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Department of Music Education


The Department of Music Education faculty are highly successful and visible leaders in all areas of music education. For over 60 years the department has been at the forefront in preparing successful music educators at every instructional level. The department's mission is to provide future music educators with the necessary knowledge, skills and insights for successful teaching and learning. The department offers degree programs of extraordinary quality and diversity. Our teacher certification curricula prepare musicians to be superior musician-teachers who make lasting impressions in the lives of young students. Our masters degree programs are designed for professional music educators. These programs interweave research and practice, allowing students to reflect on and apply knowledge and experiences from coursework to their professional teaching. Our PhD program is designed to prepare scholars, researchers, and leaders for positions in music teacher education, music education research, P-12 music teaching and leadership, and music education policy. The music education department is a member of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) for Music Education.




image for SMTD CommencementSMTD Commencement

Friday, April 27 - 4:00pm
Hill Auditorium,
Free - no tickets required

Michigan Music Conference
Dr. Kate FitzpatrickMusic Education ClassBass Bash China Trip China Trip Michael HopkinsColleen ConwaySingersJulie SkadsemSummer Masters StudentsDr. Carlos X. RodriguezElementary Band Methods
"The Michigan music education department is committed to producing the finest music educators: creative, engaged, and prepared for the real-world demands of the classroom. Faculty members are preeminent researchers representing diverse fields of study, dedicated to supporting the interests of their undergraduate and graduate students."
David Wolff, MMus (Music Education with Certification) 2012

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