- Jason Lopez ’17
- Hometown: Paterson, NJ
- Major: Music Education
I want to be a high school band director and music teacher because I love kids, and I want to strive for excellence in music with both myself and my future students.
Music Education Hands-On Learning
Students who choose to major in music education at the University Mount Union will have ample opportunities to observe and teach in the classroom within a variety of educational settings. Getting involved in extracurricular opportunities and student organizations will better prepare you for a long range of plans in the field of education. Whether you want to be a teacher, administrator or professor, Mount Union will put you on the fast track to finding a rewarding career, equipped with all of the necessary skills, knowledge and experience.
Field experiences provide you the chance to go out into the classroom and gain practical experience, which is critical to finding a teaching job after graduation. Mount Union’s teacher candidates earn more than 600 clock hours in real classroom settings, observing, assisting and teaching. Because of these field experiences, you can find out not only know what does work in a classroom but also learn what does not work.
Performance groups are very popular at Mount Union and include a wide range of opportunities to fit a student’s interest and passion:
- Concert Choir
- Mount Union/Alliance Chorale
- Alliance Symphony Orchestra
- Marching and Concert Bands
- Brass Choir
- Clarinet Ensemble
- Opera Workshop
- Keyboard Ensemble
- Student Musicals
- Percussion Ensemble
- Jazz Band
- Flute Ensemble
- Women's Chorus
- Repertory Strings.
Auditions are scheduled for these performance groups at the beginning of each semester through the Department of Music.
Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) is an international honorary for education majors. KDP was founded in 1911 and promotes excellence in and recognizes outstanding contributions to education. Members of KDP exemplify worthy education ideals, express an intention of continuing in the field of education and show evidence of leadership abilities.
Student National Education Association (SNEA) is a student-led organization on Mount Union’s campus, and is open specifically for education majors.
Mu Phi Epsilon is a national music honorary.
Ohio Collegiate Music Educators Association has an affiliate chapter on Mount Union’s campus, developed specifically for music educators.