Bachelor of Arts in Music Education-Choral: Piano Initial Program - Leads to Initial Teacher Licensure

Overview: Earn Your Degree in Music Education

Through basic performance opportunities, music theory, music history and teaching strategies for a variety of instruments, Grand Canyon University (GCU) uses a combination of application and theory to prepare you for teaching students in 21st century music classrooms. The Bachelor of Arts in Music Education Choral: Piano, offered by the College of Fine Arts and Production in conjunction with the College of Education, is available for students interested in teaching piano in public or private school settings.

Our music education for choral piano program encompasses a broad liberal arts foundation. In addition to music performance and theory, you will learn ways of mastering teaching strategies for advanced vocal, instrumental and choral techniques. This includes methods of reviewing diction and immersion practices, using technology and assessment strategies, educational psychology followed by completing a full-time student teaching component in your final semester. Learning extends beyond the classroom as a music education major by offering you the opportunity to participate in the annual University Theatre Series, a series of five major productions hosted by GCUs music and theatre departments.

Curriculum in the music education program aligns with the standards of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC), preparing you for K-12 music teacher licensure.

Degree Outcomes: Foundations of Teaching and Choral Piano Techniques

In the Bachelor of Arts in Music Education - Choral: Piano program, you can enhance your creative talents and prepare for teaching with purpose at the elementary or secondary level. Public recitals, private instruction and concerts throughout the program enhance your stage performance and musical abilities. In conjunction with the College of Education, you acquire the aptitude and knowledge necessary to lead instruction in elementary and secondary schools. GCUs global approach to music education creates skills that can help you succeed in today's marketplace and thrive as you match passion with purpose.

What You Will Learn: A Comprehensive Music Education-Piano Curriculum

In this choral piano education program, you are expected to master the following competencies:

  • Music theory
  • Italian and German diction
  • Instrumental techniques for various instruments
  • Classroom management and engagement
  • Choral literature for music educators

Career Outcomes: Careers in Music Education

Prepare for a future in K-12 specialized education with a music education program that allows you to both study theory and practice your craft. Upon graduation from this bachelors in music education, you will have the training necessary to pursue teacher certification in a K-12 setting. This certification allows you to pursue a job as a music instructor in a private or public school setting or develop a privately owned studio.

This program is offered in the following formats or locations:

Main Campus

Enjoy Grand Canyon University\'s traditional campus experience. As of fall 2014, our 179-acre campus serves a growing student population of approximately 11,000. New modern classrooms, suite-style residence halls, popular dining options, resort-style swimming pools and a focus on creating a rich student life make GCU a top choice for high school graduates and transfer students.

On-campus program disclosures      

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.