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Bachelor of Arts in Music Education

About the B.A. in Music Education Degree

Cedarville’s distinctly Christian Bachelor of Music Education degree will prepare you to teach vocal, instrumental, or general music in grades K–12 in public and Christian schools.

At Cedarville University, Bach’s famous phrase “Soli Deo Gloria” — for the glory of God alone — is more than a slogan. It is the mission that drives all that we do to honor the Master Creator through our creativity. Study in our music program and learn from accomplished professors who will mentor and inspire you. Master your skills in our world-class facilities. Experience the preparation you need for your career or graduate school. Pursue your passion for music and for teaching while worshipping the Master Composer at Cedarville University.

Music Education Program Highlights

Customizable — You will choose from a choral or instrumental track.

Broad — You will graduate equipped to effectively teach music at the elementary, middle school, or high school level by selecting appropriate methods, materials, and music; planning course outcomes and activities; presenting course content; and evaluating course outcomes.

Certification — You will receive the skills, knowledge, and competencies required for state certification and employment as a music teacher.

Selective (audition required) — You will be accepted into the music program — and be eligible for a department scholarship — based on a successful audition with music faculty.

Outcomes for Music Education Majors

  • Our teacher-candidates are known for their quality of education, commitment to the field of education, and their diversified experiences to prepare them for teaching in the classroom. Cedarville education graduates are teaching all around the world in public, private, Christian, urban, international, and mission schools! Our music education majors have found great success in finding employment after graduation — last year 100% of our graduates who have wanted to find full-time teaching positions have found them. Public school districts, private academies, and charter schools across the country have found our music education students to be well prepared and imminently capable.
  • Testing Success! Every teacher candidate is required to complete licensure exams in order to be a licensed teacher in the state of Ohio. The teacher-candidates at Cedarville University are well prepared for these exams, as evidenced by our 99% success pass rate on the licensure exams (data from the 2015-2016 Ohio Assessment for Educators Pass rate Test Summary Results Analyzer). The average pass rate for teacher-candidates in the state of Ohio is 91% success.
  • As a graduate of the Teacher Education Program at Cedarville University, you will receive two teaching certifications. Our accreditation status enables you to receive a state of Ohio teaching license in your field of study that is transferable to any state in the U.S. You will also qualify to receive an Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) certificate, which allows you to teach internationally and in Christian schools. The ACSI certificate is nationally recognized and does not require state-to-state transfer.
  • Because our curriculum is so effective in training active musicians — and not only music teachers, some music education majors have entered graduate school directly and some even have pursued full-time professional performance positions.

Opportunities for Music Education Majors

You coursework will be complemented by the following opportunities as you complete your music education degree.

Performance opportunities — Musically, you will have many opportunities to use and develop your gifts within the Department of Music and Worship. You can choose from choral, instrumental, chamber, and worship ensembles with performance opportunities both on and off campus.

Field experiences early and often! — The School of Education believes that it is important that our teacher-candidates have many hands-on experiences in schools. That is why you will engage in local school settings during your first year as a teacher-candidate at Cedarville University and will continue to experience teaching within a school setting each year of your teacher training at Cedarville. By the time you graduate, you will have completed more than 600 hours in classroom experiences!

Chi Delta Epsilon — Cedarville's education student organization is a Christ-centered community built on equipping teachers to serve each other and those around them. Throughout the year, you will participate in professional growth events, ministry opportunities, and fun activities. You’ll also have ministry opportunities through the adopt-a-senior program, the birthday ministry, breakfast for teachers, and other ministries. Any education major is welcome!

The Xenia Partnership Program — This is a new and exciting program that allows you to be a part of a field experience and classroom learning within one of the schools in nearby Xenia City School District. You will learn teaching strategies and practices from Cedarville University professors while engaging those practices and theories in real classrooms with real students and teachers.

Cross-cultural experiences/classes in Ireland — This year, our faculty will be lead a group of teacher- candidates to Ireland to complete several of the core teaching courses in another culture. As part of this three-week adventure, you will earn credit for your courses, observe classrooms and the education system in another country, and have one-on-one opportunities to minister to the people of Ireland.

Overseas student teaching program — You may choose to complete your student-teaching experience overseas. This experience occurs as the final semester of your study as a teacher-candidate at Cedarville University. You will spend approximately 16 weeks overseas in an English-speaking school. The School of Education of Cedarville University works with CCTEC to coordinate an overseas experience for teacher-candidates who wish to complete their student teaching internship abroad. You may choose to go to almost any country in the world and will receive specialized training for this experience. Recent teacher-candidates have completed their Overseas Student Teaching Program in the following countries:

  • Africa
  • Australia
  • China
  • Dominican Republic
  • Hungary
  • New Zealand
  • Spain
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Soli Deo Gloria Music Scholarships

Cedarville University offers music scholarships of up to $6,000 per year for students majoring in music. You can combine your music scholarship with Cedarville’s other generous academic and need-based scholarships.

Music and Worship

Cedarville's music and worship program builds a strong artistic, intellectual, and practical foundation for professional careers and graduate studies.

School of Education

Cedarville's School of Education is equipping Christian teachers to make a Gospel impact in their future classrooms.

Placement Success

We’re proud of our successful graduates! 100% of 2016 graduates from the School of Education were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. Check out Cedarville’s other placement rates.

Program Faculty

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Bruce Curlette, D.M.A.

Professor of Music; Director of Clarinet Ensemble

  • Location DMC 121
  • phone-handset 937-766-7565
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Jeremy Ervin, Ph.D.

Dean, Associate Professor of Education

  • Location WI 107
  • phone-handset 937-766-4471
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Department of Music and Worship

Music Education Program Curriculum

Building on your core liberal arts and Bible minor courses, you will take a wide array of core music and education courses that include one-on-one private lessons, large and small ensemble experiences, and relevant, real-life oriented music education courses that will make you a successful teacher in today’s classroom.

Sample courses:
  • Music Education Field Experience
  • Student Teaching and Seminar - Multi-Age
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