Students who earn a bachelor of music with a major in music education at Elmhurst are licensed to teach music in grades K through 12 in Illinois and most other states. Major strengths of this program include opportunities to participate in conducting master classes and to teach in Jamaican schools. In addition to providing future teachers with a solid foundation in music skills and in directing choral and instrumental ensembles, the program prepares you to help your students make sound aesthetic judgments and participate professionally in this field.
Requirements for the Major
Music education majors are required to participate in a major performing ensemble (concert band, choir, or orchestra) for every term of full-time enrollment. MUS 369, Conducting I, must be taken in residence at Elmhurst College.
Procedures and requirements for admission to teacher education, admission to student teaching, state licensure testing, and course sequence may be obtained from the director of music education. Students are required to pass the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency to be admitted to a licensure program, the appropriate contact area test prior to the student teaching semester, and the APT (Assessment of Professional Teaching) test prior to program completion. See Admission to Teacher Education.
General Education Courses
English Composition (two courses)
KIN 200 Lifestyle for Health and Wellness (.50 credit)
Music (A minimum of sixteen full course credits are required in music)
Music Theory: MUS 135, 136, 235, 236
Music History: MUS 343, 344
Conducting: MUS 369, 370, 389
Applied music: six terms for credit on same instrument or voice
Band, Orchestra, or Choir: one each term, with or without credit
Education and Psychology
EDU 104 American Education
SEC 200 Introductory Seminar to Teaching as a Caring Profession (.50 credit)
SEC 223 Education of PK-12 Learners with Exceptionalities
SEC 300 Intermediate Seminar for Teaching Diverse and Inclusive Schools (.25 credit)
SEC 311/PSY 311 Educational Psychology
SEC 421 Theory and Practice for Building Academic Literacies in K-12 Classrooms
SEC 450 Advanced Seminar in Teacher Collaboration and Professional Practice (.25 credit)
MUS 222 Functional Class Piano II, or a "pass" on the Keyboard Proficiency Exam must be completed in residence at Elmhurst College prior to student teaching.
MUS 251, 252, 253, 254, 255; two from MUS 256, 257, 260, 335, 353 technique courses
MUS 258 Technology for Music Educators (.25 credit)
MUS 150 Principles and Procedures in Music Education
MUS 362 Instrumental and Choral Ensembles
MUS 366 Teaching of K-12 Classroom Music
MUS 457 Student Teaching in Music (150 hours of clinical experience are required prior to student teaching)
A student must earn at least a 2.75 general grade-point average and a 2.75 grade-point average in the music major.