To be admitted into Western Michigan University's music education program, you must successfully complete the school's audition and testing program, held each November, January and February.
There are two focus areas for WMU's music education major:
- Choral or general emphasis
- Instrumental emphasis
Each path leads to a degree and certification to teach music in K-12 public schools.
Beyond the classroom
As a music education student at WMU, you will be required to devote a minimum of five days per week for one semester to intern teaching. You will be expected to gain experience in both the curricular and extra-curricular programs of the school in which you teach.
You can also gain valuable networking and professional development opportunities through student and community organizations, including the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Sigma Alpha Iota, National Association for Music Education, Michigan School Band and Orchestra, and Vocal Music Associations.
After you graduate
Recent WMU graduates with degrees in music education are working as:
- Vocal coaches
Among the organizations they work for are:
- Nonprofit arts organizations
Where is this program offered?
Other programs of interest
- Elementary Professional Education
- Multimedia Arts Technology—Music
- Music Composition
- Music Education: Choral/General—Secondary
- Music Performance: Instrumental
- Music Performance: Keyboard
- Music Performance: Vocal
- Music Therapy
- Music: Jazz Studies
- Theatre: Music Theatre Performance
- Secondary Education