Music Education

 

 

Why a B.M.E. Degree in Music Education?


The Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.) is a hands-on, engaging degree program that gives you the certification you need for a career teaching K-12 choral, instrumental, and general music.

 

 

 

Photo of Holman LibraryAbout the Music Education Major


Housed in the Division of Visual and Performing Arts, the B.M.E. gives you the comprehensive background you need to meet the requirements of the Illinois Content Area Standards in Music. Graduates are equipped to receive the Initial Special K-12 Certificate in Music, which qualifies them to teach instrumental and vocal music in elementary and secondary schools.

2017-2018 Program Catalog

2017-2018 4-Year Plan

 

 

 

Minor in Music


Two Music minor tracks are offered for those who choose to major in a different field, but would still like to incorporate music in their curriculum. The traditional Music minor is available to all majors and includes classes in music theory, conducting, and applied lessons. The second Music minor is available to Elementary Education majors and includes courses in choral ensemble.

Music Minor Requirements

 

 


Performances Ensembles


Our Music program boasts 11 all-star performance ensembles, giving you the opportunity to earn scholarship dollars, meet lifelong friends, and have fun showcasing McKendree’s musical talent.

  • Chamber Choir

  • Chamber Ensembles for Woodwind and Brass

  • Concert Band

  • Concert Choir

  • Wind Ensemble

  • Jazz Ensembles & Jazz Combo

  • Percussion Ensembles

  • Vocal Jazz Ensemble

  • Marching Bearcat Band

 

 

 

Photo of McKendree's Entryway MonumentWhy McKendree?


McKendree University provides you with interactive learning opportunities through our small class sizes, experienced faculty, and unique internship experiences that move you beyond the classroom. We are committed to your success in the degree programs we offer, the internships and extracurricular activities that will set you apart, and the college experience you’ll get here. Just 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis, Missouri, McKendree University is located in historic Lebanon, Illinois, and affords students a host of enriching cultural, career, and entertainment opportunities.

 

 

Program Highlights

 

  • Minors in Music and Dance give you the tools to pursue your dreams while majoring in another related field.

  • More than 10 different performance ensembles in everything from jazz combo to concert band enable you to make lasting memories doing what you love while earning scholarship funds.

  • Music in Our Schools program allows you to introduce local children to the art of music through concerts, events, and interactive clinics.

  • The Hettenhausen Center for the Arts: Opened in 2006, the Hett gives music students an impressive venue to demonstrate their talents to audiences. Perform in this state-of-the-art theater that’s hosted countless professional dancers, musicians, and actors from around the world.

 

 

 

Photo of McKendree Seal MarkerUnique Teaching Experiences


Music Education students have numerous opportunities to teach before their formal student teaching placement. Refine your conducting skills and rehearsal techniques from the sight-reading to the performance as you conduct McKendree’s concert choir, concert band, and the concert band for the Young People’s Concert Series.

Junior and senior Music Education majors gain even more experience running master classes and sectionals during the week-long Junior High Summer Concert Band Camp. As a senior, you’ll also have the chance to serve as one of the band directors at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Troy, Illinois

 

 

 

Employment Opportunities


Music Education majors find employment as private music teachers, as well as band and choral directors for K-12 schools. Our graduates lead music programs for school districts all across the State of Illinois.

 

 

 

What Our Students & Alumni Are Saying

 

Quotation GraphicMcKendree faculty believed in me from the start. With the small class sizes, I got the one-on-one attention I needed and gained the knowledge to help me inside and outside the classroom, which I now transfer to my students. Now, I’m teaching as the main director at a great school with great kids and I owe McKendree for giving me the confidence, knowledge, and passion to do so.”

~ Hope Waters ’16, K-12 Music Director for Morrisonville Community Unit School District #1 in Morrisonville, Illinois

 

Quotation GraphicMcKendree really prepared me for going into my own career as a music educator! Throughout my time earning my degree, I learned more than just material out of a textbook. I learned how to deal with real life situations in the classroom, what it really means to be an educator, and so much more! McKendree was an amazing place to call home for the four years that I attended, and I couldn't have asked for better professors to help me become successful and to make my first years as a music educator go smoothly.”

~ Megan Zurliene ’15, Sesser-Valier Community Unit Schools #196 Director of Bands in Sesser, Illinois

 

 

 

Interesting Courses

 

  • Music Technology

  • Band & Choir Organization

  • Jazz Band Techniques

 

 

 

Club Information / Honor Societies

 

  • Kappa Kappa Psi (National Honorary Band Fraternity)

  • Kappa Delta Pi (Education Honor Society)

  • National Association for Music Education

  • Bands

  • Percussion Organization of Students

 

 

 

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Meet the Faculty

Photo of Nancy Ypma, D.Mus.Nancy Ypma, D.Mus.

Chair of the Division of Visual & Performing Arts
Professor of Music
Hettenhausen Center for the Arts
(618) 537-6922

nypma@mckendree.edu 


Photo of Jennifer Moder, Ph.D.Jennifer Moder, IPhD

Assistant Professor of Music Education
Director of Concert Band & Wind Ensemble
Hettenhausen Center for the Arts 1090
(618) 537-6428
jamoder@mckendree.edu

 

Full List of Music Department Faculty & Staff

 


 


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