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, instrumental and special education music in public or private schools.

  • Instrumental emphasis offered to satisfy the needs of students whose chief performing medium is instrumental or keyboard and who plan to enter the field of instrumental music teaching in the public schools;
  • Vocal emphasis offered to satisfy the needs of students whose chief performing medium is voice, piano, or guitar and who plan to enter the field of vocal and general music teaching in the public schools;
  • Special music education emphasis offered to satisfy the needs of students, either vocal or instrumental specialists, who plan to enter the field of music education for special education children in the public schools.

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. 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.