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Bachelor of Science in:

Music Education

This National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) accredited program serves teacher candidates who wish to be certified in instrumental, choral, and general music in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade in Pennsylvania. This certification is also accepted as initial certification in many other states. The Music Education major at Kutztown combines the studies of the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the College of Education.

The program is offered by the Department of Music.

Course Highlights

Foundation courses in this program are identical to those in the Bachelor of Arts in Music program. Foundations for Music Education majors including conducting, theory, aural skills, and music history are all covered. Teacher certification training includes techniques courses in strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, and voice.  Music education majors at Kutztown are placed in cooperating schools starting in their first semester of study for observations and teaching experiences.

As the student progresses, specialized teaching courses prepare the undergraduates to teach in general, instrumental and choral music classes. At Kutztown, training to become a music educator additionally requires students to take part in many musical related courses such as guitar in the classroom, developing a musical theatre production, and jazz ensemble techniques.

Music Admission Requirements

Admission to the Department of Music requires prospective students to apply to both the university (university's application) and to the Department of Music (department application). Once the Department of Music application is completed, the student will be scheduled for an audition. At the audition, students will perform in their area of musical interest and expertise. During the audition, students should be prepared to discuss their musical background, career goals, musical, and general areas of interest. Students will also take preliminary diagnostic exams in: (a) harmony and theory, (b) ear training, (c) sight singing, and (d) piano skills. The results determine placement in music courses, and are considered as part of acceptance to the degree program. Students may receive the university's academic admissions decision prior to the audition process.  Acceptance decision to the music programs will follow shortly.

Career Opportunities
Music educator in kindergarten through 12th grade, choral conductor, band director, string education specialist, orchestral conductor, general music educator, early childhood music educator, studio teacher, music supervisor.