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What can a music education degree do for you?
Do you want to share your love of music with budding musicians?
Then consider our music education degree. From your very first year, you'll spend time in K-12 classrooms, observing real-world techniques for teaching music to young people.
More than half of our music majors are pursuing a music education degree, and nearly 100 percent of them are employed or entering graduate school within six months of graduation.
You'll join a music department with a legacy of excellence stretching back more than 150 years. We attract high-caliber students and faculty who share a passion not only for music, but for learning from one another.
Think about your first music teacher—patient, knowledgeable, inspiring. Here, you can become that mentor to young musicians and fine-tune your musical and teaching skills.
From team teaching sixth-grade drummers to teaching toddlers in our Music Preparatory Program, you'll have many chances to observe and work with students. We have strong ties with local schools, where many of our alumni work as music teachers.
As a music education major, you'll also continue to develop as a musician, which is just as important to teaching others as studying education techniques.
You'll get to know your peers and professors well. Friendly competition will inspire you—and drive you to reach your full potential. You'll be challenged to broaden your musical comfort zone and grow as a musician, performer and creative thinker.
Students say we provide small-school advantages as well as big-school opportunities, as well as one of the best music departments in any liberal arts college in the country.
Get involved in our very active chapter of the Collegiate Music Educator National Conference (CMENC). You'll not only have the chance to bond and connect with fellow music education majors, but also network with other music educators in the state.
Bachelor of Music in Music Education. Susquehanna University believes that educators need to demonstrate professional knowledge and skills in the following four domains of teaching: (1) preparation and planning, (2) instruction and assessment, (3) creating a classroom environment of respect and rapport, and (4) professional responsibility. Collaborative programs between the university and area schools afford a variety of opportunities to develop and demonstrate professional knowledge and teaching skills. Candidates in the Bachelor of Music in music education degree complete the university Central Curriculum requirements plus the following courses with a minimum GPA of 3.00. Piano and organ concentrates must choose to follow the vocal emphasis or instrumental emphasis requirements. The major lesson is in piano or organ, with the major ensemble corresponding to the emphasis selected. Regardless of the emphasis selected, all piano and organ concentrates are required to take MUSC-039 Voice Class.
Each course below must be completed with a minimum grade of C-.
Music Theory & Ear Training
Graduates have gone on to graduate school at:
University of Florida
University of Southern Maine
Stony Brook University
University of North Texas
Cincinnati Conservatory of Music
Eastman School of Music
University of Michigan
New England Conservatory of Music
Peabody Institute of Music
Pennsylvania State University
Graduates have gone on to jobs at:
Milton Area High School
Atonement Lutheran Church
Staats Operette Dresden
University of North Texas College of Music
South Shore Symphony Orchestra
Pinellas Youth Symphony
University of Connecticut
Loyalsock Township School District
Stone Hill Middle School
Jumoke Academy Charter Schools
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
Choral ensembles provide students with unique musical experiences on and off campus.
The Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band perform a wide repertoire in a challenging and rewarding environment.
Pianists and organists perform in a range of solo, chamber, and large ensemble settings on the finest instruments.
A traditional big band and small combos appear at a variety of venues.
Small ensembles offer opportunities to study highly specialized literature.
The Opera Studio performs fully-staged productions with orchestra in addition to programs of opera scenes.
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theaters with orchestra pits
The program provides the surrounding communities with lifelong learning opportunities for professional music study and enrichment activities in an academic environment, including individual lessons in voice, piano, organ, and most band and orchestra instruments, along with group music classes for infants through adults.
The hallmark of the program is the rich collaboration among music faculty, music students, and the children and adults who take lessons and classes.Read More