Music Education (B.S.)

A Lifelong commitment to teaching,
creative expression, and valuing diversity

Elon’s music education program prepares graduates with the essential knowledge, skills, and cultural awareness to teach in the diverse 21st century classroom.  The music education program instills and nurtures a commitment to first-rate teaching, lifelong creative expression, and the willingness to be enriched by and value the many and varied musical cultures found in the communities in which they will serve. 

Students earn the Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education by taking courses in both the Music Department and the School of Education.  The music education program has several outstanding attributes that make it very attractive for the prospective music teacher:

  • Students begin practicum experiences in the public schools in the sophomore year and will be able to list at least 4 practicum experiences on their resumes when applying for jobs
  • Students are placed in practicums with distinguished teachers who are highly regarded and have established records of success
  • Students can be placed in the same practicum experience for the entire senior year
  • Students work with full time professional accompanists who are available for practice/coaching and applied lessons
  • In addition to required ensembles, students can perform with a variety of ensembles based on interest


Music education offers a comprehensive curriculum wherein skills and knowledge gained in one course continue tobe utilized and refined as students move through theory, conducting, and methods courses.  This integrated approach, in addition to providing tremendous confidence, is the foundation on which our students are prepared to be excellent educators, creative musicians that continue to perform, and practitioners that will honor the cultural diversity found in the communities that they will serve.

In our primary goal of preparing our students to be excellent teachers the curriculum is devised to engage students in activities, discussions, and other forms of reflection and inquiry providing educational experiences that advance students toward moments of discovery and greater clarity of course content, self, and others.

Our students thrive in an environment that fosters high levels of musicianship and performance ability.  In addition they develop critical thinking skills that advance their perceptions, sensitivities, and beliefs while enhancing their awareness and understanding of others, who they are, and what they have to offer in a classroom.   We believe that this kind of educator can design and implement experiences that demand the highest standards in the classroom while honoring every student and the life experiences they bring to the process of learning.


Music in the Village Program

In the spring of 2013 the Coordinator of Music Education founded a new and exciting program called "Music in the Village".  This program evolved out of the “Village Project”, a program created in the School of Education designed to strengthen literacy skills for elementary and middle school children.   Music in the Village is a service-learning community outreach program designed for elementary to middle school aged children and their parents that teaches musical literacy and supports the literacy mandate of the “Village Project”.  Music education students can participate and teach in this program in each semester of residency except the semester of student teaching. This Village experience provides the opportunity for prospective teachers to not only develop teaching skills and strategies, but it gives them invaluable insight into how to foster meaningful relationships with parents.  Parents are a crucial component of Music in the Village as they attend classes with their children.


Nationally Recognized Excellence

Elon's collegiate chapter of the National Association for Music Educators earns the "Chapter of Excellence" awarded by the National Association for Music Educators.  The chapter received the "Chapter of Excellence" award from the North Carolina Music Educator's Association last year.

“To be recognized by the National Association for Music Education and the North Carolina Music Educator's Association is a tremendous honor that gives us a sense of accomplishment. However, it also reminds us of the immense value in being strongly connected to the community, the worth of our efforts to make a difference, and the work that still remains to be done.”

--Gerald R. Knight,
Coordinator for Music Education and Director of Music in the Village



“Students work hard in difficult classes, spend long hours practicing their instruments and attend or are involved in almost every cultural event on campus. But it is well worth the work to graduate knowing you are fully prepared for whatever teaching has to offer.”

Rachel Gorsuch ’07 


*Auditions are required for admission to the music education program and for scholarship consideration.



Mus 111 The Materials of Music I 3 sh
MUS 112 The Materials of Music II 3 sh
MUS 113 Aural Skills I 1 sh
MUS 114 Aural Skills II 1 sh
MUS 211 The Materials of Music III 3 sh
MUS 212 The Materials of Music IV 3 sh
MUS 213 Aural Skills III 1 sh
MUS 214 Aural Skills IV 1 sh
MUS 250 Music Education Technology 3 sh
MUS 251 Introduction to Music Education 2 sh
MUS 313 Form and Analysis 2 sh
MUS 315 The Music of Ancient Times Through Baroque 4 sh
MUS 316 Classic and Romantic Music 4 sh
MUS 360 Choral Methods and Literature 2 sh
MUS 361 Instrumental Methods I 2 sh
MUS 362 Instrumental Methods II 2 sh
MUS 366 Conducting 2 sh
MUS 413 20th Century Techniques 2 sh
MUS 461 Music Education K-12 Methods  4 sh

In addition, each Music Education major must complete the following:

  • 2 semester hours in the primary (principal) applied music area each semester for a minimum of 10 semester hours (one semester at the 300 level is required)  (10 sh)
  • Successful completion of the adjudicated degree recital (MUS 030)
  • Ensemble from MUS 101, 102, 103, 105 and 109. All majors must complete one of these ensembles outside of the primary instrument. All music education majors must take three semester hours of MUS 102, University Chorale and one of these hours must be a concurrent enrollment in MS 360, Choral Methods and Literature or MUS 366, Conducting. In addition, students whose primary instrument is wind or percussion must take two semesters of MUS 109. (Wind and percussion majors must complete two semesters of MUS 109; all majors must complete one of these ensembles outside of major instrument/voice)
  • Keyboard proficiency: MUS 010, Departmental Recital each semester of residency as a Music Education major.

TOTAL 62 sh. 

In addition, vocal majors must take MUS 258 Diction for Singers I and MUS 259 Diction for Singers II.

The Music Education student must also complete the required professional education courses and observe the requirements for the teacher education program as outlined under Education.