To inquire about this program:
Music Admission Office | 773-325-7444 ​

The Music Education program integrates courses and field experiences that will prepare you to teach music in kindergarten through 12th grade in a variety of urban and suburban education settings, including public and private schools.

You will learn educational theories and effective teaching techniques, observe professional music educators at DePaul and in the Chicago community, and student teach.

As a Music Education major, you will acquire:

  • An understanding of educational theories
  • The ability to use rehearsal techniques, principles and strategies for teaching voice, instruments and ensembles
  • A familiarity with appropriate literature for various levels of orchestra, band, chorus and music classes
  • The ability to create effective lesson plans
The Music Education program curriculum includes courses in:

  • Accompanying
  • Clinical experiences with children and youth
  • Conducting
  • Human growth and development
  • Instrumental methods and lab
  • Instrumental techniques
  • Music methods and lab
  • Vocal methods and lab

Prior to graduation, the School of Music's Office of Career Planning and Placement will work closely with you to prepare a file that will be used in your job application process. Upon graduation, you will receive the Illinois K-12 Music Teacher Certification. 

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