About the Program
WSU’s music education experience is well-rounded and designed to prepare you for a lifetime of teaching in the music classroom. Our faculty have hands-on experience in the field, are knowledgeable about current research and trends, and are innovative in their approach to teaching future music educators.
Gaining experience as an educator can be difficult prior to your first job. We believe that it is imperative to give you experiences that will prepare you for your career throughout our entire program. This includes field experiences of observation and teaching, weekly lab bands/choirs to keep your skills as an educator honed, and regular videotaping and self-evaluation throughout the program.
Those that leave our program and are seeking employment find it. We are happy to have WSU grads as educators throughout the west coast and Northwest Region.
Although we will make you work to be the best educator you can, we believe in a non-competitive and nurturing atmosphere throughout your experience. There is an openness and caring demeanor that is gained when a student feels welcome and cared for. We believe this also carries into their teaching.
- Prepare students for the classroom with a breadth of skill and knowledge. This will allow our students to be prepared for the needs of the classroom, students, and administration.
- Create a sense of lifelong learning. The music classroom and the education system are constantly evolving. While we wish to have confident educators we also want to instill a sense of creativity and wonder. This will allow our students to evolve throughout their careers and to be able to work through inevitable change.
- Prepare our students for a lifetime of teaching. Teaching is a stressful job in addition to be rewarding. We believe in teaching our music education students to strive for the best from their students while understanding that societal and administrative pressures can be dealt with constructively.
Music Ed Labs
Each week our students gather to play/sing for each other in a lab environment. Here each student sings/plays a secondary instrument in a classroom setting while one of our music education students conducts/teaches. We also use this time to learn how to teach music theory, sight-reading, and history. Each teaching segment is recorded and submitted in a portfolio.
RSOs (registered student organizations) are an essential part of our program and offer extra-curricular opportunities for experiences, lectures, and outside clinicians. In addition, these RSOs (CNAFME – Collegiate National Association for Music Education and ACDA-American Choral Directors Association) offer regional and national conferences that are a wonderful way to expand your horizons as a music educator. These RSOs also aid in the reduced cost of our annual music banquet and travel/registration reimbursement for conference attendance.
There are many scholarships available for qualified students. Here are our top three:
School of Music Scholarship:
Students must audition to be considered. Visit our scholarship webpage for more information. School of Music scholarships can be awarded throughout your degree.
WSU General Scholarship:
This application will allow you to be considered for over 700 university scholarships. You can find the link to the application here. WSU scholarships can be awarded throughout your degree.
R.H. and Jane Logan Scholarship:
Students who intend to teach in public schools can apply for these scholarships. Visit the scholarship information here. Click on “WSU Scholarships” and your find the expandable link at the bottom. These scholarships can be awarded throughout your degree.
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Our faculty are world-class and have a wealth of knowledge. They are all eager to meet, teach, support you.
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