Music Education

The Music Education Program at UVM is an ideal size--small enough for all students to receive individual attention, and positioned within the College of Arts & Sciences music department so that students have access to nine full-time artist-faculty and more than 20 part-time, performing artists who teach private lessons.

You declare your intent to be a Music Education major at the time you apply to UVM and you audition for admission as well. Then, during your sophomore year, you present your work for consideration to be admitted into professional coursework leading to a music educator's license to teach.

In addition to music education, education, and general education courses, students take private lessons in their primary instrument, study piano, and take courses in music theory and aural skill, music history, music technology, conducting, instrumental and vocal pedagogy.

Students in the music education program have many options for performing, including Concert Band, Concert Choir, University Symphony Orchestra, Jazz "Big" Band, University Symphony Orchestra, Vermont Wind Ensemble, Catamount Singers, Percussion Ensemble, Chamber Ensembles, Swing and Bop Septet, Afro-Latin Combo, and Jazz Quartets.

Special opportunities for our students also include studying music and teaching practices in international or other diverse cultural settings; video-conferencing with under-privileged children and/or children in isolated locations; and participating as music composition mentors in the nationally-acclaimed Vermont MIDI Project.

Throughout the Music Education Program, students are in the schools observing and teaching children. During the first two years, while students are taking pedagogy courses, they engage in coordinated observation experiences in the field. While taking instrumental, general, and vocal music methods courses in the junior year, students are also in the schools collaboratively teaching instrumental, general, and vocal lessons alongside their peers in practicum placements.

In the senior year students engage in a semester-long Teaching Internship which culminates in a 2-week solo-teaching experience. UVM has a very active Collegiate MENC (Music Educators National Conference) chapter that attends regional Orff-Schulwerk workshops, the state VMEA Conference, and travels annually to the MENC Eastern Division and National Conferences.

The program is approved by the Vermont State Department of Education, which has reciprocity with many states and the District of Columbia. Successful program completion leads to licensure and an endorsement to teach Music Education (PreK-Grade 12).