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. Music General Education: These courses emphasize musicianship skills and include courses in the areas of music theory, aural skills, music history, form and analysis and orchestration.
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.
Conducting: Beginning and advanced conducting courses, and rehearsal techniques courses develop score analysis and directing skills.

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 PK-12 within the areas of general music, choral, band, strings, and jazz . Special music education majors receive additional coursework in working with children with disabilities. Field experiences and community service opportunities give students the opportunity to apply their skills with faculty supervision. The final semester is the student teaching experience with placement opportunities in varied urban, suburban, and rural settings.

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. At WSU, most of these courses are taught by music education faculty to foster direct applications to music settings in the schools.

V. Practical Experience

Field Experience: Because of our 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 as well as in public or private schools.

Cooperative Learning: Some students may be employed by schools to assist in special education or music settings. These positions receive credit and a small salary.

Private Teaching: Our students may set up private studios to teach.

Career Extensions: Students who have degrees in music education have many options for the future. WSU provides a masters degrees with a variety of tracks including Elementary General, Choral, Instrumental, Vocal, and Special Music Education emphasis. The masters program is organized with flexibility for those who wish a full-time student experience as well as those who wish to pursue the degree in summers and evenings.

Cooperation with the College of Applied Studies: The majority of classes in music education are taken with music specialists in the School of Music. WSU music education experiences a strong relationship with the College of Applied Studies including shared technology opportunities, cooperative education support, workshop opportunities, some scholarships and CAEP/KSDE accreditation.


Graduation Requirements

The following program fulfills both the university requirements for graduation and the Kansas licensure requirement and must be taken by all Bachelor of Music Education candidates. In completing the BME program, the student must meet the general education program requirements of the university given in the Academic Information Requirements for Graduation section of the Catalog.


Undergraduate Degree Requirements

Graduate Degree Requirements