BACHELORS DEGREE | MUSIC EDUCATION

Degree Overview

If you are called to teach music, whether in public or private schools, consider the advantages of Maranatha's Music Education major. Music Education graduates have enjoyed a 100-percent hire rate for those seeking teaching positions, and a 100-percent acceptance rate for those applying to graduate school. Maranatha's Education programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and approved for licensure by the Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction. The Music Education program provides students with the option of obtaining both a general music license as well as an instrumental or choral license by complete one of two specialized program levels.

Two Program Levels Maranatha’s programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and approved for licensure by the Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction. They provide students with the option of obtaining both a general music license as well as an instrumental or choral license by completing one of two specialized program levels:

a) The Core Program provides an essential course of study featuring a program of study common to the majority of colleges and universities.

b) The Comprehensive Program, unique to MBU students since 1996, provides pre-service teachers with the highest levels of preparedness for success in 21st century classrooms and graduate schools. Students completing the Comprehensive Program have had a 100% pass rate for the Praxis 2 test since 2008, and supervising teachers consistently report that our students demonstrate exceptional readiness for the classroom.

Program Outcomes

  • Music Education learning outcomes are based on State of Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) adoption of 10 inTASC (Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium) Leadership and Collaboration Standards and are influenced by edTPA requirements. DPI inTASC standards and edTPA assessments, while contrasting in structure and purpose, are proving to be symbiotic in function as we seek to prepare MBU students for lifetime service and leadership. (See attached document below for the ten DPI standards)

Suggested Course Schedule: Core Program in Choral Music

1st Year

Semester 1 (Even Year)

  • Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • Introductory Music Seminar (0)
  • Aural Skills Foundations (2)
  • Fundamentals of Public Speaking (2)
  • Basic Music Literature (3)
  • Intro to Vocal Studies/Primary Less (1)
  • Funct Piano Skills (Sec Piano Prof) Sec Prof Lesson (1)
  • Performing Group (0.5)
  • Repertoire (0)
  • Old or New Testament Survey (3)
  • English Composition 1 (3)

Total Credits: 18.5

Semester 2

  • Foundations of Education (2)
  • Harmony 1 (2)
  • Primary Proficiency Lesson (1)
  • Freshmen Field Work (0)
  • Keyboard Skills 1 (1)
  • Sec Prof Lesson (1)
  • Performing Group (0.5)
  • Repertoire (0)
  • Old or New Testament Survey (3)
  • The Modern World (3)
  • English Composition 2 (3)
  • Music History Course (2)

Total Credits: 17.5

Summer:

  • Knowing Middle Childhood Music & Movement (1)
  • Knowing Brass (1)
  • Early Child Music & Movement (1)
  • Knowing Woodwinds (1)

Total Credits (4)

Bold classes are part of the comprehensive add-on

2nd Year
3rd Year
4th Year

Suggested Course Schedule: Core Program in Instrumental Music

1st Year

Semester 1 (Even Year)

  • Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • Introductory Music Seminar (0)
  • Aural Skills Foundations (2)
  • Fundamentals of Public Speaking (2)
  • Basic Music Literature (3)
  • Primary Proficiency Lesson (1)
  • Funct Piano Skills (Sec Piano Prof) Sec Prof Lesson (1)
  • Performing Group (0.5)
  • Repertoire (0)
  • Old or New Testament Survey (3)
  • English Composition 1 (3)

Total Credits: 18.5

Semester 2

  • Foundations of Education (2)
  • Harmony 1 (2)
  • Primary Proficiency Lesson (1)
  • Freshmen Fieldwork (0)
  • Keyboard Skills 1 (1)
  • Sec Prof Lesson (1)
  • Performing Group (0.5)
  • Repertoire (0)
  • Old or New Testament Survey (3)
  • The Modern World (3)
  • English Composition 2 (3)
  • Music History Course (2)

Total Credits: 17.5

Summer:

  • Knowing Early Childhood Music & Movement (1)
  • Knowing Brass (1)
  • Instrumental Methods Course (1)
  • Knowing Woodwinds (1)

Total Credits: 4

Bold classes are part of the comprehensive add-on

2nd Year
3rd Year
4th Year

Related Minors

  • Church Music
  • Music Arranging
  • Music Education
  • Piano Pedagogy
  • String Pedagogy

  Potential Career Fields

  • Music Teacher--Public or Private Schools
  • Early Childhood Music and Movement Teacher
  • Choir Director
  • Band Director
  • Orchestra Director

*Some careers and employment positions require graduate degrees, specialized training, or additional certification and licenses.

Bachelor of Science in Music Education

MBU Program Faculty

Meet some of the people in who lead this program

Rick Townsend

Rick Townsend

College of Arts and Sciences | Professor

Credentials

PhD Music Education and Instrumental Conducting, Michigan State University

MMus Education and Supervision, Central Michigan University

BA Music Education, Alma College

David Ledgerwood

David Ledgerwood

College of Arts and Sciences | Associate Professor

Credentials

DMA Music Education, Boston University

MA Sacred Music, Pensacola Christian College

MA Music Theory and Composition, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

BS Music Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Janet Tschida - Faculty

Janet Tschida

College of Arts and Sciences | Associate Professor

Credentials

MA Music Education, University of St. Thomas

BS Music, Maranatha Baptist University

David Brown

David Brown

College of Arts and Sciences | Professor

Credentials

DMA Choral Conducting, University of Missouri

MM Trombone Performance, Bob Jones University

BA Trombone Performance, Bob Jones University

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