Music Education

Bachelor of Music Education, Instrumental/General
Bachelor of Music Education, Vocal/General

In the classroom.The music education program prepares students for careers as innovative music teachers in K-12 schools. 

Webster-educated music teachers are prepared both to continue strong traditions in American music education and to respond to the ever-evolving demands of musicianship and teaching/learning in the 21st century. Students pursue one of two degree tracks—either vocal/general or instrumental/general— and graduate with a Bachelor of Music Education degree and Missouri state licensure.

Music education majors sharpen their own musicianship through core coursework in music theory, music history, musicianship, and private lessons. Students also study core principles of educational theory and practice through coursework in Webster’s School of Education.

The music education curriculum prepares students to be intellectually curious, socially conscious, musically versatile educators in a variety of classroom settings. It begins with Introduction to Music Education, in which first-year students examine their own experiences as music students, think deeply about important theoretical and sociological considerations in music teaching, and develop their own philosophies of music education. Subsequently, students take methods courses that help them to build a well-stocked and diverse “toolkit” of teaching techniques and strategies.

Throughout their experience, students spend time in a variety of classrooms in the Greater St. Louis Metropolitan Area, observing and assisting teachers and making connections between concepts covered in coursework and the practical considerations of “real world” music teaching. These field experiences culminate in apprentice teaching, in which students teach alongside master practitioners and gain experiences that prepare them for success in their own classrooms.

Music education majors study with faculty members who are experienced teachers, dynamic artists, and devoted scholars. Small class sizes allow these professors to tailor instruction and students’ individual strengths, needs, and interests.

If you plan to major or minor in music you must complete an audition as part of your application to Webster. Check out our audition requirements and submit your application today.

Special Study Opportunities

Performance studies include applied lessons with experts drawn from a powerful roster of artist/teachers, including Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra musicians Heidi Harris (Associate Concertmaster) and Erik Harris (Principal Bass). And weekly master classes for music education majors mean that you have ample opportunity to develop strong performance skills.

World-renowned soprano Christine Brewer, an international performing artist, is Visiting Professor of Voice at Webster University. She conducts an annual series of lectures and master classes at the Webster Groves campus.

Student teachers may request an eight-week teaching placement in The Hague (near our campus in Leiden, the Netherlands) or in Vienna, home to legendary composers Beethoven, Mozart and Strauss where Webster has had a campus since 1981. When student-teaching abroad, you are paired with a teacher in an American-style (filled with embassy, corporate, and military kids), complementing your other eight-week student-teaching placement back at home in the US.

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