I think it’s important for music students to learn from a performer. I perform regularly as a soloist and collaborative musician.
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.
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.
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.
Program in Pictures
From avant-garde improvisation to minimalistic sound sculptures to neo-romantic echoes, I delve deeply into the nature of human experience.
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.
The Classroom and Beyond
Our Students & Alumni
In teaching music, I love that moment when you see a student’s mind light up, and they just GET it!
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.
Music education students work one-on-one with faculty in intense performance situations with individual performance and design instruction.
Each year, music and music education majors participate in a collaborative theatrical experience such as an opera or musical theatre performance.