MUSIC EDUCATION at VCU
Music education is at the core of what it means to educate a child. The goal of Music Education in the PK-12 setting is to develop the musicality of each child: the ability of each child to perceive, process and manipulate music on a personal level. Sequential reasoning skills, temporal/spatial differentiation, and creative problem-solving applications, as well as aesthetic and trans-cultural awareness and positive socialization development are among some of the results which make an appropriate Music Education an essential, fundamental element of the education of every child. Music Education students at VCU are part of an exciting and innovative program designed to guide that musical growth in children.
As students in the Department of Music of the internationally recognized School of the Arts, Music Education majors thrive in an atmosphere of creativity, exceptional musical achievement, hands-on Music Education methodology, and directed field-experiences. Music Education majors at VCU are challenged to demonstrate both excellence through their own personal musicianship and superior skills as a pre-professional Music Educator - in other words, understanding how music is learned in order to understand how to teach. The VCU Music Education faculty is committed to providing a model of individualized, focused attention to each Music Education major resulting in lasting, positive relationships which continue as each student moves into this stimulating and vital profession.
Successful completion of the Bachelor of Music in Music Education program at VCU leads to Collegiate Teaching Certification by the Commonwealth of Virginia for PK-12 Music Education with either a Choral or Instrumental endorsement. To achieve this, the degree is designed so that each student moves through a prescribed, sequential program of artistic, intellectual, and pedagogical skill development and growth. Appropriate differentiated coursework is designed to support specific demands of either endorsement.
EXPLORE CHORAL MUSIC EDUCATION
PRACTICUM: Choral Music education students engage in three 30-hour practicum placements starting in their junior year. Students have hands- on experiences in elementary, middle and high school settings prior to their immersion of student teaching.
STUDENT TEACHING: Student teaching entails full immersion in each of two placements, elementary and secondary, for 8 weeks each. With four major public school systems in our large metropolitan area, we are able to place our students with outstanding mentors in a variety of diverse settings.
GRADUATES: Our Music Education graduates continue to fill jobs across the Commonwealth and out of state, dedicating their energies to developing the next crop of musicians. See our Alumni and Student News page for a listing of some of our outstanding graduates!