Music Education – BA

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Inspire a love of music in the next generation

Pfeiffer’s University’s undergraduate music education degree program prepares students for careers as K-12 school music teachers. 

If you want to educate children in theory and performance, lead school choirs or orchestras, and educate within a school context, you’ll find this program to be the perfect fit. Develop your knowledge of theory, learn educational techniques, and continue to develop your musical skills under the guidance of expert faculty members who prioritize mentorship with their students. 

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Explore Our MUSIC Education Program
Curriculum Overview

The Pfeiffer English program builds upon core liberal arts education courses with courses in foundational music knowledge, education, and applied music. Coursework in musicianship, music literature, arranging and orchestration, and music technology enhance each student’s personal development as a musician. Educational courses include classes like “Learner & Learning” and “Introduction to Teaching Students with Exceptional Needs,” while music education courses range from “Music in the Elementary School to “Band Pedagogy.” All music education majors gain real-world experience through a student teaching semester or internship.  

Where do your gifts intersect with the needs of our country and our region? At Pfeiffer – whether you dream about trading on Wall Street, being part of a life-saving surgical team, shaping policy in Raleigh or Washington, or teaching and coaching in a small town – students explore that question and their futures every day with qualified and engaged professors, coaches, and other professionals. In fact, studies show that, at Pfeiffer, students spend more time with their professors exploring where they “fit” in the professional world than students at most other schools. Join us in “the Village” for a life-changing experience that will prepare you for a lifetime of service!
Dr. Scott Bullard
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Hands-On Experience

Music education students may take applied courses including:

  • Pfeiffer Wind Ensemble
  • University Singers
  • Gospel Choir
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Praise Band
  • The Village Ringers
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Chamber Music
  • Women’s Ensemble  
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Career Opportunities

Music education students will be prepared for school roles such as:

  • Music teacher
  • Band director
  • Choir director

For those interested in graduate-level studies, Pfeiffer’s English degree can help you prepare to apply for programs in:

  • Music administration
  • Performance
  • Composition
  • Church music

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