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 who are interested in Music Education (K-12) must earn a minimum 3.0 GPA in a prescribed liberal arts pre-education program, have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, and successfully pass all three Core Academic Skills for Educators tests (reading,  writing, and mathematics) before they are formally admitted to the teacher education program of the University.

Pre-education Prerequisites for the Major:

  • First Year Composition
  • A math course
  • A science course
  • General Psychology
  • Making Connections OR Speaking of Faith and Meaning
  • Introduction to Education
  • Engaging All Learners
  • Instructional Planning and Assessment for Art, Music, and Physical Education
  • Human Relations Training
  • Human Development

Additional Prerequisites for the Major:

  • French I or approved substitute

Required Courses All Majors:

  • Pedagogies of Exceptional Learners
  • French II (or approved substitute)
  • Performance Attendance (All Music Majors are required to attend a minimum of TEN concerts/performances each semester)
  • Music Theory I
  • Music Theory II
  • History and Theory of 17th & 18th Century Music
  • History and Theory of 19th Century Music
  • History and Theory of Medieval & Renaissance Music
  • History and Theory of 20th Century Music
  • Elementary Music Methods
  • Education Practicum: Primary Elementary OR Education Practicum: Intermediate Elementary
  • Instrumental Methods I
  • Instrumental Methods II
  • Education Practicum: Middle School OR Education Practicum: High School
  • Elementary Classroom Management OR Secondary Classroom Management
  • Conducting
  • Grand View Choir OR Grand View Wind Ensemble Kantorei (OR other approved ensemble)
  • Elementary Student Teaching
  • Secondary Student Teaching
  • Senior Recital
  • Piano Proficiency (Prior to Junior status)

Plus 12 credit hours in a single applied area

Additional Recommended Courses:

  • The Medieval World
  • The West in the Modern World
  • 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