Ithaca's commitment to hands-on, field-based learning means you will observe classes in your freshman and sophomore years and teach classes in your junior year -- earlier than in most undergraduate programs. Two years of foundational study -- teaching techniques and educational psychology, for example -- prepares you for the classroom. Then, to help refine your teaching skills, a teaching professional and mentor will provide you with one-to-one advice. You will gain additional professional experience and feedback in your senior year as a student teacher in a local public school.
Although the program is designed for focused work in vocal and instrumental music education, it fulfills the academic requirements for a birth-through-12th-grade New York State teaching certification for all areas of music. Through reciprocity agreements, the program also fulfills basic academic requirements necessary for certification in most other states.
Still not convinced this is one of the finest music education programs in the country? On a consistent basis, one hundred percent of our graduates who actively seek a teaching position find one, and they also have a strong record of being accepted into major graduate programs.