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Music Education

The music education program prepares you for the State of Illinois Professional Educator’s License for K-12.

Preparing You For Success

You’ll participate in classroom field experiences your freshman year, then gain additional field experiences in your sophomore and junior years. These prepare you for the senior year student teaching experience. Bradley faculty and your supervising teachers are valuable mentors throughout the process. You’re also anchored in the music department as you complete the bachelor of music degree in music education.

The Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The teacher education department is accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. It also is a member of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

By the time you graduate, your experiences may include:

  • Courses in music history, theory, ear training and sight singing
  • Expertise in instrumental, piano or vocal music, depending on your area of specialization
  • Professional development and licensure in K-12 music
  • More than 500 hours of field experience and student teaching in local classrooms
  • Instruction and mentorship from faculty who have taught on six continents, published 30 books on education and served in educational leadership at state and national levels
  • Opportunities to perform and travel with exceptional ensembles in your area of expertise (instrumental and/or vocal)
  • Networking with professional and possible performance opportunities with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, Peoria Municipal Band, Central Illinois Jazz Society and other regional organizations
  • Use of classroom technologies such as Smart Boards, virtual reality and recording technologies

Making Your Mark

Music education teachers are in demand. Recent music education students who completed the program and graduated boast a 100 percent pass rate on Illinois licensure tests, including the national edTPA portfolio evaluation. That success means you can enter the teaching profession soon after Commencement. Many graduates are working for school districts in the Midwest.

Major Requirements

Music education majors must complete the requirements for one of the following concentrations.

Instrumental Concentration

Required Courses - 31 hrs.

  • Applied Music (7 semesters minimum) - 14 hrs.
  • MED 101: Introduction to Music Education - 1 hr.
  • MUS 115: Voice Class - 1 hr.
  • MED 155: Brass Techniques - 2 hrs.
  • MED 251: String Techniques - 2 hrs.
  • MED 252: Advanced String Techniques - 1 hr.
  • MED 257: Percussion Techniques - 2 hrs.
  • MED 322: Conducting II - 2 hrs.
  • MED 354: Woodwind Techniques - 2 hrs.
  • MED 355: Advanced Woodwind Techniques - 1 hr.
  • MUS 323: Marching Band Techniques - 1 hr.
  • MUS 401: Orchestration - 2 hrs.

Piano Concentration

Required Courses - 34 hrs.

  • APL 189/389: Applied Music Piano (min. 7 semesters) - 14 hrs.
  • MED 101: Introduction to Music Education - 1 hr.
  • MED 155: Brass Techniques - 2 hrs.
  • MED 251: String Techniques - 2 hrs.
  • MED 257: Percussion Techniques - 2 hrs.
  • MED 322: Conducting II - 2 hrs.
  • MUS 327: Accompanying (4 semesters) - 1 hr.
    or MUS 328: Accompanying (4 semesters) - 1 hr.
  • MUS 331: Piano Pedagogy - 2 hrs.
  • MUS 354: Woodwind Techniques - 2 hrs.
  • MUS 355: Advanced Woodwind Techniques - 1 hr.
  • MUS 433: Piano Literature - 2 hrs.

Vocal Concentration

Required Courses - 33 hrs.

  • APL 197/397: Applied Music Voice (min. 7 semesters) - 14 hrs.
  • MED 101: Introduction to Music Education - 1 hr.
  • MUS 125: Foreign Language Diction - 2 hrs.
  • MED 155: Brass Techniques - 2 hrs.
  • MED 251: String Techniques - 2 hrs.
  • MED 257: Percussion Techniques - 2 hrs.
  • MED 322: Conducting II - 2 hrs.
  • MED 354: Woodwind Techniques - 2 hrs.
  • MED 355: Advanced Woodwind Techniques - 1 hr.
  • MUS 375: Opera Workshop - 1 hr.
  • MUS 470: Vocal Pedagogy - 2 hrs.
  • MUS 480: Vocal Literature - 2 hrs.