The WSU Music Education program leads students to the General Music PK-12 license. This license allows our graduates to teach general, vocal or instrumental music in public or private schools. Our degree programs allow for an emphasis area of vocal, instrumental, keyboard or special music education. This allows students to emphasize one performance area through the program in order to provide consistency across levels. The core musicology courses and ensembles are the same for our music education and performance majors, thereby assuring the highest quality of preparation for all of our majors. Throughout the program, you will experience a variety of field placements and teaching opportunities which culminate in a semester of full-time student teaching. Coursework provides for a balanced blend of musicology content, applied and ensemble performance and pedagogical skills.
The College of Education offers numerous programs in addition to Teacher Education. Information about applying for the Teacher Education Program is included in the Teacher Education Application Packet. The packet includes:
The completed packet should be submitted to Education Support Services (ESS) the semester before beginning the Teacher Education Program.
Transition to Teaching Program
If you already have a bachelor's degree and are interested in teaching art, you may qualify for the Transition to Teaching Program
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The Music Education program consists of courses in five areas:
I. General Education : General courses cover various disciplines (English, Math and Sciences, Arts and Humanities, and Social Sciences) that are required by all university students.
II. Musicology and Performance : These courses emphasize musicianship skills and include courses in the areas of music theory, aural skills, music history, and orchestration or arranging. Applied Music: Music majors receive private lessons in voice or on their major instrument. During the senior year, music education majors give a senior recital. Every music major also receives piano instruction to gain a standard level of proficiency. Ensembles: Each music major participates in vocal or instrumental ensembles to gain music performance experience.
III. Music Education : Each music education major completes courses in vocal or instrumental music methods. Courses emphasize the specific skills needed for successful music teaching in grades K-12. Special music education majors receive additional coursework in working with children with disabilities. The final semester is the student teaching experience.
IV. Teacher Education : Each music education major wanting state teaching licensure completes a series of courses on development, assessment, lesson planning, teaching strategies, evaluation, and professional conduct including legal and ethical issues. There are entry and exit requirements for this block of courses that follow state licensure requirements.
V. Practical Field experience : Because of our special location, each music education major has numerous opportunities for hands-on learning through course field experiences and varied practicum experiences in metropolitan, suburban, and rural settings in public or private schools. In addition, the majority of our majors participate in cooperative education, private teaching through the College of Fine Arts Institute, and other experiences through salaried church and community music performance and accompanying jobs.