The Elmhurst College Department of Music endorses the ideals and subject areas that are traditionally listed in liberal arts curricula. Further, the Department of Music recognizes preparation of well-qualified teachers of music as a legitimate aspect of the liberal arts program. This commitment to a special program in the context of a liberal arts setting is a major strength in our preparation of music teachers. Our total program is intended to prepare teachers who are able to assist students in making sound aesthetic judgments. Music education students will have numerous “live teaching” experiences in the public schools in preparation for student teaching. Graduates are certified to teach grades kindergarten through 12 in Illinois and most other states.
Requirements for the Major
Music education majors are required to participate in a major performing ensemble (concert band, choir or orchestra) for every term of full-time enrollment. MUS 369 Conducting I must be taken in residence at Elmhurst College.
Procedures and requirements for admission to teacher education, admission to student teaching, state licensure testing, and course sequence may be obtained from the director of music education. Students are required to pass the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) to be admitted to a licensure program, the appropriate content area test prior to the student teaching semester, and the APT (Assessment of Professional Teaching) test prior to program completion. See Admission to Teacher Education.
Music (A minimum of sixteen full course credits are required in music)
Concert Attendance: MUS 100 each term, with or without creidt
Music Theory: MUS 135, 136, 235, 236
Music History: MUS 343, 344
Conducting: MUS 369, 370, 389
Applied music: six terms for credit on same instrument or voice
Band, Orchestra, or Choir: one each term, with or without credit on major instrument or voice
Education and Psychology
EDU 104 Cultural Foundations of Education in the United States
SEC 200 Introductory Seminar to Teaching as a Caring Profession
SEC 223 Education of PK-12 Learners with Exceptionalities
SEC 300 Intermediate Seminar for Teaching Diverse and Inclusive Schools
SEC 311 Educational Psychology
SEC 421 Theory and Practice for Building Academic Literacies in K-12 Classrooms
SEC 450 Advanced Seminar in Teacher Collaboration and Professional Practice
MUS 222 Functional Class Piano II, or a "pass" on the Keyboard Proficiency Exam must be completed in residence at Elmhurst College prior to student teaching.
MUS 251, 252, 253, 254, 255; two from MUS 250, 256, 257, 260, 336, 353 technique courses
MUS 258 Technology for Music Educators (.50 credit)
MUS 150 Introduction to Music Education
MUS 362 Instrumental and Choral Ensembles
MUS 366 Teaching of K-12 Classroom Music
MUS 457 Student Teaching in Music (150 hours of clinical experience are required prior to student teaching)
A student must earn at least a 2.75 general grade-point average and a 2.75 grade-point average in the music major.