Music Education

Curriculum

teaching

Degree Concentrations

The Music Education/Classical Performance and Music Education/Jazz Performance degrees may be taken in one of two areas of concentration, instrumental or vocal, with placement dependent upon the student's major instrument. Students majoring in piano, organ, guitar, or voice pursue the vocal concentration while students majoring in brass, woodwind, string, or percussion pursue the instrumental concentration. All students receive a weekly 50 minute private lesson on their primary instrument and perform at the weekly recital hour.

The Bachelor of Music - Music Education/Classical Performance and Music Education/Jazz Performance degree programs are housed in the Music Department of the School of Arts and Communication. The department is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music and enjoys a reputation for excellence.

Four-Year Plans*

Music Education/Classical Performance

Instrumental Concentration: brass, woodwind, string, or percussion major
Vocal Concentration: piano, organ, guitar, or voice major

Music Education/Jazz Performance

Instrumental Concentration: brass, woodwind, string, or percussion major
Vocal Concentration: piano, organ, guitar, or voice major

* For students entering before Fall 2011, please see the four-year plans in the Student Handbook (available HERE).

The Teacher Certification Process

Students seeking teacher certification will work closely with the College of Education to complete the certification requirements. This includes general education coursework and pre-service field experiences in the New Jersey public schools, which are administered through the College of Education's K-12 Subject Area certification program. Each of these opportunities exposes prospective music teachers to different aspects of education and allows each to more fully develop teaching and organizational skills. Upon successful completion of all course work and field experiences, students passing the Praxis Exam receive a New Jersey teaching certificate for comprehensive music, grades K-12.

Post-Baccalaureate Certification

Students who have already completed an undergraduate degree in music may obtain their New Jersey teacher certification (Subject Matter K-12 in Music) through the Graduate School of Education at William Paterson University. Students desiring to enter this program should contact the Office of Graduate Admissions for application information and also speak with the Director of Music Education.