Mission, Goals, and Outcomes


Developing exemplary music educators who are committed to serving others for the betterment of self and society.


  • To provide a comprehensive knowledge of music through performance, creation, and description.
  • To provide a systematic, experience-based curriculum in the areas of music philosophy, methodology, psychology, pedagogy, and field experience.
  • To provide training in the pedagogical skills necessary for teaching all children from birth through grade 12 diverse, sequentially valid, and artistically rich musical experiences.
  • To provide an environment that promotes and encourages life-long learning and professional and service-related collaboration.

Content Knowledge: The Bachelor of Music in Music Education graduate demonstrates a rich and thorough understanding of content and skill knowledge (processes of creating, performing, and describing), theories, and issues comprising the discipline (proficiency in performance/musicianship, conducting, and rehearsing), including an understanding of cognitive, physical, and social development.

Planning and Instruction/Implementation: The Bachelor of Music in Music Education graduate plans and implements effective, developmentally appropriate (intellectually, physically, socially, and psychologically) lessons and curricula based upon sound principles of content knowledge, skill development, and pedagogy. The graduate implements the National Standards in Music Education and uses appropriate materials and strategies to develop students’ critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.

Positive Learning Environment: The Bachelor of Music in Music Education graduate creates safe, healthy, dynamic, and motivational learning environments that encourage every student to meet standards, to develop independence, to become actively involved, and to trust, take risks, and collaborate.

Diversity: The Bachelor of Music in Music Education graduate demonstrates and celebrates a foundational knowledge of the unique nature, abilities, cultures, and characteristics of all learners, including literacy and second language acquisition, and is able to modify instruction so everyone can be successful. The graduate also believes that all students can and should have rich and diverse musical experiences and is committed to teach music in a diverse society to all people regardless of individual difference or ability.

Technology: The Bachelor of Music in Music Education graduate effectively utilizes technology to enhance students’ learning and professional growth.

Assessment: The Bachelor of Music in Music Education graduate develops and utilizes a variety of assessment approaches designed to evaluate student learning and performance, encourages student reflection and self-evaluation, provides feedback, and shapes future lesson planning and curricula.

Collaboration and Outreach: The Bachelor of Music in Music Education graduate fosters positive relationships and collaborates with a variety of target groups (e.g. students, colleagues, families, local community members, etc.) in order to promote and enhance partnerships within the learning environment.

Professional Development: The Bachelor of Music in Music Education graduate continually seeks to expand knowledge and improve effectiveness as a teacher, to make positive professional contributions, and to exhibit the professional disposition of an emerging teacher. The graduate reflects on teaching, students’ performance, and developments in the field to extend knowledge and refine a personal philosophy of music education

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