Education Majors

Music Education

This program prepares you for a career as a music teacher in elementary, middle, and secondary schools. If you want to share you love of music and your teaching/performing skills, this is the major for you.

After satisfying the pre-education requirements, you'll apply for admission to the formal education program. You must earn a minimum 3.0 GPA in courses required for the major and a minimum 3.0 GPA in courses required for the complementary endorsements.

Admission requirements include: a minimum 2.5 grade point average in pre-education curriculum; no D grades in pre-education curriculum; successful completion of the English proficiency requirement; successful completion of the PRAXIS I/Pre-Professional Skills Test and satisfactory references.

Upon successful completion of the required curriculum of 130 credits, you are recommended to the State of Iowa Board of Educational Examiners for licensure in music K-12.

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Courses and Requirements

Students interested in Music Education must enroll
in a one-year prescribed liberal arts pre-educaton
program before they are formally admitted to the
Music Education program (also see the Pre-Education
checklist and 2-year course rotation).

Prerequisite Courses for the Major:

  • French I (or approved substitute)
  • General Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology

Departmental Required Courses in Music For All Majors:
All Music Majors are required to attend a minimum of TEN concerts/performances each semester.

  • Grand View Choir OR
  • Instrumental Ensemble
  • Kantorei (OR other approved ensemble)

Music Majors are to be enrolled in Ensemble every semester
of residency and accumulate a minimum of 6 semester credits.

  • Music Theory I
  • Music Theory II
  • Music Methods: Elementary
  • History and Theory of 17th & 18th Century Music
  • History and Theory of 19th Century Music
  • Instrumental Methods
  • Instrumental Methods II
  • History and Theory of Medieval & Renaissance Music
  • History and Theory of 20th Century Music
  • Conducting

Independent Requirements of All Majors:
12 credits hours in a single applied area:

  • Senior Recital
  • Piano Proficiency (Prior to Junior status)

Required Courses From Other Departments:

  • Introduction to Education 
  • Engaging All Learners
  • Planning and Assessment for Art, Music, and Physical Education
  • Human Relations Training
  • Education Practicum: Primary Elementary OR
  • Education Practicum: Intermediate Elementary
  • Education Practicum: Middle School OR
  • Education Practicum: High School
  • Elementary Student Teaching
  • Secondary Student Teaching
  • Elementary Classroom Management OR
  • Secondary Classroom Management
  • French II
  • Human Development
  • Psychology of Exceptional Children

Recommended Courses:

  • Survey of Western Civilization to 1660
  • Survey of Western Civilization from 1660 to Present
  • Music Appreciation

For detailed course descriptions, please go to the current catalog HERE.

Program Applications

These applications are for current Grand View students. If you are a prospective student interested in majoring in education, you will apply to Grand View through the usual admissions process, then apply to the teacher education program at an appropriate point.  To apply to Grand View, please go here.

Application for admission to the teacher education program

Application for student teaching

Reference Documents

2015-16 Requirements

Music Education Major

2014-15 Requirements

Music Education Major

2013-14 Requirements

Music Education Major

2012-13 Requirements

Music Education Major

2010-12 Requirements

Music Education Major