Music Education Emphasis
Are you a musician with an interest in developing your skills and studying music so that you can teach others? SPU's Music degree with an emphasis in Music Education offers a rich and rigorous foundation for teaching music.
With one of the strongest education schools in the state and a top-notch Music Department, we offer you an outstanding program to prepare you as a music teacher. A Music degree with an emphasis in Music Education will help you to hone your musical gifts while preparing you to share these gifts by teaching others. The Music degree also provides you with advanced study in music theory, history, and diverse music genres.
By choosing an emphasis in Music Education, you can prepare for a solid career with certification for teaching music to P–12 students, whether you choose to teach in public or private schools, in private studios, or in youth music-ministry contexts.
Music education classes include a sequential program with observation and experience in local schools, along with study of materials and methods that builds toward internships and careers in music education. Music coursework prepares you to take the state-required teaching tests for endorsements in choral/vocal, instrumental, and general music.
Major Courses and Degree Requirements
SPU's Education program is accredited at the state and national levels, and our graduates are among the most sought-after educators in the field. You'll benefit from a combination of class and field work, which includes opportunities for diverse experiences within public and private school settings in urban and suburban Seattle. Each component of the program is designed to sharpen your skills, develop your competence and character, and prepare you for teaching and service.
Undergraduate teacher candidates complete all requirements for a bachelor's degree in addition to the requirements for the P–12 Residency Teacher Certification Program. Music education students are prepared to meet endorsement requirements for choral/vocal, instrumental, and/or general music endorsements. Courses are specially designed to meet state education requirements while also addressing music areas of specialization, such as "Music in Special Education" and "Music Technology" courses.
As a Music major with a Music Education emphasis, you will follow an integrative approach to advanced musicianship. You will study music theory, aural skills, and music styles and history from early Middle Ages to the 21st century. You will study multicultural music, music composition, technology, instrumentation, and orchestration.
You will also have the opportunity to reflect on the integration of music and faith, as well as your sense of vocation, as you study in depth great works such as Bach's "St. Matthew Passion," Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis," Brahms' "German Requiem," and Mahler's "Resurrection Symphony." You will participate in large and small ensembles, performing classic repertoire, jazz, worship, and world music genres.
The minimum total quarter credits required for a major emphasis is 124. The minimum total quarter credits required for degree is 180.
Admission to the Major
You may apply to the Music major (PDF) after you have completed your freshman year at SPU. To be admitted to the major, you must have earned a 3.0 overall GPA and have decided upon your area of emphasis. Once admitted, you are required to maintain a 2.8 minimum GPA.
- Choral Director
- Church Youth Music Minister
- P–12 Music Teacher (Choral/Vocal, Instrumental, and General)
- Music Curriculum Designer
- Music Festival Coordinator
- Music Museum Education Director
- Music Professor
- Studio Music Teacher
Did You Know?
Director of Percussion Dan Adams repairs Civil War percussion instruments and makes them available for use by SPU music students.
Why I Teach at SPU
Ramona Holmes, Director and Professor of Music of Education
"It is a joy to teach music education with students who are called to serve. The SPU students are passionate about music and want to share their gifts with others. It is never difficult to place our students as interns and to help them find jobs because our students consider music education a calling, not just a job."