Music Education

Teaching a new melody

If you wish to teach classroom music or direct school music groups, Maranatha’s fully-accredited program provides the Music Education major with the background needed for excellent music teaching in public or private schools. A Music Education degree from Maranatha also gives you quality preparation for acceptance into graduate school.

With a degree from Maranatha, you’ll be equipped to minister through music wherever the Lord leads you. Why settle for less than the best in music education?

“My favorite part of teaching at Maranatha is the opportunities I have to teach and live out my faith.” – Dr. Michelle Clater, Faculty

Important Links

These links will get you started on your way to becoming a music educator!


Our faculty knows music

Dr. Rick Townsend came to Maranatha in 1996 to direct the music teacher education and instrumental music programs, and now has more than 35 years of music teaching experience.

He has taught all levels of music in public and Christian schools. This includes early childhood music and movement classes, elementary general music, keyboard, secondary band and choir, college instrumental, and adult community groups.

Read more about Dr. Townsend.



Teacher licensure program

Teacher education students at Maranatha can choose to follow a licensure program that will allow them to teach in the public school setting. The license program requires two teaching placements and a full semester of student teaching.

Once students have completed the program, they will be eligible to apply for a teaching license through the Department of Public Instruction.

Click here for more information on teacher licensing.


Your potential career

  • High school music teacher
  • Choir director
  • Band conductor
  • Traveling musician

Your potential schedule (Piano track)

Fall Spring 
Introduction to Sociology3Foundations of Education2
Piano Pedagogy 12General Psychology3
Introductory Music Seminar0Piano Pedagogy 22
Basic Music Literature3Piano Freshman Fieldwork0.25
Aural Skills Foundations2Harmony 12
Primary Proficiency Lesson1Primary Proficiency Lesson1
Secondary Proficiency Lesson1Secondary Proficiency Lesson1
Performing Group0.5Performing Group0.5
Repertoire0Repertoire0
Old or New Testament Survey3Freshman Platform0
English Composition 13Secondary Proficiency Test0
Keyboard Skills 1 (Remedial)1
Old or New Testament Survey3
English Composition 23
Fall Spring 
Developmental Psychology3Sophomore Fieldwork0
Piano Pedagogy 3 (if choosing this course)2Instructional Media and Technology3
Sophomore Student Teaching 10.5The Exceptional Child3
Intermediate Aural Skills1Keyboard Literature (if choosing this course)-2
Harmony 22Sophomore Student Teaching 20.5
Introduction to Music Technology2Early Childhood Movement and Music1
Primary Proficiency Lesson1Hymnplaying 11
Performing Group0.5Piano Sophomore Fieldwork0.25
Repertoire0Harmony 32
Keyboard Skills 2 (Remedial)1Primary Proficiency Lesson1
Christian Life and Leadership3Performing Group0.5
The Modern World3Repertoire0
Sophomore Platform0
Keyboard Skills 3 (Remedial)1
Life or Physical Science Elective3
Baptist Heritage3
Fall Spring 
Human Relations3Junior Practicum0
Hymnplaying 21Classroom Management2
Junior Student Teaching 10.5Introduction to Winds1
Advanced Aural Skills1Junior Student Teaching 20.5
Harmony 42Middle Childhood Movement and Music2
Elementary Conducting2Form and Analysis2
Music History Course2Advanced Conducting2
Primary Proficiency Lesson1Music History Course2
Performing Group0.5Counterpoint2
Repertoire0Primary Proficiency Lesson1
Keyboard Skills 4 (Remedial)1Performing Group0.5
Bible Doctrine 1 or 23Repertoire0
Fundamentals of Public Speaking2Bible Doctrine 1 or 23
Fall Spring  
Educational Assessment2Education Seminar0
Orchestration2Pre-Student Teaching Portfolio Review0
Music History Course2Educational Psychology3
Piano Pedagogy Practicum1Senior Student Teaching 20.5
Senior Student Teaching 10.5Music History Course2
Primary Proficiency Lesson1Primary Proficiency Lesson with
Performing Group0.5Senior Recital1
Repertoire0Performing Group0.5
Bible Elective3Repertoire0
Life or Physical Science Elective3Bible Elective3
Humanities Elective3
Literature Elective3
FallCredits
Supervised Student Teaching-License12
Post-ST Portfolio Review0
Summer 
Upper Level Status0
Know Early Child Music & Movmnt"1
Know Middle Child Music & Movmnt"1
Summer 
American Studies Elective3
Math Elective3
Know Middle Child Music & Movmnt1

Your potential career (Choral track)

Fall Spring 
Introduction to Sociology3Foundations of Education2
Introdutory Music Seminar0General Psychology3
Aural Skills Foundations2Introduction to Winds1
Basic Music Literature3Harmony 12
Introduction to Music Technology2Primary Proficiency Lesson1
Primary Proficiency Lesson1Secondary Proficiency Requirement1
Secondary Proficiency Requirement1Performing Group0.5
Performing Group0.5Old or New Testament Survey3
Repertoire0English Composition 23
Old or New Testament Survey3
English Composition 13
Fall Spring 
Developmental Psychology3Sophomore Fieldwork0
Intermediate Aural Skills1Human Relations3
Harmony 22The Exceptional Child3
Primary Proficiency Lesson1Harmony 32
Performing Group0.5Primary Proficiency Lesson1
Repertoire0Performing Group0.5
Christian Life and Leadership3Repertoire0
Literature Elective3Baptist Heritage3
The Modern World3Fundamentals of Public Speaking2
Physical Science Elective3
Fall Spring 
Upper Level Status0Junior Practicum0
Middle Childhood Music & Movement2Instructional Media & Technology3
Methods Course61Early Childhood Music & Movement1
Harmony 42Methods Course61
Music History Course2Counterpoint2
Elementary Conducting2Music History course2
Orchestration2Advanced Conducting2
Form and Analysis2Prim. Prof Lesson with Junior Recital1
Advanced Aural Skills1Performing Group0.5
Primary Proficiency Lesson1Repertoire0
Performing Group0.5Bible Doctrine 1 or 23
Repertoire0Math Elective3
Bible Doctrine 1 or 23
Fall Spring 
Classroom Management2Educational Psychology3
Instrumental Classroom Methods1Education Seminar0
Music Program Administration2Pre-ST Portfolio Review0
Choral Methods Course1Educational Assessment2
Music History Course2Methods Course1
Primary Proficiency Lesson1Choral Classroom Methods1
Performing Group0.5Choral Methods Course2
Repertoire0Music History Course2
Bible Elective3Prim. Prof Lesson with Senior Recital1
Humanities Elective3Performing Group0.5
Life Science Elective3Bible Elective3
American Studies Elective3
18.5
Fall 
Supervised Student Teaching-License12
Post-ST Portfolio Review0
Summer 
Knowing Brass1
Summer 
Knowing Early Child Music & Movmnt71
Knowing Middle Child Music & Movement 71
Knowing Percussion 71
Knowing Choral Pedagogy 4, 71
Summer 
Knowing Woodwinds1
Knowing Music Program Administration1
Knowing Choral Classroom Methods1

Your potential career (Instrumental track)

Fall Spring 
Introduction to Sociology3Foundations of Education2
Introdutory Music Seminar0General Psychology3
Aural Skills Foundations2Introduction to Winds1
Basic Music Literature3Harmony 12
Introduction to Music Technology2Primary Proficiency Lesson1
Primary Proficiency Lesson1Secondary Proficiency Requirement1
Secondary Proficiency Requirement1Performing Group0.5
Performing Group0.5Old or New Testament Survey3
Repertoire0English Composition 23
Old or New Testament Survey3
English Composition 13
Fall Spring 
Developmental Psychology3Sophomore Fieldwork0
Instrumental Methods Course1Human Relations3
Intermediate Aural Skills1The Exceptional Child3
Harmony 22Instrumental Methods Course1
Primary Proficiency Lesson1Harmony 32
Performing Group0.5Primary Proficiency Lesson1
Repertoire0Performing Group0.5
Christian Life and Leadership3Repertoire0
Literature Elective3Baptist Heritage3
The Modern World3Fundamentals of Public Speaking2
Physical Science Elective3
Fall Spring 
Upper Level Status0Junior Practicum0
Middle Childhood Music & Movement2Instructional Media & Technology3
Methods Course61Early Childhood Music & Movement1
Harmony 42Methods Course61
Music History Course2Counterpoint2
Elementary Conducting2Music History course2
Orchestration2Advanced Conducting2
Form and Analysis2Prim. Prof Lesson with Junior Recital1
Advanced Aural Skills1Performing Group0.5
Primary Proficiency Lesson1Repertoire0
Performing Group0.5Bible Doctrine 1 or 23
Repertoire0Math Elective3
Bible Doctrine 1 or 23
Fall Spring 
Classroom Management2Educational Psychology3
Instrumental Classroom Methods1Education Seminar0
Music Program Administration2Pre-ST Portfolio Review0
Choral Methods Course1Educational Assessment2
Music History Course2Methods Course1
Primary Proficiency Lesson1Music History Course2
Performing Group0.5Prim. Prof Lesson with Senior Recital1
Repertoire0Performing Group0.5
Bible Elective3Bible Elective3
Humanities Elective3American Studies Elective3
Life Science Elective3
Fall 
Supervised Student Teaching-License12
Post-ST Portfolio Review0
Summer 
Knowing Brass1
Summer 
Knowing Early Child Music & Movmnt1
Knowing Middle Child Music & Movmnt1
Knowing Percussion1
Summer 
Knowing Woodwinds1
Knowing Music Program Administration1
Know Instrumental Classroom Methods1