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Strategic Enrollment Management and Student Success

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2021-2022

Music

School of the Arts

Concentration(s):
Music Education/Instrumental, Music Education/Vocal-Choral
Program description

Music education is at the core of what it means to educate a child. The goal of music education in the PK-12 setting is to develop the musicality of each child: the ability of each child to perceive, process and manipulate music on a personal level. Sequential reasoning skills, temporal/spatial differentiation, and creative problem-solving applications, as well as aesthetic and trans-cultural awareness and positive socialization development, are among some of the results which make an appropriate music education an essential, fundamental element of the education of every child. Music Education students at VCU are part of an exciting and innovative program designed to guide that musical growth in children.


As students in the Department of Music of the internationally recognized School of the Arts, Music Education majors thrive in an atmosphere of creativity, exceptional musical achievement, and hands-on Music Education methodology and directed field experiences. Music Education majors at VCU are challenged to demonstrate both excellence through their own personal musicianship as well as superior skills as a pre-professional music educator: understanding how music is learned in order to understand how to teach. The VCU Music Education faculty is committed to providing a model of individualized, focused attention to each major resulting in lasting, positive relationships that endure as each student moves into this stimulating and vital profession.

Career opportunities

The Bachelor of Music with a concentration in music education is a rigorous program that prepares graduates to pursue professions in education and related fields. The VCU Music program incorporates requirements necessary to qualify for the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Collegiate Professional Certificate to teach music in public schools. Reciprocity between Virginia and numerous other states makes it possible for those music education students who become certified to teach in Virginia to obtain certification in those other states.

Change of major requirements

An audition and application are prerequisites to the change of major process. Prospective students are required to schedule an audition here and submit their application here.


Typical application deadlines are November 1 (for spring applicants) and April 1 (for fall applicants).


Bachelor-level job titles
  • Choral or Instrumental Conductor
  • K-12 Music Educator
  • Music Program Coordinator
  • Private Music Teacher
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Composer
  • Music Director
  • Music Supervisor
  • Music Therapist
Highest level of math required
  • Quantitative Foundations requirement only
Science required
  • Natural Sciences requirement only
Foreign language requirements
  • No
Additional tuition/fees
  • Yes
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 3.0+ cumulative GPA through end of sophomore year
Department name:
Department of Music
Building/room location:
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts, Room 134
Campus (where 75% of courses are taken):
Monroe park
Phone:
(804) 828-1166
Email:
music@vcu.edu

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Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Focus on achieving and maintaining a 3.0+ cumulative GPA in preparation for entering the music education cohort in your third year.
  • Schedule an appointment with your advisor to explore minors, certificates, and plan your required REAL experience.
  • Get familiar with the research process with the VCU Libraries Research Basics Guide.
  • Talk to professors about your research interests, electives, and strategies for success in your classes.
  • Explore innovation and business/non-profit creation classes with the da Vinci Center.
  • Submit your secondary instrument request and begin secondary lessons in spring semester.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Complete a gap analysis with your career advisor to identify key skills required for your professional field.
  • Seek out practical experience through independent skill-building, internships, shadowing, or part-time work.
  • Explore global career options with a career advisor to set goals for getting your dream job.
  • Organize examples of your academic and professional experiences, accomplishments, and reflections in an ePortfolio.
  • Attend career and internship fairs and other professional development events.
  • Pursue a digital badge to highlight the knowledge, skills, and experiences employers and graduate schools value.
  • Develop pedagogical strategies and competencies in your Methods and Techniques courses.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Connect with alumni on VCULink for career advice, industry contacts, and meaningful professional relationships.
  • Connect with two professional mentors (one at VCU and one in K-12 music education) who can provide recommendations for your application to join the MUED cohort.
  • Fill out the application for music teacher candidacy to begin taking the MUED core sequence in the fall of your 3rd year.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of professional interest.
  • Ask a faculty or staff member to be your academic and professional mentor and to provide future letters of recommendation.
  • Meet with a coach at The Money Spot to set financial goals, understand student loans, and create spending plans.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Complete your junior recital in your spring semester.
  • See your academic and career advisors to discuss graduation progress and career planning.
  • Study and prepare to take the VCLA and Praxis II: Music Content Knowledge (code 5113) exams in spring and summer before your 4th year.
  • Enhance your business, software, technology, and creative skills using LinkedIn Learning.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Build language proficiency and cultural competence by carrying out your plans for study abroad, internships, and service-learning.
  • Search the VCU Library collection of music scores for music composed by diverse artists and program those pieces in your junior recital.
  • Use VCU Libraries' World Music databases to find music from around the world to inform your professional practice.
  • Get required REAL experience and effect community change by using iExcel’s Active Citizen’s Toolkit to vote and volunteer.
  • Explore new cultures at one of Richmond’s wide array of festivals.
  • Prepare for future work on multidisciplinary and multicultural teams by showcasing your interpersonal skills on your resume.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Begin Music Education’s core sequence including your practicum: three semesters of directed field experience guided by mentors in public school music programs and assigned by the MUED faculty.
  • Seek volunteer opportunities to assist with a local K-12 music program by teaching lessons, helping with sectionals, or assisting with marching band or show choir.
  • Take advantage of mock interview opportunities through InterviewStream or meeting with a career advisor.
  • Update your ePortfolio.
  • Apply for the Graduate School Mentorship Program to learn more about graduate school and the graduate student experience.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Make a plan with your academic, career, and faculty advisors for applying to graduate school or land a micro-internship.
  • Talk with your advisor and professors about the pros and cons of immediately pursuing graduate study or going right into the music education field.
  • Study for and complete any standardized exams required for graduate school the summer before senior year. 
  • Prepare for job offer negotiation by researching salaries, benefits, and other opportunities for flexibility.

Excel
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Complete all music coursework prior to beginning Music Education Student Teaching I and II in the spring semester.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor the semester before you graduate to ensure that all graduation requirements will be met.
  • Choose REAL electives to diversify your skillset and round out your degree.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Carry out globally-oriented research projects with multilingual faculty and international partners.
  • Learn about best practices for culturally responsive teaching and incorporate those into your practicum and student teaching experiences.
  • Read scholarly articles about diversity in your field.
  • Master your answers to interview questions about your experience working with diverse populations.
  • Plan for how you will grow your cultural agility after graduation.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Meet with your academic or professional mentor and identify examples of your experiential learning to share with employers.
  • Publish your original research in Auctus: The Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creativity.
  • Consider becoming an educator through programs like RTR, which prepare graduates from a variety of majors to become teachers in high-need schools.
  • Student teach in your spring semester: a semester-long, full-time teaching experience in a public-school music program.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Prepare for graduation by making a plan to complete licensing exams, applications, and self-marketing activities.
  • Prior to beginning Music Education Student Teaching I and II, meet with your advisor to discuss your strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for growth.
  • Review job application materials and conduct mock interviews with Music Education faculty and Career Services.
  • Single out prospective employers and create a job or graduate school search strategy at least 8 months before graduation.
  • Have a personal statement or cover letter reviewed by Career Services. 
  • Connect with the Office of VCU Alumni Relations at Grad Fair, Grad Bash, and the VCULink Industry Network or alumni chapter.
Visit majormaps.vcu.edu for the online version with links.
Sponsored by the Office of the Provost
Major map compass icon [View Image]
2021-2022

Music

School of the Arts

Concentration(s):
Music Education/Instrumental, Music Education/Vocal-Choral
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNINGGET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITYBUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCEGET REAL EXPERIENCEPREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
ExploreYear 1
ExperienceYear 2
  • Focus on achieving and maintaining a 3.0+ cumulative GPA in preparation for entering the music education cohort in your third year.
  • Schedule an appointment with your advisor to explore minors, certificates, and plan your required REAL experience.
  • Get familiar with the research process with the VCU Libraries Research Basics Guide.
  • Talk to professors about your research interests, electives, and strategies for success in your classes.
  • Explore innovation and business/non-profit creation classes with the da Vinci Center.
  • Submit your secondary instrument request and begin secondary lessons in spring semester.
  • Complete a gap analysis with your career advisor to identify key skills required for your professional field.
  • Seek out practical experience through independent skill-building, internships, shadowing, or part-time work.
  • Explore global career options with a career advisor to set goals for getting your dream job.
  • Organize examples of your academic and professional experiences, accomplishments, and reflections in an ePortfolio.
  • Attend career and internship fairs and other professional development events.
  • Pursue a digital badge to highlight the knowledge, skills, and experiences employers and graduate schools value.
  • Develop pedagogical strategies and competencies in your Methods and Techniques courses.
  • Connect with alumni on VCULink for career advice, industry contacts, and meaningful professional relationships.
  • Connect with two professional mentors (one at VCU and one in K-12 music education) who can provide recommendations for your application to join the MUED cohort.
  • Fill out the application for music teacher candidacy to begin taking the MUED core sequence in the fall of your 3rd year.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of professional interest.
  • Ask a faculty or staff member to be your academic and professional mentor and to provide future letters of recommendation.
  • Meet with a coach at The Money Spot to set financial goals, understand student loans, and create spending plans.
Year 3
  • Complete your junior recital in your spring semester.
  • See your academic and career advisors to discuss graduation progress and career planning.
  • Study and prepare to take the VCLA and Praxis II: Music Content Knowledge (code 5113) exams in spring and summer before your 4th year.
  • Enhance your business, software, technology, and creative skills using LinkedIn Learning.
  • Build language proficiency and cultural competence by carrying out your plans for study abroad, internships, and service-learning.
  • Search the VCU Library collection of music scores for music composed by diverse artists and program those pieces in your junior recital.
  • Use VCU Libraries' World Music databases to find music from around the world to inform your professional practice.
  • Get required REAL experience and effect community change by using iExcel’s Active Citizen’s Toolkit to vote and volunteer.
  • Explore new cultures at one of Richmond’s wide array of festivals.
  • Prepare for future work on multidisciplinary and multicultural teams by showcasing your interpersonal skills on your resume.
  • Begin Music Education’s core sequence including your practicum: three semesters of directed field experience guided by mentors in public school music programs and assigned by the MUED faculty.
  • Seek volunteer opportunities to assist with a local K-12 music program by teaching lessons, helping with sectionals, or assisting with marching band or show choir.
  • Take advantage of mock interview opportunities through InterviewStream or meeting with a career advisor.
  • Update your ePortfolio.
  • Apply for the Graduate School Mentorship Program to learn more about graduate school and the graduate student experience.
  • Make a plan with your academic, career, and faculty advisors for applying to graduate school or land a micro-internship.
  • Talk with your advisor and professors about the pros and cons of immediately pursuing graduate study or going right into the music education field.
  • Study for and complete any standardized exams required for graduate school the summer before senior year. 
  • Prepare for job offer negotiation by researching salaries, benefits, and other opportunities for flexibility.
ExcelYear 4
  • Complete all music coursework prior to beginning Music Education Student Teaching I and II in the spring semester.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor the semester before you graduate to ensure that all graduation requirements will be met.
  • Choose REAL electives to diversify your skillset and round out your degree.
  • Carry out globally-oriented research projects with multilingual faculty and international partners.
  • Learn about best practices for culturally responsive teaching and incorporate those into your practicum and student teaching experiences.
  • Read scholarly articles about diversity in your field.
  • Master your answers to interview questions about your experience working with diverse populations.
  • Plan for how you will grow your cultural agility after graduation.
  • Meet with your academic or professional mentor and identify examples of your experiential learning to share with employers.
  • Publish your original research in Auctus: The Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creativity.
  • Consider becoming an educator through programs like RTR, which prepare graduates from a variety of majors to become teachers in high-need schools.
  • Student teach in your spring semester: a semester-long, full-time teaching experience in a public-school music program.
  • Prepare for graduation by making a plan to complete licensing exams, applications, and self-marketing activities.
  • Prior to beginning Music Education Student Teaching I and II, meet with your advisor to discuss your strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for growth.
  • Review job application materials and conduct mock interviews with Music Education faculty and Career Services.
  • Single out prospective employers and create a job or graduate school search strategy at least 8 months before graduation.
  • Have a personal statement or cover letter reviewed by Career Services. 
  • Connect with the Office of VCU Alumni Relations at Grad Fair, Grad Bash, and the VCULink Industry Network or alumni chapter.
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