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Music Education, B.Mus.

Experience Music at Immaculata University

When did you learn to love music? Perhaps your parents are musicians – or there is a strong possibility that you were exposed to the world of music by a favorite music teacher who encouraged you to pursue your passion even if it was playing Chopsticks on a piano.

As one of the oldest academic programs at Immaculata, the music education program prepares students to become certified music educators in public, private, or religious-affiliated schools from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Being designated an All-Steinway School, Immaculata students have access to Steinway concert grand pianos and numerous Steinway-made practice pianos.

At A Glance

Program: Bachelor of Music with teaching certification
Audience: Undergraduate students
Format: Face-to-face classes
Next Start Date: August 26, 2024
Time to Completion Four years

“As a place I called home for four years, IU did not just prepare me for my career as a teacher and musician, but guided me to develop lifelong skills applicable to all my endeavors. My time, involvement and leadership roles on campus, combined with the support of the Immaculata community, made me realize the values of networking, striving for excellence in performance, accountability, taking risks and professional etiquette. My Immaculata education provided me with a solid foundation for my present and future career as a music teacher and created a satisfying preparation for my current studies in graduate school.”

Cameron Stringham
Music Teacher at the Girard Academic Music Program

Opportunities and Outcomes

Our faculty members love music and will inspire you to love it, too. As accomplished scholars, performers, and educators, they are well-connected in the music world and can assist you with networking. You’ll get personal attention during private lessons from professors who will encourage you to continually strive for artistic improvement.

Immaculata offers a number of musical organizations as well as ensembles for a variety of instruments and musical tastes. You’ll have frequent chances to perform, either in a group or solo.

You will have plenty of performance opportunities with IU’s musical organizations and ensembles. In addition, you can join a musical club or organization:

  • American Choral Directors Association
  • Cue and Curtain Theatre
  • Immaculata Symphony
  • In Unison (Acapella Group)
  • Variety Show

In addition, you can also become a member of the Immaculata Chapter of PCMEA (Pennsylvania Collegiate Music Educators Association) and its affiliate NAfME (the National Association for Music Education).

Following completion of the program, students apply for certification by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The Pennsylvania certification is recognized by other states, and out-of-state students easily secure reciprocal certification in their home states.

Where Can I Work?

Our music education program prepares aspiring music teachers to work in every capacity: elementary, middle, high school, as well as general, choral, and instrumental music. Because performance is emphasized within the curriculum, our program’s graduates are not just teachers, but musician-teachers who will be able to master their instrument for use inside the classroom and for other music opportunities, such as teaching private lessons and playing for churches, musical theatre, and bands.

Accreditation

Immaculata is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and the Music Education program is in compliance with the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).

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