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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-.

Semester Hours View Full Course Catalog >>

12        Music Literature

2 MUSC-152 Survey of World Music
4 MUSC-245 The Music of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Eras
4 MUSC-250 The Music of the Classic and Romantic Eras
2 MUSC-350 20th-Century Music

16        Music Theory

2 MUSC-161 Theory I: Diatonic Harmony
2 MUSC-162 Theory II: Chromatic Harmony
2 MUSC-163 Ear Training I
2 MUSC-164 Ear Training II
2 MUSC-261 Theory III: Advanced Tonal Harmony
2 MUSC-262 Theory IV: Form and Analysis
2 MUSC-263 Ear Training III
2 MUSC-363 Theory V: Modality, Set Theory and Serialism

38        Education

4 EDUC-250 Educational Psychology
4 EDUC-350 English Language Learners: Theory and Instruction
2 MUED-200 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Public School Education and Music Education
2 MUED-339 Public School Music I: Foundation, Standards and Curriculum
2 MUED-340 Public School Music II: Assessment, Inclusion and Practicum
2 MUED-345 Instrumental Music Education Methods and Practicum
2 MUED-351 Choral Music Education Methods and Practicum
4 MUED-355 Music for Exceptional Children

0*      MUED-400:01 Student Teaching

4*      MUED-400:02 Classroom Performance

4*      MUED-400:03 Classroom Management

4*      MUED-400:04 Preparation and Planning

2*      MUED-405 Student Teaching Seminar

2        MUED-406 Organization and Administration of Public School Music

(*indicates capstone)

4          Conducting

2        MUSC-369 Beginning Conducting

2        MUSC-371 Instrumental Conducting (instrumental emphasis)

2        MUSC-372 Choral Conducting (vocal emphasis)

31-34     Applied Music and Other Courses

              (Vocal emphasis 31 SH; Instrumental emphasis 34 SH)

14        Major Lesson (seven semesters)

1          MUSC-034 Piano Class I (not required of keyboard concentrates)

1          MUSC-035 Piano Class II (not required of keyboard concentrates)

1          MUSC-037 Piano Class III

1          MUSC-038 Piano Technique (for piano concentrates only)

1          MUSC-039 Voice Class (instrumental and keyboard concentrates)

1 MUED-040 Brass Class I
1 MUED-041 Woodwind Class I
1 MUED-042 String Class I
1 MUED-043 Percussion Class

1        MUED-046 Brass Class II (instrumental emphasis)

1        MUED-047 Woodwind Class II (instrumental emphasis)

1        MUED-048 String Class II (instrumental emphasis)

2-3   MUSC-066 Collaborative Piano (keyboard concentrates only) (third semester for keyboard concentrates who are exempt from MUSC-037)

1        MUSC-077 Training Ensemble

1        MUSC-084 Diction I (vocal emphasis)

7       Large Ensemble (seven semesters)

0       MUSC-503 Half Recital

0       MUSC-555 Forum (seven semesters)

Brass

Tyler Ogilvie

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Horn

emailogilvie@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4281

Eric L. Hinton

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Director of Bands
Trumpet
Conducting

emailhinton@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4296

Kevin Henry

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Trombone

emailhenryk@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4281

Eric Henry

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Tuba
Euphonium

emailhenryeric@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4281

Composition

Joshua Davis

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Bass
Theory & Composition
Jazz Band

emaildavisj@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4286

Patrick A. Long

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Theory & Composition
Music Technology

emaillongp@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4289

Conducting

Gregory Grabowski

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Conducting
Music Education
Orchestra

emailgrabowski@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4287

Eric L. Hinton

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Director of Bands
Trumpet
Conducting

emailhinton@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4296

Ensembles

Joshua Davis

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Bass
Theory & Composition
Jazz Band

emaildavisj@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4286

Gregory Grabowski

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Conducting
Music Education
Orchestra

emailgrabowski@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4287

Eric L. Hinton

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Director of Bands
Trumpet
Conducting

emailhinton@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4296

David Steinau

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Music Department Chair
Voice

emailsteinau@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4285

Jason Douglas Vodicka

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Ensembles
Coordinator of Music Education

emailvodicka@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4536

Chris Hoster

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:

emailhoster@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4295

Keyboard

Vic Boris

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Music History
Piano

emailboris@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4281

Marcos Krieger

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Organ & Harpsicord
Music History
Ear Training

emailkriegerm@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4292

Naomi Niskala

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Piano
Music Theory

emailniskala@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4152

Diane Scott

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Class Piano

emailscottd@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4291

Jaime Namminga

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:

emailnamminga@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4781

Music Education

Gregory Grabowski

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Conducting
Music Education
Orchestra

emailgrabowski@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4287

Eric L. Hinton

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Director of Bands
Trumpet
Conducting

emailhinton@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4296

Gail B. Levinsky

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Saxophone
Music Education

emailgblevinsky@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4266

Jason Douglas Vodicka

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Ensembles
Coordinator of Music Education

emailvodicka@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4536

Chris Hoster

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:

emailhoster@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4295

Music History

Gary Boerckel

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Music History

emailboerckel@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4281

Vic Boris

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Music History
Piano

emailboris@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4281

Joshua Davis

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Bass
Theory & Composition
Jazz Band

emaildavisj@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4286

Marcos Krieger

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Organ & Harpsicord
Music History
Ear Training

emailkriegerm@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4292

Patrick A. Long

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Theory & Composition
Music Technology

emaillongp@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4289

Marcus Smolensky

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Viola
Music History

emailsmolensky@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4281

Music Technology

Patrick A. Long

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Theory & Composition
Music Technology

emaillongp@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4289

Music Theory & Ear Training

Joshua Davis

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Bass
Theory & Composition
Jazz Band

emaildavisj@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4286

Marcos Krieger

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Organ & Harpsicord
Music History
Ear Training

emailkriegerm@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4292

Naomi Niskala

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Piano
Music Theory

emailniskala@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4152

Patrick A. Long

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Theory & Composition
Music Technology

emaillongp@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4289

Jaime Namminga

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:

emailnamminga@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4781

Corrine Byrne

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:

emailbyrnec@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4474

Percussion

Greg Alico

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Percussion

emailalico@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4281

Strings

Jennifer Sacher Wiley

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Violin

emailjswiley@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4290

Marcus Smolensky

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Viola
Music History

emailsmolensky@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4281

Andrew Rammon

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Cello

emailrammon@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4281

Joshua Davis

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Bass
Theory & Composition
Jazz Band

emaildavisj@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4286

Ruth Hunter

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Harp

emailhunterruth@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4281

Jay Umble

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:

emailumble@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4281

Voice

Jeffrey Fahnestock

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Voice

emailfahnesto@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4773

Dianna Grabowski

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Voice

emailgrabowskid@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4281

David Steinau

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Music Department Chair
Voice

emailsteinau@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4285

Nina Tober

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Voice

emailtober@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4424

Judith White

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Voice

email jwhite@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4782

Corrine Byrne

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:

emailbyrnec@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4474

Woodwinds

Leslie Cullen

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Flute

emailcullenleslie@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4281

Megan Carraher

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Oboe

emailcarraher@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4281

Colleen Hartung

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Clarinet

emailhartung@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4281

Gail B. Levinsky

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Saxophone
Music Education

emailgblevinsky@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4266

Elizabeth Massey

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Bassoon

emailmassey@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4281

Staff

Sara Adams

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:

emailadamss@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4309

Juliann E Boggs

Department: Provost
Areas of Specialty:

emailboggsj@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4281

Graduates have gone on to graduate school at:

University of Florida
University of Southern Maine
Stony Brook University
University of North Texas
Boston University
Cincinnati Conservatory of Music
Drexel University
Eastman School of Music
Indiana University
University of Michigan
New England Conservatory of Music
Northwestern University
Peabody Institute of Music
Pennsylvania State University
Temple University
Yale University

Graduates have gone on to jobs at:

Milton Area High School
Temple University
Widener University
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
Utah Opera

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Performance Opportunities

Choral

Choral ensembles provide students with unique musical experiences on and off campus.

Instrumental

The Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band perform a wide repertoire in a challenging and rewarding environment.

Keyboard

Pianists and organists perform in a range of solo, chamber, and large ensemble settings on the finest instruments.

Jazz

A traditional big band and small combos appear at a variety of venues.

Chamber Music

Small ensembles offer opportunities to study highly specialized literature.

Opera

The Opera Studio performs fully-staged productions with orchestra in addition to programs of opera scenes.

2

percussion rooms

32

music practice rooms

2

theaters with orchestra pits

Music Preparatory Program for Children and Adults

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.

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Music Prep

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Department of Music

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Selinsgrove, Pa. 17870

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Phone & Email

570-372-4281
Admissions and auditions: adamss@susqu.edu
General information: boggsj@susqu.edu

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