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

Overview: Earn Your Degree in Music Education

Designed to prepare you for teaching music in 21st century classrooms, the Bachelor of Arts in Music Education - Instrumental: Piano is available for students interested in teaching music and instrumental conducting. The music education for instrumental piano program is offered through the College of Fine Arts and Production to help you focus on performance, music theory, instrument collaboration and composition.

In this program, coursework logically progresses through history, theory and teaching concepts to provide an advanced study of orchestration, arranging, conducting and understanding a wide array of musical genres. Review teaching and immersion practices while embracing classroom technology and assessment strategies before completing a full-time student teaching component in your final semester.

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: Teaching and Music Conducting Curriculum

The Bachelor of Arts in Music Education - Instrumental: Piano program can enhance your creative talents while preparing and showing you ways of teaching students with purpose at the elementary or secondary level. Public recitals, private instruction and concerts throughout the program build your stage performance confidence and personal musical abilities. In conjunction with the College of Education, you acquire knowledge and teaching strategies necessary to lead instruction in elementary or secondary schools. Creating and fostering these music education skills can help you succeed by matching passion with purpose to educate and enhance our next generation of musicians through classroom learning and a required student teaching experience.

What You Will Learn: Master Competencies Using a Global Approach to Music

You are expected to master these skills and competencies by the end of your program:

  • Band literature and conducting
  • Music instruction methods and assessment
  • Instrumental techniques for various instruments
  • Private piano study
  • Educational psychology

Career Outcomes: Careers in Music Education

A balance of theory and practice can prepare you for a future in K-12 specialized education classrooms. Your training can move you toward K-12 teacher licensure through this bachelors in music education program. Pursue a job as a band or music instructor in any educational or private setting, including development of a privately owned studio.

This program is offered in the following formats or locations:

Main Campus

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On-campus program disclosures      

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

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