What do Music Education Majors Study?
A BS in Music Education prepares students to embark on a career which forms not only their professional and personal lives, but also the lives of countless students they will meet through their years of teaching music. A thorough grounding in Music Theory I-IV, History of Music, Counterpoint, Orchestration, Conducting and Music and Technology, plus the "how to teach" courses in every instrument including voice, gives the student the fundamental tools to teach music K-12. Student Teaching and Student Seminar in senior year culminate the four years of preparation. Through in-depth, disciplined, private study with an expert in his/her field, each student also develops a high quality of personal musicianship on his/her major instrument.
What are the requirements for a Music Education Major?
Music education majors complete all courses and proficiencies for the Bachelor of Music degree. In addition to the music methods courses mentioned above, Music Education majors must successfully complete Praxis Tests I and II to apply for certification in Music Education in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (K-12).
At this time, Pennsylvania certification is accepted in most states. The interstate reciprocity disclaimer, found on the PA certification website, is the most up-to-date and reliable source of information on this topic. Music department faculty assist students in accessing various state requiremenrs.
In addition to the courses mentioned above, requirements include:
- instrumental/choral methods
- teaching music in the elementary school (includes practicum)
- teaching music in the middle/secondary school (includes practicum)
- teaching music to diverse learners (includes practicum)
- student teaching and student teaching seminar
- music and technology
- educational psychology
Classroom experience precedes the student teaching experience. Some experiences include observing, teaching large and small groups, and assessing student work in a variety of settings.
Why study Music Education at Chestnut Hill College?
Small class size facilitates learning and personal growth. Students are challeneged to ask questions, to seek one-on-one help with professors if needed and to use a strong work ethic to reach their career goals. Students experience highly qualified and experienced professors and performers in the Philadelphia area as their teachers and mentors.
Chestnut Hill College provides an excellent education to prepare students for careers in music education and related fields. In addition to classes and discussion, future teachers have the opportunity for first-hand experience in the music classroom through observations and teaching under the guidance of master teachers.
Since 2011, Chestnut Hill College has become an All-Steinway School. The designation brands CHC as an institution committed to musical excellence.
What do Music Education Majors go on to do?
Students with a BS in Music Education from Chestnut Hill College and satisfactory completion of certifcation requirements from PDE have the credentials to teach instrumental, choral, general music and specialized music classes from K-12 in public, private and charter schools throughout Pennsylvania. While some students choose to focus on the elementary level, others devote their energies to music at the middle school or senior level. At times, students enjoy studio teaching as a full-time career.
A BS in Music Education will give you the credentials and skills needed to pursue many careers, including:
- general music teacher - elementary, middle, high school level
- voal and/or instrumental ensemble director (K-12)
- music studio teacher in private studio or for a retail arts center
- music/technology coordinator
- performing arts managerial positions