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 at Messiah College, one of the top private Christian colleges in the U.S., is the program for you. The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) 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.
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.
Program emphasisAfter selecting a vocal or instrumental music education track, you'll prepare to teach others while also honing your own performance skills. You’ll 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.
You will 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. All courses are taught with a Christian worldview by professors who want to see each student grow in faith and insight, specifically with regard to a career as a music teacher.
Performance and learning opportunitiesYou will perform in recitals and ensembles that often lead to professional recording projects and have the opportunity to develop leadership skills in student organizations and chamber music ensembles. You may even wish to join professional organizations such as National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and American Choral Directors' Association (ACDA).