School of Music

Bachelor of Music in Music Education

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Why Choose Music Education?

You can prepare for a career in music education by earning a Bachelor of Music degree in the largest program in Wright State’s School of Music. Faculty members with years of elementary and secondary teaching experience will share their expertise with you in a comprehensive program that offers you a working knowledge of pedagogy and literature. You will also gain valuable experience working on the teaching staffs of area marching bands and winter drumlines, assisting with school musicals, coaching chamber ensembles at local schools, and conducting and accompanying church choirs.

Message from the Coordinator

Welcome to Music Education at Wright State University. My name is Bill Jobert and I serve as  Coordinator of Music Education.

Music Education is the largest program in the School of Music here at Wright State. Our program emphasizes a comprehensive approach to learning, encouraging music majors to apply their knowledge of pedagogy, literature, conducting into project-based outcomes.

While attending Wright State, our music majors gain valuable experiences working on the teaching staffs of area marching bands and winter drumlines, assisting with school musicals, coaching chamber ensembles at local schools, and conducting and accompanying church choirs. Graduates from our program teach in successful music programs throughout Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia, and Texas and earn graduate assistantships and fellowships at universities across the country.  

We hope you will give Wright State a close look as you make your decisions to pursue a career in music education.

Sincerely,
Bill Jobert
Lecturer of Bassoon
Coordinator of Music Education


Careers

Our graduates work as and are employed by:

  • Music teacher – Mad River Local Schools
  • Worship and music leader – New Life United Methodist Church
  • Director of bands and choir – Kansas City Schools
  • Singer/dancer – Carnival Cruise Line
  • Voice teacher – Piano Preparatory School

The Center for Liberal Arts Student Success (CLASS) helps you complete your degree and achieve success after college. CLASS offers the following workforce development services:

  • Personalized and professional career advising
  • Liberal arts student career success series
  • Experiential education/Internships
  • Career-related programs and events
  • Liberal arts liaison for all Wright State career resources and services

Success Stories

Kyle Young has taught music and direct band programs at Fairborn High School, Mason City School District and Carmel High School in Indiana.
During a study abroad and service-learning trip to Jamaica, Katie Schmidt taught students singing and how to play the recorder.

Academics and Curriculum

View the Bachelor of Music in Music Education program information, degree requirements, and graduation planning strategy in the University Catalog.

Music Education GPA Standards (PDF)

All Music Education degrees at Wright State lead to Ohio K-12 Music Certification.


Admission

  1. To be a student of the School of Music, you must also apply and be accepted into Wright State. Review the admission requirements and complete the admission application.
  2. Apply to the School of Music. To apply to the School of Music, fill out and submit the undergraduate application.

Students who plan to become music education majors will enter the university listed as B.A.-Music whether they are transfer students or incoming freshmen. Only after successful passage of all the elements of the Sophomore Music Education Board can students be listed officially in the degree audit as B.M.-Music Education. Learn more about Sophomore Music Education Board, the admission gateway program. 


Faculty

The Music Education Committee is made up of the faculty members who teach our conducting courses, music pedagogy courses, and music education sequenced courses. These faculty members represent years of elementary and secondary music teaching experience and continue to work with students of all ages through honor bands and choirs, summer music camps, marching bands, children’s choirs, and private studio teaching. Every year members of the Music Education Committee present education clinics at OMEA and other state and national conferences. All of these professors are passionate about the work they do as music educators.

Music Education Committee Members


Current Student Resources

  • OMEA State Conference
    Register early to attend the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) Professional Development Conference. Students are encouraged to plan early. Register in advance and reserve your hotel room!
  • Laptops for Music Majors
    A limited number of PC laptops (with Finale 2007 and SmartMusic) are available for sign-out (typically a 24-48 hour period) to Wright State music majors to assist in music course-related projects. Each laptop comes with the SmartMusic microphone, headphones, and a pair of USB powered external speakers. (Important: Students must save their project to an external drive before powering off the laptop. Wright State CaTS administered software called "DeepFreeze" will erase all files when the computer is shut-down. This software is necessary in order to protect the laptop from viruses and unauthorized downloads.) To sign out a laptop, contact Dr. Jagow and bring your Wright1 Card.
  • New Teachers: OHIO JOBS BULLETIN
    The Ohio Board of Education website provides an up to date list of music-related job openings in Ohio provided by the prospective school district or employer. The bulletin is searchable by subject matter, county, and region of the state. Search the Ohio Board of Education Jobs.
  • Music Education Flow Chart
  • Application for Field Experiences ED2650, ED2750, ED4900 and Instructions for Applying (PDF)

 


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