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Music Education

Department of Music

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A degree program designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and musicianship to become a vital, contributing music educator.

The Bachelor of Music degree with a major in music education provides students with the knowledge, skills, and musicianship to become vital music educators. Building on a core curriculum that includes music theory, history, and literature, as well as ensemble performance and applied study, music education majors complete education courses that fulfill Minnesota Licensure requirements (K-12).

Specialized study in conducting, classroom methods, and instrumental or choral techniques develops the fundamental skills and sensitivity needed for K-12 music educators. Moreover, a layered system of devoted faculty in partnership with local educational organizations supports students as they transition from UMD’s coursework to becoming leaders in their own classrooms, studios, and stages.

Opportunities for Performance

Instrumental: UMD’s bands include the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the Concert Band, and the Bulldog Pep Bands. There is a full symphony orchestra as well as a chamber orchestra. The jazz bands include Jazz Ensemble I, which has won Midwest competitions, several other jazz ensembles, a guitar ensemble, and a number of jazz combos. Jazz ensemble 1 has a strong history of performance excellence, including several award winning efforts. The annual Head of the Lakes Jazz Festival provides the opportunity for students to perform and work with internationally renowned jazz artists. Past clinicians have included Toshiko Akiyoshi, Frank Foster, Rufus Reid, Bobby Shew, Jim McNeely, Freddie Hubbard, Steve Turre, Randy Brecker, Slide Hampton, and Claudio Roditi.

Vocal: UMD vocal ensembles include the University Singers, which tours internationally, Chamber Singers, Concert Chorale, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and Opera Workshop, which presents a full opera production in the spring with orchestra. 

Other Performance Opportunities: Auditions are open for both vocal and instrumental performers in UMD Theatre’s musical productions. Selected UMD music majors also perform in the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Chorus, the Twin Ports Wind Ensemble or the Big Time Jazz Orchestra. Vocal students often participate in the church choirs of the community.

Official Degree Requirements | University Catalog | Music Education B.Mus.

More about this major | Academic Programs | Music Education B.Mus.

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PDF icon2019–2020 program sheet and four-year sample plan | Instrumental
PDF icon2019–2020 program sheet and four-year sample plan | Vocal