The Bachelor of Music Education program offered at the Bloomsburg and Mansfield campuses is designed to meet teacher certification requirements set by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Completion of the music education degree prepares students to teach both vocal and instrumental music at the pre-K through high school levels. Students have opportunities to observe, participate, and teach in school settings prior to student teaching to give them more experience in the classroom while at CU. The degree concludes with a term of student teaching that includes a professional seminar focusing on resume and cover letter writing, mock interviews, and certification procedures.
The program attempts to provide a balance between a broad general education, the intensive training necessary to develop a professional musician, and the background of professional study and experience necessary for entering the field of education in today's society. Students have the opportunity to gain teaching experience in both the elementary and secondary music classroom during their course of study, in lab settings, and in student teaching.
Students select to be tracked in either the vocal or instrumental area, thereby meeting the needs of the public school systems in their demand for specialization. Voice students are typically placed in the vocal track, while students studying band and orchestra instruments are typically placed in the instrumental track. Piano and guitar students can choose between the two tracks. Exceptions to these assignments may be petitioned to music education faculty no later than the sophomore year. Pennsylvania certifies music teachers to teach Pre-kindergarten through 12th grade music (all areas), so this degree program provides for a broad base of instruction for all students with ample choral, instrumental, and general music exposure and experiences.