Music pedagogy matters.

Music Education students are passionate about teaching young people and fostering their talent and interest in the musical arts. Throughout the coursework of the degree program, you'll develop creative thinking, excellent organizational ability, self-discipline, strong interpersonal skills, and strong musical skills.

  • Overview

    • School: Traditional Undergrad Academics
    • Division: Teacher Education
    • Degree Type: Bachelor of Music
    • Format: Residential
    • Location: Grand Rapids
  • Quick Facts

    • Major Credit Hours: 71
    • Career Opportunities:
      • Music educator
      • School band director
      • School choir director
      • Private instrument or vocal teacher
    • Application Deadline: Rolling admission
      • Fall semester—August 15
      • Spring semester—January 1

    Degree Completion

    Download sample degree plans for a major in Music Education. As a Music Education major, you may choose between an instrumental or vocal concentration.

  • Interesting Classes

    • Advanced Conducting: Choral or Instrumental
    • Non-Western Music

    Student Teacher Placement

    All Music Education students are required to take a Teacher Assistant Practicum as well as a full semester of student teaching. The music and teacher education divisions work with all the surrounding school districts to place students.

Major Courses and Catalog

In addition to completing the university's core curriculum and professional education courses, the Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree requires the following classes:

  • MUA-XXX Applied Major (8 credit hours)
  • MUP-X01, X11, X21 Large Ensemble (7 credit hours)
  • MUP-X31, X41, X51 Small Ensemble (2 credit hours)
  • MUS-099 Performance Lab (7 semesters)
  • MUS-113, 114, 213, 214 Aural Perception I, II, III, IV (4 credit hours)
  • MUS-117, 118, 217, 218 Music Theory & Analysis I, II, III, IV (12 credit hours)
  • MUS-171 Introduction to Music Technology (3 credit hours)
  • MUS-221, 222, 225 Music History, Literature and Form I, II, III (9 credit hours)
  • MUS-251 Basic Conducting (3 credit hours)
  • MUS-314 Orchestration and Arranging (3 credit hours)
  • MUS-317 Keyboard Harmony (2 credit hours)
  • MUS-326 Non-Western Music (2 credit hours)
  • MUS-382 Music Teacher Assistant Practicum (1 credit hour)
  • MUS-440 Senior Recital
  • MUS-441 Capstone Seminar: Senior Recital Project (1 credit hour)
  • MUS-450 Music Methods: Middle and High School (3 credit hours)
  • MUS-457 Music Methods: Elementary School (3 credit hours)
  • Instrumental or vocal emphasis (8 credit hours)

For course descriptions and graduation requirements, view the 2016-17 Cornerstone University Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

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