Music Education Major

Music Education: Instrumental Major

Bachelor of Music

With a music education: instrumental K-12 degree, you’ll blend your passion for music and teaching to help youth grow in their appreciation of music and develop into skilled instrumentalists.

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Become who you’re meant to be. While earning a B.Mus.Ed in Music Education: Instrumental major, you’ll receive rigorous training in teaching methods, music theory, composition and more. You’ll be equipped to inspire the next generation of musicians across various educational settings as a teacher and in various roles.

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Why should I study instrumental K-12 emphasis at Bethel?

Here, you’ll find a Christ-centered learning community where you belong. Your learning will center in the Department of Music and Performing Arts and the Department of Education, where you’ll learn from professors who get to know you personally and invest in your success.

  • Faith-fueled learning. You’ll learn to use your God-given musical talents to go into the world and serve with purpose, whether in performance, teaching, or composing.
  • A respected education program. You’ll study education in a department known and respected around the region and beyond for its strong teacher preparation. In fact, many area principals look to hire recent Bethel graduates, and many students secure a full-time job before graduation.
  • Collaborative work. Work closely with experienced faculty members, receiving personalized mentorship and guidance in both musical and educational aspects.

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Courses and Skills

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Throughout the Music Education: Instrumental Emphasis program, you’ll cultivate a versatile set of skills essential for effective music teaching and performance.

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Musical performance proficiency.

Enhance your musical performance skills through rigorous training, excelling as both as performer and music educator.

A strong base in education and training methods.

You’ll learn teaching methods, curriculum design, the ability to instruct small and large groups, and the means to measure and evaluate your techniques

Expertise in teaching instruments.

Master the intricacies of teaching a wide variety of instruments, including brass, percussion, and woodwind instruments. And you’ll gain insight into developing curriculum tailored for music education.

Music theory and composition.

Strengthen your foundation in music theory to analyze, interpret, and teach musical compositions. And learn how to compose and arrange, enabling you to create original music pieces and adapt existing compositions for various instrumental settings.

Conducting.

Learn conducting techniques to effectively lead musical ensembles.

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Academic Plans

The best way to get a sense for life at Bethel is to experience it for yourself. Meet professors and students, enjoy the beautiful lakeside campus, and feel the energy of our faith-filled community.

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Learning opportunities

What experiences will I have?

Hands-on learning is at the core of all Bethel majors. In the music education: instrumental K-12 program, you'll find numerous opportunities to get involved, apply what you’ve learned, and gain experience to prepare for a successful career in music education. And Bethel’s size and vibrant community will allow you to pursue ways to get involved right away.

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Student teaching and classroom experience.

From your first day on campus, you’ll have numerous classroom experiences in a range of diverse settings in our partner schools. And you’ll spend a semester student teaching full time in a local classroom. And we have many partnerships with area schools that will help you find the best fit that suits your goals.

Performance opportunities.

Regularly perform in several home events like Festival of Christmas, Classics in the Great Hall, and Jazz in the Great Hall. You’ll perform regularly in our Benson Great Hall, a premier venue in the Twin Cities metro.

Participation in music tours.

Participate in music ensembles that travel across the United States and abroad. Previous locations have included Singapore, Malaysia, Poland, Sweden, France, and more. And you can study music and education during trips abroad over a full semester, January, and summer.

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Careers and Outcomes

What can I do with this degree?

Upon completing the Music Education: Instrumental Emphasis program, you'll be equipped for various roles in music education and beyond, including:

Teaching.

Inspire students and cultivate their musical passion while teaching fundamental skills in singing and instrumentals within classroom settings.

Directing.

Lead and guide instrumental ensembles such as bands or orchestras, fostering individual growth and collective excellence among musicians.

Private lesson instructor.

Provide personalized instruction to students, helping them refine their musical abilities through one-on-one sessions.

Arts administration.

Manage music programs, organizations, or venues, promoting music appreciation and cultural engagement within the broader community.

Composition/Arrangement.

Craft original musical compositions or adapt existing pieces for instrumental ensembles, contributing creatively to the musical landscape.

Graduate school.

Your degree prepares you for further education in music education or related fields, empowering you for leadership roles and ongoing professional growth.

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Meet your professors

You’ll learn alongside faculty who are distinguished scholars and faithful Christians. They’ll know you by name and invest in your success. Professors are accessible and usually have an open-door policy so you can stop by with questions, and you’ll often find students gathered in the “HiPPos Suite.”

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Contact

Phone: 612.555.5555

Email: departmentinfo@bethel.edu

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Rollin King

Professor of Chemistry and Department Chair

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Brandon Winters

Professor of Chemistry and Department Chair

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Rollin King

Professor of Chemistry and Department Chair

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Brandon Winters

Professor of Chemistry and Department Chair

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Recent grads have performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Minnesota Opera, The Banff Festival Orchestra, The Aspen Festival, The Oregon Bach Festival, and the nation’s service bands.

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music education grads since 2011 are teaching

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Christian Formation

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Careers and Outcomes

Scholarships

Upon completing the Music Education: Instrumental Emphasis program, you'll be equipped for various roles in music education and beyond, including:

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Program Options

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Bethel’s small size, strong community, and liberal arts focus allows you to personalize your education by adding additional majors or minors. In fact, about 30% of students double major—and many pursue degrees in vastly different disciplines.

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