The music education major at Anderson University provides students with the musical knowledge and pedagogical skills needed for a career. Students who complete this program are licensed by the state of Indiana to teach music. They are highly effective at teaching musical concepts and at conducting and rehearsing musical ensembles to prepare them for performances. Music education students network with professional music educators and vendors through participation in the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the AU chapter of the Indiana Music Educators Association (IMEA).
What classes will I take?
Among the classes in the 77-hour major are:
- techniques courses in multiple instruments
- music history
- instrumental or voice pedagogy
- music teaching method courses
- practicum and student teaching experiences
- courses in the Department of Teacher Education that lead to certification (these are in addition to the 77 hrs in Music)
What kind of jobs can I anticipate after graduation?
Our music education graduates find their place in K-12 schools teaching elementary, choral, general, and instrumental music. They may also continue their studies in music education, music performance, music therapy, or pursue graduate study to teach future teachers. We also offer Orff, Feierabend, and Dalcroze certification programs on campus, as well as drumming and ukulele classes, giving our students additional skills and networking opportunities as pre-service teachers.
What experiences will I have?
Music education students have opportunities to learn in classes, participate in practicum and student teaching in area schools and with the local home school community. Our students are part of a community of future music educators on campus and part of the National Association for Music Education at the state level. They can participate in our vibrant Summer Studies in Music Education program with internationally known instructors.