Undergraduate students focus on music education by majoring in instrumental 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.

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Dustyn DeBernardo

BM ‘17 (Saxophone)/MAT '18

5-Year BM/MAT in Music Education
Hometown: Voorhees, NJ
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Lindsey Evans

BM '17/MAT '18

Music - Vocal Performance
Hometown: Mays Landing, NJ
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Anthony Nigro

BM '17 (Saxophone)/MAT '18

5-Year BM/MAT in Music Education
Hometown: Deptford, NJ

Faculty of the program include widely celebrated musicians and educators such as Jarred Antonacci BM ’09 (Trombone), Chris Argerakis MAT ’08 (Music Education), Michael Britcher, Jason Chuong BM ’08 (Percussion), MAT ’09 (Music Education), Matt Gallagher MM ’01 (Jazz Studies), Michelle Przybylowski, Tiffany Jones MAT ’11, John Lindner, Dr. Debbie Wolf and Jeffrey Kern, who through wide networks within the music and education fields open up opportunities for playing and teaching to students throughout their tenure at UArts and beyond.

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    Jason Chuong ’08 (Percussion), MAT ’09 (Music Education)
    Jason Chuong

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

    5-Year BM/MAT in Music Education
    Recognized by President Obama at the White House as an innovative public school music teacher
    Keith Hodgson, Director of Music Education
    Keith Hodgson

    Music Education (MAT, MM)
    Director, Music Education MAT program
    Matt Gallagher, Associate Professor
    Matthew Gallagher

    MM '01

    Jazz Studies (MM)
    Associate Professor
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    Michelle Fella Przybylowski

    5-Year BM/MAT in Music Education
    Program Chair for the Philadelphia Area Orff Schulwerk Association


    Sample Curriculum:

    Courses Completed as an Undergraduate

    Brass Instruments (1c)
    Flute & Double Reed Instrument (1c)
    Creative Classroom Musicianship (1c)
    Percussion Instruments (1c)
    Single Reed Instruments (1c)
    String Instruments (1c)
    Music Pedagogy I - Private Lessons (1c)
    Music Pedagogy II - Improvisation (1c)
    Psychology of Music Teaching & Learning (3c)
    Music and Children with Special Needs I (3c)
    Rehearsal Techniques - Jazz Ensemble (2c)
    Basic Conducting (2c)
    Field Experience I (1c)
    Field Experience II (1c)

    23 credits 

    Courses Completed as a Graduate

    Music Pedagogy III: Pre-K to Grade 4 (3c)
    Music Pedagogy IV: Grades 5 to 8 (2c)
    Music Pedagogy V: Grades 9 to 12 (2c)
    Music Pedagogy VI: Vocal / Choral (2c)
    Alternative Ensembles (2c)
    Ensemble Rehearsal Techniques (2c)
    Student Teaching - Elementary (4c)
    Student Teaching Seminar - Elementary (1c)
    Student Teaching - Secondary (4c)
    Student Teaching Seminar - Secondary (1c)
    Sociological Foundations of Music Education (3c)
    Curriculum and Assessment in Music Education (3c)
    Historical and Philosophical Foundations in Music Education (3c)
    Integration of Technology in Music Education (3c)

    36 credits

    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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    Jason Chuong ’08 (Percussion), MAT ’09 (Music Education)
    Jason Chuong

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

    5-Year BM/MAT in Music Education
    Music Teacher for the School District of Philadelphia
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    Kaytlynn Capasso

    BM (saxophone)/MAT '17

    5-Year BM/MAT in Music Education
    Hometown: Carney Point, NJ
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    Kawika Kahalehoe

    BM (Trombone) '01/MAT '02

    5-Year BM/MAT in Music Education
    Conductor with the Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra
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    Sharin Rello

    BM '03 (saxophone)/MAT '04

    5-Year BM/MAT in Music Education
    2017-2018 Mercer County Teacher of the Year, finalist for New Jersey State Teacher of the Year

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