Undergraduate students focus on music education by majoring in instrumental performance, vocal performance or music composition and completing the Music Education minor. Students who successfully complete the minor at UArts will then be able to complete the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Music Education degree and receive teacher certification in just one additional academic year. This “4 +1” option allows students to earn a music education minor, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and teacher certification in only five years. Coursework is based on current Pennsylvania Department of Education teacher certification requirements. This program may be revised as needed to accommodate new state requirements.

Faculty of the program include widely celebrated musicians and educators such as Dr. Jenny Neff, Keith Hodgson, Matt Gallagher MM ’01 (Jazz Studies), Michelle Przybylowski, Jeffrey Kern, Michael Fein, Kevin Hanson, Dr. Debbie Wolf and John Lindner. Through wide networks within the music and education fields, our faculty open up playing and teaching opportunities for students throughout their tenure at UArts and beyond.

Keith Hodgson poses for a picture with his conducting baton.
Keith Hodgson

Music Education (MAT)
Director, Music Education (MAT)
Jenny Neff, Director, Summer Music Studies + MM in Music, University of the Arts
Jenny Neff

Music Education (MM)
Director, Summer Music Studies and Music Education (MM)
Matt Gallagher, Associate Professor
Matthew Gallagher

MM '01

Jazz Studies (MM)
Associate Professor
Michelle Przybylowski head shot
Michelle Fella Przybylowski

Music Education (BM+MAT)
Program Chair for the Philadelphia Area Orff Schulwerk Association

Sample Curriculum

First Year
Applied Major Instruction
Ensemble
Music Theory I
Musicianship I
Class Piano
Writing I Placement
Brass Instruments
Applied Major Instruction
Music Theory II
Musicianship II
Freshman Improvisation
Music Technology Survey
Writing II Placement

Second Year
Applied Major Instruction
Jazz Theory I
Jazz Ear Training I
Class Jazz Piano I
Jazz Improvisation I
Science (your choice)
Flute & Double Reed Instrument
Jazz Theory II
Jazz Ear Training II
Class Jazz Piano II
Jazz Improvisation II
Critical Studies (your choice)
Precussion Instruments

Third Year
Applied Major Instruction
Comprehensive Musicianship
Chorus
Discipline history (your choice)
Critical Studies (your choice)
Music & Children with Special Needs I
Single Reed Instruments
String Instruments

Fourth Year
Applied Major Instruction
Ensemble
Business of Music
Discpline History (your choice)
Critical Studies (your choice)
Music Pedagogy I
Field Experience I
Senior Recital
Pschology of Music Teaching & Learning
Music Pedagogy II
Field Experience II

Fifth Year
Music Pedagogy III: Pre-K to Grade 4
Music Pedagog IV: Grades 5 to 8
Alternative Ensembles: Elementary & Middle School Ensembles
Student Teaching: Elementary
Student Teaching Seminar: Elementary
Curriculum & Assessment in Music Education
Historical & Philosophical Foundations in Music Education
Music Pedagogy V: Grades 9 to 12
Music Pedagogy VI: Vocal/Choral
Ensemble Rehearsal Techniques
Instrumental Conducting
Student Teaching: Secondary
Student Teaching Seminar: Secondary
Sociological Foundations of Music Education
Integration of Technology in Music Education
 

Please note: Additional pre-requisite/co-requisite coursework may need to be completed to meet certification requirements.

Undergraduate students can focus in music education by majoring in instrumental performance or music composition and completing the Music Education minor. Students who successfully complete the education minor at UArts will be able to complete the Master of Arts in Teaching degree (MAT) and receive teacher certification in one additional academic year. This “4 +1” option allows students to earn a music education minor, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and teacher certification in only five years. Coursework is based on current Pennsylvania Department of Education teacher certification requirements. This program may be revised as needed to accommodate new state requirements.

Coursework includes instruction in each of the instrument families, pedagogy of private instruction and improvisation, conducting, rehearsing jazz ensembles, the psychology of teaching and learning music, and the needs of special learners. Field experiences include working with ensembles in public and private schools.

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Kaytlynn Capasso

BM '16 (Saxophone), MAT '17 (Music Education)

Music Education (BM+MAT)
Music Teacher, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, MD
A headshot of Music Education (BM+MAT) alum, Ben Di Bartolo.
Ben Di Bartolo

BM '12 (Trumpet), MAT '13 (Music Education)

Music Education (MAT)
Music Teacher, Philadelphia Public Schools; creator of the CAPA Brass Band
A headshot of alum Bridget Warren (MAT '13)
Bridget Warren

BM '12 (Vocal Performance), MAT '13 (Music Education)

Music Education (MAT)
Head Choir Director, Melillo Middle School; President of the Warren Youth Singers Community Choir
Jason Chuong ’08 (Percussion), MAT ’09 (Music Education)
Jason Chuong

BM ’08 (Percussion), MAT ’09 (Music Education)

Music Education (BM+MAT)
Music Teacher, Philadelphia Public Schools; Philadelphia-based jazz dummer
Alum Andrew Kruc (MAT '12) plays his drum set.
Andrew Kruc

BM '07 (Percussion), MAT '12 (Music Education)

Music Education (MAT)
Musician-Educator, William Penn School District; Co-Founder of WhoaPhat Brass Band
A headshot of alum Sharin Rello (MAT '04)
Sharin Rello

BM '03 (Saxophone), MAT '04 (Music Education)

Music Education (BM+MAT)
Music Educator, Lawrence Township Public School District; Mercer County 2018 Teacher of the Year
Alum Kawika Kahalehoe (MAT '02) poses with his high school band.
Kawika Kahalehoe

BM '01 (Trombone), MAT '02 (Music Education)

Music Education (BM+MAT)
Music Teacher, Montgomery Township School District; Artistic Director, Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra

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