Two tracks are offered through the Music Education program: Certification concurrent with the Bachelor of Science in Music Education and certification through post-baccalaureate studies. Excellence in musicianship and excellence in teaching skills are the common aims across both tracks.
Students pursuing certification follow a curriculum that emphasizes comprehensive musicianship across K-12 music instruction. Courses include sequenced methods; techniques that span all instructional settings; and practical experiences in the Teaching Lab that link curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Along the way, students experience the significant methods, approaches, and theories of our profession (including Kodàly, Orff Schulwerk, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Music Learning Theory, and Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance) taught by a large cadre of music-education specialists. Supporting these many experiences are extensive field experiences within many of the top music programs across the Greater Pittsburgh Area-engaging children of all ages, socio-economic status, and cultural backgrounds that prepare Duquesne students for a wide spectrum of teaching opportunities.
In addition to coursework, the Mary Pappert School of Music has an active chapter (#159) of The National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the primary professional organization for music education. Undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students in the Music Education program maintain active membership throughout their time at Duquesne University. Leadership opportunities exist in this student-led organization-including the Executive Committee and numerous activities throughout the year. In addition to monthly chapter meetings, collegiate members have opportunities to engage the profession and network with other music educators through such activities as the annual Career Day (held in the fall) and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association state conference (held in the spring).
Best wishes as you consider your next professional steps as a music educator!
Sincerely, Dr. Doerksen