BM in Music EducationThe WVU Music Education program aims to raise the status of music education regionally and nationally through cultivation of highly effective practice and relevant knowledge in undergraduate students, graduate students, and in-service music educators. Students who successfully complete the WVU Music Education curriculum and all tests required by the West Virginia Department of Education will be qualified for a professional certificate, Birth – Adult Music, that will enable them to teach instrumental, vocal, and general music in West Virginia schools.
Undergraduate Curriculum Overview
The WVU Music Education curriculum is comprehensive and will prepare students for a variety of teaching settings.
General Education Courses:
Courses that balance professional specialization in music, such as writing, humanities
and fine arts, social and behavioral sciences, and natural sciences and mathematics.
Content Area Courses: Courses that increase skills as a musician, such as principal performance studies,
ensembles, voice, piano, music theory (aural and written), music listening,
music history, conducting, and arranging
Education Courses: Courses that develop knowledge of teaching, learning, and schools, including
Introduction to Music Education and educational psychology
Pedagogy Courses: Courses that develop skills as a teacher and performer of various secondary instruments,
such as woodwinds, recorder, brass, guitar, strings, percussion, and voice
Methods Courses: Courses that develop skills as a teacher in each of the three major areas of
Music Education (instrumental music, vocal music, and general music), including
- Capstone Experience: A two-week preparatory seminar and a fourteen-week supervised teaching internship in K-12 schools requiring successful integration of the knowledge and demonstration of the skills acquired throughout the undergraduate experience