Choral Voice Music Education Degree

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

Offered By: College of Arts and Media

Earn Your Choral Voice Music Education Degree from GCU

Music is a universal language that transcends boundaries and borders, and music education is a vital component in a well-rounded curriculum. If you aspire to share your love of music with future students and to inspire them to strive for new heights, a choral music education degree can help you pursue your goal. The Bachelor of Arts in Music Education: Choral Voice degree program at Grand Canyon University (GCU) blends theory and instruction with hands-on, immersive practices. You will develop your own creative talents while you learn how to educate the next generation.

Offered by the College of Arts and Media, this choral music education degree program for aspiring choral educators includes an intensive, skill-oriented curriculum that empowers you to combine passion with purpose. You will explore advanced choral and voice techniques, examine the latest in music and classroom technology, learn how to use assessment strategies and dive into educational psychology theories. The GCU campus allows you the opportunity to learn beyond the classroom. In this degree program, you will regularly participate in choral groups and are encouraged to participate in the Ethington Theatre Series.

The BA in music education at GCU is aligned with the standards of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC). Students pursuing teacher licensure are required to complete practicum hours, state exams and a student teaching experience, in order to obtain an institutional recommendation from GCU. All music education degree program applicants are required to undergo an audition and to complete a music theory assessment. Performance scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis and applicants are encouraged to audition early.

Learn the Foundations of Teaching and Choral Voice Techniques in Music

Students who graduate from this choral music education degree program will have the knowledge and skills they need to successfully instruct students in K-12 music settings. While becoming competent with instructional and assessment methods, you will develop your own creative talent and become a confident performer. Opportunities for public and solo recitals are embedded throughout the curriculum, along with required private instruction for a rigorous, immersive experience.

In courses such as Choral Literature for Music Educators, Educational Psychology and Advanced Conducting, you will examine the following topic areas:

  • Composers and choral literature for K-12 settings, with a look at common performance and teaching problems
  • Theories and principles of psychology that have influenced instructional practices, including behavioral and cognitive approaches to learning
  • Advanced techniques of conducting, including score reading, artistic interpretation, rehearsal techniques and programming
  • The integration of music technologies into the curriculum to foster inquiry, collaboration and interaction in a diverse classroom

In addition, all students are required to complete an eight-week student teaching experience in an elementary classroom and an eight-week student teaching experience in a secondary classroom.

Pursue a Career in Music Education as a Choral Teacher

According to the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), students enrolled in music education benefit from better memory retention, language, reasoning and emotional development. As an aspiring choral educator, you may one day share your love of music with others and inspire your students to work toward lifelong personal and professional success.

Graduates with a BA in Music Education - Choral: Voice will be prepared to pursue a career as a certified K-12 music teacher in public or private schools. Some graduates may choose to open their own private music studios or music instruction businesses.

This choral music education degree leads to initial teacher licensure. You are expected to understand the specific licensure requirements for the state in which you plan to teach.

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TOTAL CREDITS & COURSE LENGTH:
Total Credits: 130
Campus: 15 weeks
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TRANSFER CREDITS:
Up to 90 credits, only 84 can be lower division
TUITION RATE:
Campus: $8,250 per semester [More Info]

BA in Music Education: Choral Voice Degree FAQs

Offered by the College of Arts and Media, our degree in music education for aspiring choral educators is offered on campus. Graduates will gain a competitive edge by collaborating during in-person classes, leading you to initial teacher licensure.

Progressing musicians who decide to pursue a music education degree at GCU gain exceptional knowledge in our choral music education program. For those in post-secondary fine arts education careers, there is a median annual wage of approximately $69,690 as of 2020,1 making this degree program well worth your efforts.

Depending on your area of specialization, perseverance and dedication, a BA in music education is both challenging and aspiring for musicians, especially for those with very little prior music experience. A degree in music education is essential for employment in the music industry as well as building well-rounded musicians.

GCU’s Bachelor of Arts in Music Education degree with a focus on choral voice will prepare you for a career as a highly qualified choral music teacher. You will learn how to use music to inspire your students to improve their vocal performance. Our BA in choral music education will prepare you for a career as a:

  • Postsecondary education teacher
  • Postsecondary art, drama and music teacher
  • Middle school teacher (excluding career/technical education)
  • Secondary school teacher (excluding career/technical education)

Music education degree students are typically creative individuals who thrive when allowed to use their artistic background. If teaching music is not your end goal, rest assured that computer programming, freelance work and even law schools look favorably on applicants with a music degree, due to their scientific mind, creativity and innovative character. Additionally, about 28% of musical directors were self-employed during 2019.2

Disclaimer

1 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Art, Drama and Music Teachers as of May 2020. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may also impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the BLS. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers from across the country with varying levels of education and experience and does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates as art, drama and music teachers. It does not reflect workers’ earnings in one city or region of the country. It also does not reflect a typical entry-level salary. The median income is the statistical midpoint for the range of salaries in a specific occupation. It represents what you would earn if you were paid more money than half the workers in an occupation and less than half the workers in an occupation. It may give you a basis to estimate what you might earn at some point if you enter this career. You may also wish to compare median salaries if you are considering more than one career path.

2 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as well. Accordingly, the data shown is based on September 2021, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Music Directors and Composers, retrieved in July 2022. 

Course List

General Education Requirements:
34-40 credits
Major:
90 credits
Open Elective Credits:
0-6 credits
Degree Requirements:
130 credits

General Education Requirements

General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University’s General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.

Requirements

Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.

Course Options

  • UNV-103, University Success: 4
  • UNV-303, University Success: 4

Requirements

Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.

Course Options

  • ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
  • UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
  • ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
  • COM-263, Elements of Intercultural Communication: 4

Requirements

Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.

Course Options

  • CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
  • CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4

Requirements

Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments. Students are required to take 3 credits of college mathematics or higher.

Course Options

  • MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4

Requirements

Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.

Course Options

  • PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
  • INT-244, World Religions: 4
  • SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4

Required General Education Courses

Course Description

This writing-intensive course is a survey of music from primitive times to the mid-18th century. It presents the growth of music in the Middle Ages and Renaissance through the contrapuntal schools, culminating in the work of J. S. Bach and the development of opera and oratorio during the Baroque period. Prerequisite: MUS-125.

Course Description

This writing-intensive course is a survey of music from the mid-l8th century to modern times. Study is devoted to the rise of homophonic music, the art song, the nationalistic schools, and the principal composers of the classical, romantic, and contemporary periods. Prerequisite: MUS-355.

Core Courses

Course Description

This course is a study in rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic dictation; basic keyboard performance; and sight singing. Computer-assisted ear training is utilized. Study is devoted to the structure of music which includes harmony, melody, form, and rhythm. Skill development in analysis and composition is emphasized. The music of the “common practice period” will be studied. Prerequisite: Theory Placement Examination.

Course Description

This course is designed as class instruction for students with limited or no previous piano training. Instruction includes the study of piano technique and literature designed to pass Part I of the Piano Proficiency Examination.

Course Description

This course is the private applied study required for music majors in their major instrument or area. Prerequisite: Instructor or Music Department Approval.

Course Description

This course emphasizes skill development through analysis and composition. Prerequisite: MUS-125.

Course Description

This course is a continuation of MUS-102. It includes passing Part II of the Piano Proficiency Examination. Prerequisite: MUS-102 or Music Department approval.

Course Description

Students will study and utilize a variety of music technologies such as computer software, hardware, networking, multimedia, interactive media, and the Internet in order to foster inquiry, collaboration, and interaction in classroom to meet the needs of a diverse student population.

Course Description

This course is the private applied study required for music majors in their major instrument or area. Prerequisite: Instructor or Music Department Approval.

Course Description

This course emphasizes advanced rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic dictation; basic keyboard performance; and sight singing. Computer-assisted ear training is utilized. Music examples are selected from Bach through Wagner. This course also includes an advanced study in analysis and part writing utilizing modulation and chromatic harmony. Prerequisite: MUS-155.

Course Description

This course is class instruction for students with limited or no previous voice training. Content includes the study of vocal skills for personal performance and beginning voice instruction.

Course Description

This course is designed to provide both practical and theoretical information relating to the pedagogy and performance of string instruments. Students will learn similarities and differences between standard instruments while beginning to develop physical techniques required to play them. Students will learn pedagogical skills necessary for teaching instruments to others, including a survey and critique of standard literature for each instrument. Practicum/field experience hours: 2. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

This course is designed to provide both practical and theoretical information relating to the pedagogy and performance of brass instruments. Students will learn similarities and differences between standard instruments while beginning to develop physical techniques required to play them. Students will learn pedagogical skills necessary for teaching instruments to others, including a survey and critique of standard literature for each instrument. Practicum/field experience hours: 2. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

This course is a continuation of MUS-103. It includes passing Part III of the Piano Proficiency Examination. Prerequisite: MUS-103 or Music Department approval.

Course Description

This course is the private applied study required for music majors in their major instrument or area. Prerequisite: Instructor or Music Department Approval.

Course Description

In this course, candidates identify the developmental milestones of children, prenatal to adolescence. Students examine the progression of these milestones in all areas of development, including psychological, social, emotional, linguistic, cognitive, and physical. Additional focus is placed on typical and atypical child development, and analyzing the effects of environment, trauma, and family dynamics on the development progression. Practicum/field experience hours: None. Fingerprint clearance not required.

Course Description

This course is a continuation of MUS-202. It includes passing Part IV of the Piano Proficiency Examination. Prerequisite: MUS-202 or Music Department approval.

Course Description

This course is designed to provide both practical and theoretical information relating to the pedagogy and performance of woodwinds instruments. Students will learn similarities and differences between standard instruments while beginning to develop physical techniques required to play them. Students will learn pedagogical skills necessary for teaching instruments to others, including a survey and critique of standard literature for each instrument. Practicum/field experience hours: 2. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

This course is designed to provide both practical and theoretical information relating to the pedagogy and performance of percussion instruments. Students will learn similarities and differences between standard instruments while beginning to develop physical techniques required to play them. Students will learn pedagogical skills necessary for teaching instruments to others, including a survey and critique of standard literature for each instrument. Practicum/field experience hours: 2. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

This course considers choral literature, publishers, and composers, arrangers, and their styles through study of techniques and literature for rehearsing and conducting choral music in the schools. Common performance and teaching obstacles encountered are addressed via examination and analysis of prevailing pedagogies for choral ensembles, including performance techniques, score preparation, rehearsal techniques, programming, and the administration of a choral program. Practicum/field experience hours: 20. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

This course is the private applied study required for music majors in their major instrument or area. Prerequisite: Instructor or Music Department Approval.

Course Description

This course is a study of the fundamentals and techniques of conducting. Emphasis is placed on basic conducting skills, fundamentals of baton technique, left hand technique, non-verbal communication, leadership, conducting terminology, transpositions, and score reading. Techniques of score study, artistic interpretation, and programming will be explored. Prerequisite: MUS-155.

Course Description

This course is a beginning study of developing and conducting a music program in the schools—focusing on pedagogy, curriculum, and assessment. Methods, materials, topics, and issues in music education will be examined. Sample activities implemented within each grade level will be studied and associated lesson plans prepared. Classroom observations to examine a variety of music-teaching situations are required. Practicum/field experience hours: 25. Fingerprint clearance required. Prerequisite: MED-260 or MED-261.

Course Description

This course is the private applied study required for music majors in their major instrument or area. Prerequisite: Instructor or Music Department Approval.

Course Description

In this writing intensive course, teacher candidates study how to teach a diverse population of students by examining the foundations and dimensions of social justice in education, social constructs, privilege, prejudice, and oppression with the goal of becoming culturally competent educators.

Course Description

This course is an advanced study of developing and conducting a music program in the schools—focusing on pedagogy, curriculum, and assessment. Methods, materials, topics, and issues in music education will be examined. Sample activities implemented within each grade level will be studied and associated lesson plans prepared. Classroom observations to examine a variety of music-teaching situations are required. Practicum/field experience hours: 25. Fingerprint clearance required. Prerequisite: MED-375.

Course Description

This course is a study and application of techniques of scoring and arranging music for various instrumental and vocal ensembles. Programmatic technology requirements apply, as outlined in the University Policy Handbook. Prerequisite: MUS-260 or WSA-301.

Course Description

This course is the private applied study required for music majors in their major instrument or area. Prerequisite: Instructor or Music Department Approval.

Course Description

This capstone course provides students an opportunity to develop their skills in an area of interest. Students will complete an independent project under faculty supervision.

Course Description

Teacher candidates are introduced to the educational needs of students with mild to moderate disabilities and their families, including the definitions, characteristics, prevalence, causes and educational approaches to these disabilities and other exceptionalities. Teacher candidates will identify cognitive, linguistic, social and emotional patterns of learning and development for students with mild to moderate disabilities. Teacher candidates also survey the special education process involving the application of various laws and regulations. Practicum/field experience hours: None. Fingerprint clearance not required.

Course Description

This course is a survey of the Arizona constitution and government. It meets the teacher certification requirement for Arizona government.

Course Description

In this course, teacher candidates examine the fundamentals of the legal, historical, and educational foundations of Structured English Immersion (SEI) and other instructional programs for English language learners. Theoretical principles of language acquisition and the role of culture in learning are examined. Methods of assessment are identified and analyzed. Teacher candidates identify strategies to promote English language development and improve student achievement. Through Universal Design for Learning they plan, deliver, and evaluate standards-based instruction for English language learners. Practicum/field experience hours: 15. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

This course provides class instruction for students with limited or no previous guitar training. Instruction includes the study of guitar technique and is designed to prepare worship leaders to perform with basic guitar skill and to understand strategies of guitar playing in worship ensembles. Various guitar techniques and performance styles are explored, with an emphasis on popular music genres.

Course Description

A formal, public recital, sponsored by the music department, in which the student presents a solo recital of a length and format appropriate to the major. The recital may consist solely of performance or may be in the form of a lecture-recital. The recital is to be given in the student's final semester of residency. Students must pass a formal hearing prior to final approval of the recital presentation. Co-Requisite: The student must concurrently be enrolled in the appropriate level of private instruction.

Course Description

This course is the private applied study required for music majors in their major instrument or area. Prerequisite: Instructor or Music Department Approval.

Course Description

Teacher candidates are required to fulfill an 8-week internship experience in a classroom with a certified, experienced teacher. The semester includes the opportunity to improve skills in classroom management, assessment, and professional preparation, and to utilize applicable content standards and Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards within the classroom. All paperwork for student teaching must be submitted by the due date the semester prior to student teaching. Prerequisites: for A: Fingerprint Clearance and one of the following combinations: 1) Successful completion of all courses in the Program of Study, a 2.8 GPA, and approval and placement by the Office of Field Experience and Certification; or 2) Successful completion of all courses in POS and content area; senior status; a 2.8 GPA; successful completion of state mandated basic skills and content area exams or Praxis I ® (Basic Skills) and Praxis II ® (Content Area); Arizona residents will be required to take the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments (AEPA).

Course Description

Teacher candidates are required to fulfill an 8-week internship experience in a classroom with a certified, experienced teacher. The semester includes the opportunity to improve skills in classroom management, assessment, and professional preparation, and to utilize applicable content standards and Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards within the classroom. All paperwork for student teaching must be submitted by the due date the semester prior to student teaching. Prerequisites: for B: Fingerprint Clearance and one of the following combinations: 1) Successful completion of all courses in the Program of Study, a 2.8 GPA, and approval and placement by the Office of Field Experience and Certification; or 2) Successful completion of all courses in POS and content area; senior status; a 2.8 GPA; successful completion of state mandated basic skills and content area exams or Praxis I ® (Basic Skills) and Praxis II ® (Content Area); Arizona residents will be required to take the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments (AEPA).

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