Why should I choose music education at Mason?
Why should I choose music education?
A music educator teaches the art of music and music appreciation to all ages, at all levels of experience, in every field of music imaginable. The music education field serves as the backbone for ensembles like choir, band, and orchestra, as well as theory and piano concentrations. As a music educator, you are expected to set the highest standards of professionalism and musicianship for your students. Your job is to spark the imaginations of your students and to enrich the lives of others with music as a teacher, counselor, and leader. If you are passionate about spreading your knowledge of your instrument and fueling a lifelong love of learning music, then this job is for you!
What does the music education degree process consist of at Mason?
The music education degree consists of training in theory, aural skills, keyboard, large ensemble experience, pedagogy in your primary instrument and instruments in the same family, the basics of all instruments, general education psychology and management, and general education classes. Your first year and a half will consist of taking aural skills, theory, keyboard, ensemble, general education, music history, and instrumental methods classes, along with private lessons on your instrument. After taking the MTEC, an exam that will justify your ability to be recognized into the music education program, you will begin general education courses, instrumental methods, classroom management, and finally, student teaching.
That sounds like a lot, and music educators don’t get paid much. Why is this the job for me?
I’m glad you’re asking the practical questions, because music education is one of the most employable music concentrations. Studies show that over 75% of music majors focusing in education land a job after graduation, whereas half of those majoring in performance also land jobs. Music teachers conduct ensembles, create hands-on learning projects, set up concerts and get their ensembles ready for district and solo assessments, and go to conferences to meet and share their experiences with likeminded scholars and trade professionals. We benefit by creating enriching experiences for developing musicians everywhere and for broadening musical horizons, wherever they decide to go after college. Teaching is said to be a thankless job– but changing the lives of students everywhere is worth the time and effort.