Why Study Music Education (Choral/K-12 General Music)
APSU offers a thriving, student-focused music education program where you will learn how to teach by working directly with student musicians in a variety of outreach opportunities throughout your time in our program. In recent years, nearly 100% of APSU music education graduates have either been hired as music teachers, or have been accepted into graduate programs.
Music teachers are both professional educators and professional musicians; as such, your course work at APSU will prepare you to be an exceptional educator and a strong vocalist. Music education courses begin in the sophomore year and conclude with a semester of clinical teaching. You will also take teacher preparation courses from the College of Education that prepare you to become a state-certified teacher.
Students who wish to develop their potential as future educators and musicians will benefit from the rich training and the myriad of opportunities offered at APSU.
Austin Peay's music education faculty are internationally-recognized teachers, scholars, and clinicians who are dedicated to nurturing the next generation of music educators. Our department is also host to world-class performers including leading opera singers, premier soloists, symphony musicians, Nashville's top recording studio session players, and chamber musicians. Our ensemble directors have established a tradition of excellence in vocal ensembles and opera productions. And all Music Department faculty are committed to serving our students as educators and mentors.
What Will I Learn
- Technique: Students will demonstrate technical abilities on their primary instrument as appropriate to their major.
- Musicianship: Students will demonstrate an informed artistic approach that is evident in their performance.
- Repertoire: Students will engage with a broad range of musical performances through attendance at events such as recitals, concerts, opera, and music theater productions.
- Piano Competence: Students will develop career appropriate piano competencies.
- Theory and Ear Training: Students will demonstrate their ability to analyze and interpret music in notated and aural formats.
- History & Culture: Students will categorize and interpret the music of diverse genres, styles, periods, and cultures.
- Synthesis: Students will communicate musical ideas, concepts, and requirements to professionals and laypersons related to the practice of the major field.
Sample Course Plan and General Education Requirements
Professional Licensure Disclosure
Students should be aware that licensure and certification requirements vary from state to state and are subject to change. Licensing agencies or boards also may have requirements in addition to an earned degree. APSU recommends that students who are not Tennessee residents or who plan to seek licensure or certification outside the state of Tennessee contact the appropriate licensing agency or board before they enroll in an academic program designed to lead to licensure or certification and discuss their plans with an advisor.