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Music Education

Bachelor of Arts

Possessing a true love for both music and teaching makes you an ideal candidate for our unique music education program. Clarke’s Bachelor of Arts in music education professionally prepares you for a career as a music teacher at both the elementary and secondary levels. You will hone your talents in contemporary music methodology and receive practical musical training. You’ll also have many hours teaching in the classroom even before your student teaching begins. This added classroom experience enhances your résumé and can be a key to landing your first music teaching job.


Program Details

For a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education, leading to K-12 certification in music education, you’ll complete 41 hours of music courses, 19 hours of music education courses, and 29 hours of education courses. You’ll learn to perform, analyze, and compose music of various styles and cultures at a high level of technical and artistic skill. You’ll learn to implement technology in support of teaching, creating, recording, and performing music. Music education majors participate in an ensemble and attend recital classes and concerts. You will gain first-hand experience at Dubuque’s elementary and high schools where methods classes are taught on-site though the Professional Development School (PDS) component.

Classes You'll Take

Admission to Clarke University

All potential music majors are required to audition either in person or video prior to registration.

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Apply to Clarke today to begin your journey.

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Meet Our Faculty

When our graduates speak about the Clarke moments that helped shape them, there’s always a professor in the story. That’s because being a faculty member at Clarke University requires a deep passion for educating, encouraging, and empowering students. Here, your professors will know your name. They will push you to develop your full potential, and then they’ll ask for more. And, they’ll be right there to congratulate you when you exceed even your own expectations. Often, it’s a relationship that lasts a lifetime.

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Sharon Jensen, DMA

Sharon Jensen, DMA

Assistant Professor of Music

I think it’s important for music students to learn from a performer. I perform regularly as a soloist and collaborative musician.

Amy Dunker, DMA

From avant-garde improvisation to minimalistic sound sculptures to neo-romantic echoes, I delve deeply into the nature of human experience.

Amanda Huntleigh, DMA, CLMA

I strive to nurture each musician holistically through musical excellence and human compassion. My goal is to create a space where people feel comfortable taking risks as they develop their own artistry, and engage with music.

There’s more to college than going to class.

The Classroom and Beyond

But don’t take our word for it…

Our Students & Alumni

Nitshelle Duverseau

Nitshelle Duverseau

Music Education '19

In teaching music, I love that moment when you see a student’s mind light up, and they just GET it!

Julie Thomas

Julie Thomas

Music Education '00

My degree from Clarke shaped me into the teacher I am today. 15 years into my teaching, I am still excited and passionate about music and making music with all my choirs. The care and attention of the Clarke faculty to me as a student is how I hope to treat my own students.


The Clarke University Music Department is the only Catholic school in Iowa accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Student/faculty interaction

Music education students work one-on-one with faculty in intense performance situations with individual performance and design instruction.

On stage

Each year, music and music education majors participate in a collaborative theatrical experience such as an opera or musical theatre performance.


Clarke University is an institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. Clarke’s music education program is also approved by the Iowa Department of Education.

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Experience Clarke Music Education for Yourself

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