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Music remains an important part of enriching our lives. With Bethel’s instrumental K-12 emphasis, you’ll learn how to effectively teach students on more than 15 instruments.

Why should I study instrumental music education?

Youth of all ages enjoy music, and music is a vital part of education. The Music Education: Instrumental K-12 degree will allow you to apply your passion to music to help youth grow in their appreciation of music and develop into skilled instrumentalists.

What can I do with this degree?

Our students fill a variety of positions at schools:

  • Classroom music teacher
  • Band director
  • Choir director
  • Orchestra conductor
  • Private lesson teacher
  • Musical arts administrator
  • Composer

What skills will I develop?

  • Methods of teaching brass, percussion, and woodwind instruments
  • Music theory fundamentals
  • Composing
  • Arranging
  • Principles of conducting
  • Methods of teaching elementary and secondary music
  • Education theory
  • Musical performance

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

Hands-On Learning Opportunities: You’ll start learning in the school setting near the start of the program. Additional hands-on learning opportunities throughout the program include practicums, observations, and a semester of student teaching.

Collaboration with Faculty: Work one-on-one with your professors to hone technical skills and collaborate on research and performances.

Musical Tours: Participate in a music group that travels across the United States and abroad. Previous locations have included Singapore, Malaysia, Poland, Sweden, France, and more.

Festival of Christmas: Multiple music groups participate in this popular, large musical festival every year. You’ll perform in Benson Great Hall, a premier performance venue with over 1,700 seats.

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0% music education grads since 2011 are teaching

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Upcoming Events

MAR 23 2018

Chamber Orchestra Home Concert

7:30 p.m. Benson Great Hall

The Chamber Orchestra under conductor Hannah Schendel will present its 2018 home concert.

MAR 24 2018

Wind Symphony Home Concert

7:30 p.m. Benson Great Hall

The Wind Symphony under conductor Steven Thompson will conclude their 2018 spring tour with a concert in Benson Great Hall.

MAR 27 2018

Stephen Self, Organ

7:30 p.m. Benson Great Hall

Professor of Music Stephen Self will open up the mighty Blackinton organ.

APR 19 2018

Södra Vätterbygdens Folkhögskola (SVF) Choir and Bethel Choir Joint Concert

7:30 p.m. Benson Great Hall

The SVF Choir from Jönköping, Sweden, and the Bethel Choir will collaborate to present a concert of choral classics and Swedish folk music during the SVF Choir's 2018 American tour.

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