Music Education

Overview

The Music Education program at Colorado State University is designed for prospective elementary and secondary school music teachers and is a gateway to employment and growth in musical excellence. Upon successful completion of the undergraduate degree, students become licensed to teach elementary, choral, band, and orchestra music to K-12 students.

With a focus on B.M. and M.M. programs, one of the many strengths of CSU’s Music Education area is the personal attention given to each student, paired with ongoing opportunities for all students to have early teaching experiences working directly with school-age students. Additionally, an emphasis on performance and outstanding musicianship is highlighted.

At the secondary level, students receive extensive training in how to design and implement programs centered around Comprehensive Musicianship and Reflective Practice, while at the elementary level, the training incorporates both Kodály and Dalcroze methodologies. The teacher licensure program is nationally accredited by NCATE and includes on-site work in schools and student teaching in elementary and secondary schools. Additionally, students work with youth on campus for arts-integrated experiences such as BRAINY (Bringing Arts Integration to Youth) and the Middle School Outreach Ensemble, featuring an innovative teacher training component.

Students are extremely active within the Music Education department, and lead their own organization (Collegiate National Association for Music Educators) which focuses on professional development, social mentoring, and community outreach. The CNAfME chapter has received a Chapter of Excellence Award from the Collegiate National Association for Music Educators.

The Music Education faculty works closely with the Teacher Licensure Office in the School of Education to place students in quality music classrooms throughout their degree in practicum placements and during their student teaching placement. In addition, students receive preparation to teach Early Childhood through Senior High in all areas: elementary, choral, and instrumental. The program consistently sees over 95% job placement rate upon graduation.

The Music Education progam is comprehensively structured to allow for continued study at the Master’s level, with enrollment tripling in the last three years. A program highlight includes side-by-side work with ensemble directors, allowing full-time Master’s students to assist in teaching coursework and directing ensembles.

The Music Education faculty is comprised of nationally and internationally-recognized educators, researchers, clinicians, adjudicators, and award-winning performers with a vested interest in the educational process of our students. There is a concerted effort on the part of all faculty to know our students on a professional and personal level, guiding their growth throughout the program.

On-campus training takes place in the state-of-the art University Center for the Arts, an exquisite teaching, performance, and exhibition venue for music, theatre, dance, and art.

Study With

Bonnie Jacobi

Coordinator of Music Education
Associate Professor of Music Education
Director of Colorado Kodály Institute

Bonnie.Jacobi@colostate.edu

(970) 491-3106

Erik Johnson

Associate Professor of Music Education (Instrumental)

E.Johnson@colostate.edu

(970) 491-4806

Along with the knowledge of teaching they bring to the table, music education faculty at CSU also have the personal experiences that bring different strategies and methods to life; offering a perspective at a practical level. ~ Aleaha Harkins, Class of 2013

As the undergraduate program facilitator for the Middle School Outreach Ensemble, I have had the opportunity to learn about the joys and challenges of teaching music within a supportive environment of peers and music education faculty. The program gave me the opportunity to refine my leadership skills and work with others toward a collective goal. I now feel confident in my ability to make a positive impact when I enter the field as a full-time educator. ~ Charlie Mathews (CSU Music Education alum)

Integrated Research

At Colorado State University, faculty research and professional activity is relevantly integrated throughout coursework in both the undergraduate and graduate degree sequences. Examples from music education faculty:

Bonnie Jacobi’s passion for on-location historical research includes a recent discovery of the first formal Dalcroze instruction that took place within an American music curriculum (1913, Bryn Mawr College), resulting in two published articles in the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education. Additionally, topics such as musical gesture, space, literacy, and socioemotional learning in music augment her research on the role of music in higher education for nineteenth-century females.

Erik Johnson is passionate about research directly impacting public school teachers and students, including investigating the effect of peer-teaching and collaborative learning on music achievement, engagement, motivation, and student self-concept. Results provide exciting implications for how to diversify traditional instruction in an effort to construct successful music-learning environments. At home with both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, he continues to investigate and share the exciting ways that peer-teaching can enhance student learning.

 

Music Education Events

Try On Teaching with MSOE

January 17, 2018 - April 18, 2018 at 6:00 PM
We believe that the best way to train music teachers is to provide authentic teaching opportunities while engaging in a community of reflective practitioners. Additionally, we believe in creating a space for the discussion and application of many contemporary approaches relevant to music education while remaining informed by the excellent traditions that have made music education strong in America over the last two centuries. As community of passionate, well-prepared teachers, Trying-on-Teaching serves to grow the next generation of great music educators to serve students in our public schools.

Middle School Outreach Ensemble

January 31, 2018 - April 18, 2018 at 6:00 PM
The Middle School Outreach Ensembles @CSU provide an inspirational large ensemble experience in addition to the great instruction that students receive in their middle school band and orchestra programs.

Music Education News

April 2017 Faculty Notes

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Last fall, Dr. Bonnie Jacobi, coordinator of music education at CSU, was nominated for the Online Innovative Educator (OLIE) Award. The OLIE (pronounced “OH-LEE”) is a student-nominated award “University Award” presented at both the spring and fall CSU Online Graduation Brunches to recognize instructors who: are able to establish positive relationships with students; are responsive, […]

Middle School Outreach Ensemble inspires next generation of teachers and students

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CSU music professor shares love for music, impacts lives

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~ Story by Nicole Towne. Reprinted from the Collegian with permission It is a Tuesday afternoon and approximately 150 students gather in the Aylesworth lecture hall for music appreciation class. Professor Denise Apodaca walks up and down the aisles, talking with students in the minutes leading up to the start of class. As class begins […]