Music Education at Messiah College
Become a successful music teacher through Messiah College's music education program.
If teaching music is your goal, then a degree from Messiah College’s renowned music education program is a definitely a step in the right direction. At Messiah, you'll excel in your own performing area while learning basic performing skills in keyboard, voice, and approximately 15 musical instruments.
You'll design music curricula, evaluate progress, and utilize recent technology including computer-assisted instruction—all within a Christian worldview and led by faculty mentors who are committed to your success. As a graduate of Messiah College’s music education program, you will be fully prepared for a rewarding career in vocal and instrumental music in grades K-12, church music, private teaching, performance, or other music-related careers.
Music education major distinctives
As a music education major at Messiah College, you’ll be able to:
- Present a senior recital and participate in professional recording projects.
- Develop leadership skills through courses in conducting and rehearsal direction.
- Enhance your performance styles by learning about the historical and cultural setting of individual composers and specific musical works.
- Gain direct performance experience through involvement in chapel, recitals, traveling ministries, theatre, and more.
- Take courses such as Sight Singing and Ear Training, History of Music, and Conducting.
- Achieve the technical and expressive skill needed to perform at an advanced level with your chosen instrument.
- Analyze music both visually and aurally and compose pieces that illustrate a variety of styles and forms.
- Join one of several music-related student organizations such as MENC (Music Educators' National Conference) student chapter, or ACDA (American Choral Directors' Association) student chapter.
Career options for music education majors
As a graduate of the music education program, students are equipped to secure positions such as:
- Choral directors
- Band directors
- Orchestra conductors
- Private teachers
- General music teacher
Internship and teaching opportunities for music education majors
Messiah helps place students in a variety of music education field placements. A few examples include:
- Observe and work with teachers and students in actual school settings.
- Work closely with public school teachers to gain classroom experience throughout the degree program.
Learn more about the Department of Music
- The newly constructed Calvin and Janet High Center of Worship and the Performing Arts (opened in January 2013) houses performance spaces, instrumental and choral rehearsal halls and outstanding practice facilities. Watch the video tour.
- 790-seat Parmer Hall (primary performance space) 150-seat Foundation Recital Hall
- 400-seat Miller Theatre for performances
- Professional- quality recording studio
- Laboratory for computer assisted instruction MIDI synthesizer, and an electric piano lab
- Instruments available for students' use include a large pipe organ located in Hostetter Chapel, several grand pianos (including the nine-foot Steinway D), a French double harpsichord and approximately 150 band and orchestra instruments.
- Students are encouraged to investigate the Contemporary Music Center in Nashville, Tenn. Credits taken during the one semester program at the Contemporary Music Center can be transferred for credit into the Messiah College program.