Ithaca's music education majors are known not only for being great teachers, but also top-notch performers and musicians.
We believe performance skills are a vital part of your preparation to teach others. You can take advantage of that approach in our four-and-a-half-year, double-degree program. You'll get the best of both worlds -- field-based preparation in music education and intensive study of your instrument or voice. You will also study conducting, take part in one or more of our many ensembles, and learn how to use multimedia in the classroom.
This program places equal emphasis on both music education and performance. You can learn more about the music school's related undergraduate programs in each individual area:
Facilities of Note
Just as you recognize the crucial importance of a professional-quality instrument to play on, you also understand the need for professional-quality facilities in which to play. Our magnificent James J. Whalen Center for Music is the perfect setting for you to study, research, rehearse, and perform.
Take note of the many practice rooms -- some 90 in all -- or admire the excellent acoustics of the faculty studios where you will have your weekly private lessons. Perhaps you'll browse the ensemble collection library or view the spacious instrumental and choral rehearsal rooms as well as the jazz rehearsal room. And you will make extensive use of the state-of-the-art Carl and Helene Wickstrom Music Education Center, with its exceptional collections of general music basal series, method books, musical scores, maps, and other teaching materials -- not to mention the multimedia music education classroom.
Take your pick of venues to envision the culmination of all your hours of practice. On any of our stages -- our majestic, 735-seat concert hall, our 250-seat chamber recital hall, or our intimate, 150-seat recital room -- you will be ready to give the performance of your life.