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Music: Concentration Music Education (Choral/K-12 General Music)

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Why study Music: Concentration Music Education (Choral/K-12 General Music) at APSU?

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, almost 100% of APSU music education graduates have either been hired as music teachers, or have been accepted into graduate programs. Join us to see why we consider APSU Tennessee's home for music education.


What will I learn?

Music teachers are both professional educators and professional musicians; as such, your course work will prepare you to be a competent educator and exceptional vocalist or instrumentalist. All music majors take  basic musicianship classes including music theory, ear training, music history, and music technology, and a group of general education courses that are required of all APSU students (English, Math, Science, etc.). You will also take private lessons with an applied instructor, and perform in any one of APSU's vocal or instrumental ensembles. Music education courses begin in the sophomore year and conclude with a semester of clinical-teaching. You will also take a group of teacher-preparation courses from the College of Education that prepares you to become a state-certified teacher.

The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.

The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.

What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?

The music department is home to four music student organizations.

  1. Collegiate chapter of National Association for Music Education (CNAfME) is a service/professional organization for music education majors.
  2. Phi Mu Alpha is a music service organization for men. Students do not need to be music majors to join.
  3. Sigma Alpha Iota is a music service organization for women. Students do not need to be music majors to join.
  4. Aspiring Vocal Performers is a professional organization for vocal music majors.
  5. Smash-Bang Club is a student organization for the Governor's Own Marching Band. All majors are welcome.

APSU music majors serve the department and community through a variety of outreach programs.


What Do Music: Concentration Music Education (Choral/K-12 General Music) Majors Do After Graduation?

APSU Music Education graduates are in high demand as music educators across the state and beyond, and are regularly accepted into the graduate programs of their choosing. While we are proud of all our alumni, we would especially like to highlight our recent graduates and congratulate them on their new teaching positions. Click here to see a list of accomplishments of our recent graduates.

  • Preschool Music
  • Elementary/General Music
  • Middle School Choir
  • High School Choir
  • Graduate School
  • Music Supervision
  • Music Administration
  • Collegiate Music Teaching
  • Curriculum Writing
  • Advocacy and Policy

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 has not made a determination whether APSU’s programs will meet all of the licensure and certification requirements in each US state or territory.  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.

Please visit the Professional Licensure Disclosure webpage to review specific licensure information for your state and academic program.