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BACHELOR OF SCIENCE | MUSIC EDUCATION

Overview | Music Education

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

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to identify a variety of differences among students and individualize instruction accordingly.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively plan for instruction, incorporating a wide variety of strategies for instruction and classroom management.
  • Students will demonstrate thorough knowledge and application to the teaching of their content in general music, and school vocal and/or instrumental performing groups.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to conduct and interpret a wide variety of assessments.
  • Students will demonstrate professionalism in education.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to teach content according to a biblical worldview.

Suggested Course Schedule | Choral

Semester 1

  • Foundations of Education (2)
  • 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. Prof. Lessons (1)
  • Performing Group (0.5)
  • Repertoire (0)
  • Old Testament Survey (3)
  • English Composition 1 (3)

Total Credits: 17.5

Semester 2

  • Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • Harmony 1 (2)
  • Primary Proficiency Lesson (1)
  • Freshman Field Work (0)
  • Keboard/Strings Skills 1 (1)
  • Sec. Proficiency Lesson (1)
  • Performing Group (0.5)
  • Repertoire (0)
  • New Testament Survey (3)
  • The Modern World (3)
  • English Composition 2 (3)
  • Music History Course (2)

Total Credits: 18.5 or 19.5

Summer:

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

*Classes noted in bold are part of the comprehensive add-on.

Semester 1

  • Sec. & Middle School Teaching Methods (2)
  • Middle Childhood Music & Movement (2)
  • Intermediate Aural Skills (1)
  • Sophomore Fieldwork (1)
  • Harmony 2 (2)
  • Primary Proficiency Lesson (1)
  • Performing Group (0.5)
  • Keyboard Skills 2 (1)
  • Repertoire (0)
  • Human Relations (3)
  • Instructional Media & Technology (3)
  • Developmental Psychology (3)
  • Instrumental Methods Course (1)

Total Credits: 20.5

Semester 2

  • The Exceptional Child (3)
  • Harmony 3 (2)
  • Concepts in Biochemistry (3)
  • Bible Elective (3)
  • Early Child Music & Movement (1)
  • Primary Proficiency Lesson (1)
  • Keyboard Skills 3 (1)
  • Secondary Proficiency Test (0)
  • Performing Group (0.5)
  • Repertoire (0)
  • Baptist Heritage (3)
  • Methods Course (1)
  • Music Theory Elective (2)*

Total Credits: 19.5

Summer:

  • Knowing Choral Classroom Methods (1)
  • Knowing Choral Pedagogy (1)
  • Upper Level Status (0)
  • Knowing Percussion (1)

Total Credits: 3

*Courses noted in bold are part of the comprehensive add-on.

Semester 1

  • Instrumental Methods Course (1)
  • Harmony 4 (2)
  • Music History Course (2)
  • Elementary Conducting (2)
  • Music Theory Elective (2-3)
  • Christian Life, Leadership, and Evangelism (3)
  • Advanced Aural Skills (1)
  • Primary Proficiency Lesson (1)
  • Keyboard Skills 4 (1)
  • Performing Group (0.5)
  • Vocal Teaching Techniques (1)
  • Repertoire (0)
  • Literature Elective (3)

Total Credits: 18.5-19.5

Semester 2

  • Junior Practicum (2)
  • Choral Arranging (2)
  • Music History course (2)
  • Advanced Conducting (2)
  • Primary Lesson w/Junior Recital (1)
  • Performing Group (0.5)
  • Repertoire (0)
  • Bible Doctrine 1 or 2 (3)
  • Educational Psychology (3)
  • Choral Pedagogy (2)
  • Classroom Management (2)
  • Music Theory Elective (2)*

Total Credits: 21.5

Summer

  • Knowing Music Program Admin (1)
  • Educational Assessment (2)

Total Credits: 3

*Classes noted in bold are part of the comprehensive add-on.

Semester 1

  • Education Seminar (0
  • Choral Classroom Methods & Assessment (1)
  • Methods Course (1)
  • Music History course (2)
  • American Studies Elective (3)
  • Music Program Administration (2)
  • Performing Group (0.5)
  • Repertoire (0)
  • Bible Elective (3)
  • Math Elective (3)
  • Bible Doctrine 1 or 2 (3)
  • Primary Lesson w/ Senior Recital (1)

Total Credits: 21.5

Semester 2

Student Teaching (12)

Total Credits: 12

Suggested Course Schedule | Instrumental

Semester 1

  • Foundations of Education (2)
  • 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. Proficiency Lesson (1)
  • Performing Group (0.5)
  • Repertoire (0)
  • Old Testament Survey (3)
  • English Composition 1 (3)

Total Credits: 17.5

Semester 2

  • Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • Freshman Fieldwork (0)
  • Harmony 1 (2)
  • Primary Proficiency Lesson (1)
  • Keyboard Strings/Skills 1 (1)
  • Sec. Prof. Lesson (1)
  • Performing Group (0.5)
  • Repertoire (0)
  • New Testament Survey (3)
  • The Modern World (3)
  • English Composition 2 (3)
  • Music History Course (2)

Total Credits: 18.5

Summer:

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

Total Credits: 4

*Courses listed in bold are part of the comprehensive add-on.

Semester 1

  • Developmental Psychology (3)
  • Sec. & Middle School Teaching Methods (2)
  • Intermediate Aural Skills (1)
  • Harmony 2 (2)
  • Primary Proficiency Lesson (1)
  • Performing Group (0.5)
  • Keyboard Skills 2 (1)
  • Repertoire (0)
  • Human Relations (3)
  • Instructional Media & Technology (3)
  • Instrumental Methods Course (1)
  • Middle Childhood Music & Movement (2)

Total Credits: 19.5

Semester 2

  • Instrumental Methods Course (1)
  • Sophomore Fieldwork (1)
  • The Exceptional Child (3)
  • Harmony 3 (2)
  • Concepts in Biochemistry (3)
  • Bible Elective (3)
  • Early Childhood Music & Movement (1)
  • Primary Proficiency Lesson (1)
  • Keyboard Skills 3 (1)
  • Secondary Proficiency Test (0)
  • Performing Group (0.5)
  • Repertoire (0)
  • Literature Elective (3)

Total Credits: 18.5

Summer:

  • Know Middle Childhood Music & Movement (1)
  • Know Instrumental Classroom Methods (1)
  • Upper Level Status (0)
  • Instrumental Methods Course (1)*
  • Knowing Percussion (1)*

Total Credits: 4

*Courses listed in bold are part of the comprehensive add-on.

Semester 1

  • Music Theory Elective (2)
  • Instrumental Methods Course (1)
  • Harmony 4 (2)
  • Music History Course (2)
  • Elementary Conducting (2)
  • Classroom Management (2)
  • Christian Life, Leadership, and Evangelism (3)
  • Advanced Aural Skills (1)
  • Primary Proficiency Lesson (1)
  • Keyboard Skills 4 (1)
  • Performing Group (0.5)
  • Repertoire (0)
  • Music Theory Elective (2-3)*

Total Credits: 18.5-19.5

Semester 2

  • Junior Practicum (2)
  • Instrumental Methods Course (1)
  • Music Theory Elective (2)
  • Music History Course (2)
  • Advanced Conducting (2)
  • Primary Lesson w/Junior Recital (1)
  • Performing Group (0.5)
  • Instrumental Methods & Assessment (1)
  • Repertoire (0)
  • Bible Doctrine 1 or 2 (3)
  • Educational Psychology (3)
  • Math Elective (3)

Total Credits: 20.5

Summer

  • Knowing Music Program Admin (1)
  • Educational Assessment (2)*
  • Instrumental Methods Course (1)*

Total Credits: 4

*Courses listed in bold are part of the comprehensive add-on.

Semester 1

  • Education Seminar (2)
  • Baptist Heritage (3)
  • Instrumental Methods Course (1)
  • American Studies Elective (3)
  • Music Program Administration (2)
  • Performing Group (0.5)
  • Repertoire (0)
  • Bible Elective (3)
  • Bible Doctrine 1 or 2 (3)
  • Primary Lesson w/ Senior Recital (1)
  • Music Theory Elective (2)

Total Credits: 20.5

Semester 2

  • Student Teaching (12)

Total Credits: 12

*Courses listed in bold are part of the comprehensive add-on.

Related Majors

Music
Elementary Teacher Education
Early Childhood Education

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 addtional certification and licenses.

MBU Program Faculty

Rick Townsend

College of Arts and Science | Professor
Credentials

PhD Music Education and Instrumental Conducting, Michigan State University
MMus Education and Supervision, Central Michigan University
BA Music Education, Alma Colleg

Janet Tschida

College of Arts and Science | Associate Professor
Credentials

MA Music Education, University of St. Thomas
BS Music, Maranatha Baptist University

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

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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