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:
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.
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
Music in the Village:
You can begin performing your freshman year as a music education major. Elon’s ensembles have toured throughout Europe and Russia and along the East Coast. Music education majors also perform regularly as soloists with Elon’s orchestra and in recitals as part of their studies. You can perform in the following ensembles:
Each year, music education majors work alongside impressive visiting performers who lead workshops, performances and master classes. Recent visiting performers include the Czech Symphony, Netherlands Chamber Choir, Boston Camerata (with whom Elon’s Camerata has performed) and Wynton Marsalis.
Elon’s music faculty combine a dedication to teaching with an impressive record of performing, production and academic experience.
Matthew Buckmaster (low brass, theory, music education) has extensive performing experience in several musical genres, and has performed with the Sarasota Opera Orchestra, Opera Tampa Orchestra and Imperial Symphony Orchestra. He is a published arranger and serves as news editor for the ITA Journal.
Tom Erdmann (trumpet, jazz and orchestra) has written two books, and a third will be released in 2010. He is editor of two other books, and has published more than 120 articles in magazines and journals including Saxophone Journal, Women of Note Quarterly, The Journal of the Conductors Guild, International Trumpet Guild Journal and Jazz Player.
Gerald Knight (associate choral director, conducting, voice, theory) serves as coordinator of music education. He has appeared in recitals and oratorio performances in Italy, Austria and throughout the southeastern U.S. He has music degrees from Benedict College, the University of South Carolina and Florida State University, and has studied at several other distinguished institutions.
*Auditions are required for admission to the music education program and for scholarship consideration.