Music Education at Messiah College
Become a successful music teacher through Messiah College's music education degree.
If teaching music is your goal, then the music education degree is the program for you. The Bachelor of Science degree in music education provides you with comprehensive training in curriculum, teaching practice, and performance to prepare you to teach vocal, instrumental and general music in K-12 public and private schools.
After selecting a vocal or instrumental music education track, you'll prepare to teach others while also honing your own performance skills. Then, you'll work with teachers who are at the top of their professions to participate in field experiences that give you practical, hands-on involvement with students from a variety of backgrounds.
As a graduate of Messiah College’s music education degree, you will be fully prepared for a rewarding career in vocal and instrumental music in grades K-12.
Music education major distinctives
With a music education degree from Messiah College, you’ll be able to:
with public school children, grades K-12, from a variety of cultural and
- Perform in recitals and ensembles that often lead to professional recording projects.
- Develop leadership skills in student organizations and chamber music ensembles.
- Gain direct performance experience through involvement in chapel, recitals, traveling ministries, theatre and more.
- Take courses in the music core such as Sight Singing and Ear Training, History of Music, Music Theory and Conducting that help build musical skills.
- Work closely with professional performers in applied study.
- Analyze music that illustrates a variety of styles and forms.
- Join professional organizations such as National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and American Choral Directors' Association (ACDA).
- Attend professional conferences.
- Integrate your music philosophy with your Christian faith.
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.