Undergraduate Degrees in Music Education
The Bachelor of Music in Music Education program is designed for students who plan to teach music in the public schools and seek licensure as a qualified music teacher by a state department of public instruction. The program includes a balanced and sequential combination of courses and performance experiences designed to foster and develop skills as musicians and teachers, and to prepare students for successful careers in teaching. Students complete courses in music, music teaching techniques and general education studies to fulfill requirements for the K-12 Virginia music teaching license. Students who complete the undergraduate curriculum and state-prescribed tests select either choral/general music or instrumental music to qualify for the K-12 Virginia music teaching license. An instrumental jazz emphasis is available beginning in Fall 2014. Dual licensure (both choral/general and instrumental) is available for students who complete additional music education coursework. Licensure in other states is available through reciprocity agreements.
Undergraduate music education study begins in the first semester of enrollment. Students study the basic tenets of various music methodologies as an integral part of the curriculum. Throughout the academic year, lectures are supplemented with public school observations, field experience teaching, workshops and clinics. Numerous classroom instruments, recordings and printed materials are available for student use.
Music Education students with great interest in performance are encouraged to audition for the Shenandoah Conservatory Performance Certificate program. The program allows students to study additional repertoire in the applied lessons, perform recitals and receive documentation of advanced performance abilities (without pursuing dual degrees). Moreover, the completion of a performance certificate informs graduate schools and future employers of the student's advanced performance education and experience