MUED-241 Woodwind Techniques
MUED-251 String Techniques
MUED-261 Percussion Techniques
MUCO-332 Advanced Instrumental Conducting
MUED-422 Methods and Materials of Teaching Marching Band
MUED-423 Methods and Materials of Teaching Concert Band and Orchestra
It is recommended that the student complete four semesters (one credit hour each) of applied instrumental (non-keyboard) lessons on a secondary instrument. It is recommended that the student participate in an instrumental ensemble two semesters. Student teaching must include both instrumental and vocal/general experience. The instrumental technique classes substitute for MUED-226, Introduction to Instrumental Music.
Music Endorsement for the Education Major (Non-Music)
Vocal/General Music, Grades K-12 or Instrumental Music, Grades K-12
An individualized program will be determined for each candidate seeking an additional endorsement in Vocal/General Music or Instrumental Music with course work and/or field experiences selected from the following courses, not to exceed 30 hours. (Prerequisite: MUST-111, MUST-112, MUST-121, and MUST-122.)