Music, Vocal/General Music Education Concentration, B.M.

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Train to be a K-12 music educator with the Vocal/General Music Education Concentration.

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Music, Vocal/General Music Education Concentration, B.M.

The Vocal/General Music Education Concentration in the Bachelor of Music degree is offered by the College of Liberal Arts at MTSU.
If you aspire to be a K–12 general music teacher and/or choral director, become a you'll want to take the Vocal/General Music Education pathway major in the School of Music. Students observe and teach in public schools beginning their first year, and MTSU has close toboasts a near a 100% placement rate for students training to be music educatorsentering the field as a professional music educator. Vocal/General Music Education students perform in ensembles such as Schola Cantorum, Women's SOAL Chorale, Men's TEBA Chorale, Opera Theater, and the MTSU Singers vocal jazz group. At MTSU, you'll learn from Music Education faculty who have K–12 teaching experience in public schools. They are active in state and national professional organizations, and present their scholarly work at conferences, in workshops, and in journal publications. Students who aspire to become K-12 general music teachers and/or choral directors choose to study Vocal/General Education in the School of Music. MTSU students observe and teach in public schools beginning their freshman year. MTSU music education faculty have K-12 experience teaching in the public schools. Faculty are active in state and national professional organizations and present their scholarly work at conferences, workshops, and in journal publications. Vocal/general students perform in ensembles such as Schola Cantorum, Women's Chorale, Men's Chorale, Opera Theater, and the MTSU Singers jazz group. To be admitted into the Bachelor of Music degree program, all entering students must pass an audition before the faculty on their major instrument or voice. Students who do not pass the audition may be allowed, at the discretion of the faculty, to enroll in private music lessons or class instruction for one semester only. At the end of the semester the student must reaudition for admission into the program. In addition, all prospective new or transfer undergraduate music majors and minors are required to take the Music Theory and Aural Skills Diagnostic Exam to determine appropriate placement in the music theory program. For additional information and to schedule a time for the exam, contact the School of Music Office. Students may not enroll in any music theory course until the exam is taken.

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MTSU alumni are leaders in the field of music education

MTSU alumni are leaders in the field of music education

MTSU music education alumni hold leadership positions in professional organizations. MTSU alum Alexis Derryberry (B.M., M.A.) serves as the President of the Tennessee Music Educators Association (TMEA), and Michael Chester (B.M.) is the Executive Director of TMEA. They are pictured here at the state professional development conference at Opryland Hotel. Derryberry teaches general music at Lascassas Elementary, Murfreesboro, and Chester teaches band at Stewarts Creek High School, Smyrna.

MTSU students and faculty participate in Collegiate Advocacy Summit and Hill Day

MTSU students and faculty participate in Collegiate Advocacy Summit and Hill Day

MTSU music education faculty and students regularly participate in the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Collegiate Advocacy Summit and Hill Day where they gain firsthand experience in advocating music education for all. Pictured here are MTSU faculty member Dr. Chris Dye and MTSU alum Hannah Feathers (B.M.) meeting with Representative Phil Roe's staff in Washington, D.C. at the 2019 Hill Day. This annual event allows our students to go behind the scenes as they meet face-to-face with U.S. legislators and their staff in Senate and Representative offices on the Hill and to meet and network with NAfME state and national leaders.

News Briefs

MTSU alumni are leaders in the field of music education

MTSU music education alumni hold leadership positions in professional organizations. MTSU alum Alexis Derryberry (B.M., M.A.) serves as the President of the Tennessee Music Educators Association (TMEA), and Michael Chester (B.M.) is the Executive Director of TMEA. They are pictured here at the state professional development conference at Opryland Hotel. Derryberry teaches general music at Lascassas Elementary, Murfreesboro, and Chester teaches band at Stewarts Creek High School, Smyrna.

MTSU students and faculty participate in Collegiate Advocacy Summit and Hill Day

MTSU music education faculty and students regularly participate in the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Collegiate Advocacy Summit and Hill Day where they gain firsthand experience in advocating music education for all. Pictured here are MTSU faculty member Dr. Chris Dye and MTSU alum Hannah Feathers (B.M.) meeting with Representative Phil Roe's staff in Washington, D.C. at the 2019 Hill Day. This annual event allows our students to go behind the scenes as they meet face-to-face with U.S. legislators and their staff in Senate and Representative offices on the Hill and to meet and network with NAfME state and national leaders.

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MTSU has close to a 100 percent placement rate for students training to be music educators.
Vocal/General Education majors generally go into teaching in public schools, but theymay pursue graduate studies in school administration, conducting, or other music-relatedfields. Some future career possibilities include

  • Church/community chorus director
  • Conductor
  • General music teacher at elementary/middle schools
  • Choral director at middle/high schools
  • Musicologist
  • Music theater director
  • Private vocal teacher
  • School administrator
  • Singer/performer
  • Talent agent
  • University professor
  • Vocalist

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Iowa public schools
  • Jackson (Tenn.) school district
  • Macon County Schools, Tennessee
  • Maury County Schools, Tennessee
  • Memphis City Schools
  • Metro-Nashville Public Schools
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Mississippi public schools
  • Murfreesboro City Schools
  • North Carolina public schools
  • Oklahoma public schools
  • Rutherford County Schools, Tennessee
  • Shelby County Schools, Tennessee
  • Wilson County Schools, Tennessee
  • Williamson County Schools, Tennessee

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Students who aspire to become K-12 general music teachers and/or choral directors choose to study Vocal/General Education in the School of Music. MTSU students observe and teach in public schools beginning their freshman year. MTSU music education faculty have K-12 experience teaching in the public schools. Faculty are active in state and national professional organizations and present their scholarly work at conferences, workshops, and in journal publications. Vocal/general students perform in ensembles such as Schola Cantorum, SOAL Chorale, TEBA Chorale, Opera Theater, and the MTSU Singers jazz group.

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