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Music Education Major -
Classroom & Instrumental Track

Major Overview

68-70 credits + education course work

Why music education - classroom & instrumental track?
This program is designed to meet the needs of students who plan for a career in music teaching in the public or private schools. This comprehensive degree program meets the State of Minnesota licensure requirements for the music education K–12 classroom and vocal music, or the K–12 classroom and instrumental music areas. Please be advised that meeting the requirements of both the music major and education requirements for licensure may take more than four years unless students enter the program with advanced placement or transfer credits.

Contact the program director if you are interested in the five- year combined degree program with the M.A. in instruction for licensure completion. The five-year combined degree program delays School of Education courses until the fifth year, allowing the music student to focus on developing his/ her own personal musicianship and complete the music education methods courses prior to enrolling in the M.A.I. program. Highly motivated students with strengths in both vocal and instrumental music may wish to complete a double (vocal and instrumental) licensure program. This is possible through either the B.A. or M.A. licensure program requirements.

Teaching licensure requirements are subject to change; therefore, students considering teaching in this area should be in continuous contact with the music education program coordinator and the School of Education for any curricular updates that may be required by the Minnesota Department of Education.

Career Options
A majority of our graduates pursue classroom teaching in public or private middle or high schools; others go on to seek advanced degrees in special education, literacy, educational administration, curriculum and instruction, school counseling or school psychology.

High School Preparation
Band/Orchestra; Calculus; Computer Science; English; Italian; Literature; Music History; Music Theory

Sample Schedule (Paradigm) and Course Descriptions

For more information contact:
Music Chair Music Education Program Coordinator
Patrick M. O'Shea, D.M.A.
Chair, Music Department
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
700 Terrace Heights #1447
Winona, MN 55987-1399
800-635-5987, Ext 1598

Janet Heukeshoven, D.M.A.
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
700 Terrace Heights #58
Winona, MN 55987-1399
(800) 635-5987, Ext. 1675