Music Education

Many of the finest music teachers in Colorado and beyond are graduates of the University of Northern Colorado music education program. Our faculty includes specialists in choral, instrumental, and general music, with extensive experience as public school teachers.

UNC music education students are thoroughly trained in the discipline of music and fully prepared in the art of pedagogy. Our program is dedicated to the preparation of the best musician/teachers of the future — come visit us!

Excellence in Education

Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Music Education
  • Instrumental Music, K-12 Teaching Emphasis
  • Vocal, Piano, and General Music K-12 Teaching Emphasis

Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Music, Music Education Emphasis
  • Doctor of Arts, Music Education Emphasis

Learn more about Undergraduate and Graduate Music Degrees at UNC.

Coursework for music education majors includes extensive study focused on private instruction, music theory and music history, ensemble performance, and the development of pedagogical skills and understandings. Opportunities in the School of Music and the College of Education allow music education majors to interact extensively with area public school music teachers and their students.

Classes in the Music Education program may include:

  • Guitar in the Classroom
  • Wind Literature, Pedagogy, and Conducting
  • String Techniques
  • Teaching Instrumental Music in Secondary Schools
  • Marching Band Techniques

Career options for graduates of the Composition program include:

  • Elementary Music Teacher
  • Secondary Music Teacher
  • Post-Secondary Music Teacher
  • Private Lesson Instructor
  • Music Director
  • Performer

Learn about the application process to UNC and the School of Music.

How to Apply

Resources for Current Music Education students can be found here.

Helping Great Musicians Become Great Teachers

Many of the finest music teachers in Colorado and beyond are graduates of the University of Northern Colorado music education program. Our faculty includes specialists in choral, instrumental, and general music, with extensive experience as public school teachers. UNC music education students are thoroughly trained in the discipline of music and are fully prepared in the art of pedagogy.

Programs

Undergraduate Study

Entering students may declare a music education major upon their audition for the School of Music. Coursework for entering music education majors is similar to those for other music majors, with extensive study focused on private instruction, music theory and music history, ensemble performance, and liberal arts classes. Formal admittance to the Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) typically occurs at the end of the sophomore year, after which time additional coursework is pursued (concurrent with continued music study) which focuses on the development of pedagogical skills and understandings. Through coursework and through other opportunities in the School of Music and the College of Education, music education students interact extensively with area public school music teachers and their students. Music education students perform a public recital, typically in their junior or senior year. The program culminates in student teaching — a full-immersion, full-time, semester-long placement in elementary and secondary music programs.

UNC music education graduates earn their Colorado K-12 music teacher licensure along with their Bachelor of Music Education degree. This license may be honored in other states as well. UNC music graduates are also accepted for graduate study at institutions across the nation, as well as at UNC. Graduate Programs

Master of Music

Music Education Emphasis

The Master of Music degree assists the professional K-12 music teacher by developing and enriching musical competencies, professional understandings and skills, and personal qualities that are essential for success in a world and profession characterized by perpetual change. The program’s structure allows extensive flexibility in designing an in-depth program based on individual career interests and professional orientation.

Doctor of Arts

Music Education Emphasis

The Doctor of Arts degree in music education emphasizes the philosophy, psychology, and history of music education, as well as research, and prepares the student for assuming collegiate faculty positions in music education and/or leadership positions in public school systems. It includes scholarship and musicianship through study in music history and literature, theory, composition and performance. This degree program places primary emphasis on a comprehensive working knowledge of contemporary music education practices in public school and college music programs and in community and cultural life. Numerous options exist for secondary emphases. The program culminates in the student’s completion of a scholarly dissertation.


Faculty & Staff

 

Jill Burleson Burgett

Associate Director of Choral Studies
Director of Choral Music Education

Jason Byrnes

Tuba
Professor of Music

Alise Brown

Music Methods

Nancy Glen

Elementary General Music Methods

Richard Mayne

Associate Director of Bands

Charlotte Mills

Class Piano
Secondary General Music Methods

Mark Montemayor

Area Head, Music Education

Judith Sapegin

Music Methods

Music Education at the UNC School of Music

 

 

 

 

Colorado Program of Excellence

The School of Music at UNC has been designated a Colorado Program of Excellence – the highest honor the Colorado Commission on Higher Education can bestow on a program offered by a state institution of higher education.