The State of Kansas provides licensure for teachers who plan to work in public school settings. Our program leads students to the General Music PK-12 license. This license allows our graduates to teach general, vocal and 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. In a recent review of the national standardized test results for the Music Praxis II, WSU graduates showed scores equal to all regents schools and national averages in all areas and higher than the state and national averages in musicology and performance sub-tests.
Our music graduates are great musicians and great educators who are highly sought for employment by districts across Kansas. We also receive requests from other states for our graduates to apply. WSU graduates have been recruited to New York, Las Vegas, Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida and throughout the Midwest. Kansas licensure is generally reciprocal with other states with an occasional added course such as the state history. Our graduates also have developed their own private music programs in the USA, Brazil and Malaysia.