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Music Education

The University of Mount Union’s Bachelor of Music Education degree and license prepares students to work with children from grades K-12. As a music education major, you will study the history, theory, basic musicianship, and practical skills in the field. You will have the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of music courses and participate in a musical performance group. 

As you complete the degree requirements and curriculum for our CAEP accredited music education major program, you will be given many opportunities to perfect the craft of musical teaching including classroom preparation and field experiences at nearby schools. These are just a few of the many opportunities you will have to write original music plans, create a welcoming classroom environment, and share your passion of music with the younger generation. 

Music Education Major Quick Facts 

The music education major requires 100-105 credit hours of coursework specific to the major with an additional 32 credit hours for the University’s general education program, the Integrative Core. This allows students to explore areas of study outside their field of interest while developing essential leadership and communication skills that employers value. 

Music education majors have several opportunities to gain valuable hands-on experience in both musicianship and teaching, including:

  • Multiple field experiences and a semester of student teaching
  • Opportunities to attend on campus and regional conferences and professional development workshops
  • The opportunity to join over 15 performance groups including the Alliance Symphony Orchestra, the marching band, jazz band, the women’s chorus, repertory strings, and many more.

Mount Union’s Department of Education also has received numerous recognitions for the quality and caliber of its programs:  

  • The Department of Education was ranked #2 in Ohio, #6 in the Great Lakes region and #18 in the nation as a best value in College Factual’s 2018 rankings
  • Mount Union’s Department of Education programs were cited among institutions with the most popular and most focused programs
  • Mount Union has been recognized as a 2017-2018 Education College of Distinction

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As a music education major at the University of Mount Union, you will study the history, theory, basic musicianship and practical skills in the field. You will have the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of music courses as well as participate in a variety of music performing groups. In addition, you will be required to take education courses that will provide you with the foundations of the teaching profession.


  • Students will demonstrate the ability to select the best methods and materials for meeting the objectives of the learning experience.
  • Students will acquire and demonstrate the ability to compose and/or improvise at a basic level in one or more musical languages.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to build a conducive learning environment.
  • Students will become aware of diverse culture, develop curiosity about American society and about other societies and the art, and will acquire the ability to place music, including music of various cultures of the world, repertoires beyond the area of specialization, and music of their own time, in historical, cultural, and stylistic contexts.
  • Students will acquire an understanding of the common elements and organizational patterns of music and their interaction, and the ability to demonstrate this understanding in aural, verbal, and visual analysis.
  • Student will demonstrate a working knowledge of appropriate historical and stylistic performance practices.
  • Students will work independently and cooperatively on a variety of musical problems by combining their capabilities in performance; aural, verbal, and visual analysis; composition and improvisation; and history and repertoire.
  • Students will acquire and demonstrate keyboard competency.
  • Students will demonstrate the understanding of basic interrelationships and interdependencies among the various professions and activities that constitute the musical enterprise.
  • Students will acquire knowledge and skills sufficient to work as leaders and in collaboration on matters of musical interpretation, including rehearsal and conducting skills as appropriate to the particular music specialization and degree program.
  • Students will write and carry out lesson plans that clearly articulate the purpose and objective of each lesson.
  • Students will develop skills to become lifelong learners in the musical art, both as participants and as audience members.
  • Students will acquire and demonstrate sufficient understanding of musical forms, processes, and structures to use this knowledge in compositional, performance, scholarly, pedagogical, and historical contexts, as appropriate to their specialization and degree program.
  • Students will form and defend value judgments about music.
  • Students will acquire experience in a secondary performance area.
  • Students will acquire and demonstrate technical skills requisite for artistic self-expression in at least one primary performance area at a level appropriate for the particular music specialization and degree program, including an overview understanding of the repertoire in the primary performance area, an ability to perform from a cross-section of that repertoire, the ability to read at sight with fluency, and the ability to perform in a variety of solo and ensemble settings.
  • Students will acquire a basic overview understanding of how technology serves in the field of music as a whole and a working knowledge of the technological developments applicable to their area of specialization and degree program.

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