The DePauw University Music Teacher Education Program is accredited by the Indiana State Board of Education and the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The Music Teacher Education Program is designed for the preparation of successful public school music teachers. The program leads to state certification to teach music in the P-12 public schools in Indiana. Two majors are available: an instrumental/general music emphasis and a choral/general music emphasis. To obtain certification, students must complete a semester of student teaching in an area elementary or secondary school.
As outlined in the Music Teacher Education Program Conceptual Framework, education faculty members challenge students to develop their knowledge, skills, and dispositions to become accomplished musicians, scholars, communicators, advocates, pedagogues, and leaders. The coursework is comprehensive and practical in nature, allowing students to develop their musical knowledge and skills to their fullest potential. Throughout the duration of their academic career at DePauw, students will complete field experiences in area schools and will also participate in teaching experiences inside and outside of the campus classroom.
Our students’ achievements have been recognized throughout the state of Indiana. Fourteen music education majors have been awarded the coveted “Outstanding Future Music Educator of the Year” award given annually by the Indiana Music Education Association, whose chapters include every college and university music education program in the state. Our job placement rate is very high, with approximately 95% of our music education graduates securing teaching positions around the country.