Wayne State College
A Degree in Vocal Music Education

Vocal Music Education (PK-12)

About the Vocal Music Education Degree

You love to sing and are inspired to teach others to sing. Use your love of music to educate the next generation of singers and musical artists with a Vocal Music Education degree from Wayne State College. You’ll get to expand your musical background by studying not only vocal techniques but also history and literature of music, conducting, and music software. With a Music Education degree, you’ll be ready to teach elementary music and choir in grades PK-12. 

Sample Program of Study

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Fast Facts

Degrees offered: B.A., B.S.
If you choose the Vocal Music Education subject endorsement, you will actually earn both the PK-6 and 7-12 endorsements, and you won’t be required to choose any other endorsement to receive your B.A. or B.S.

Hours required:
For subject endorsements: 59
Professional education: 33-36
General education: 30
To graduate from WSC: 120 hours minimum (Education programs may require more)

Popular pairings: Theatre Education (7-12), Coaching (7-12)

Schools: Arts and HumanitiesEducation and Behavioral Sciences

Departments: Music, Educational Foundations and Leadership

Accreditation: National Association of Schools of Music, Council of Accreditation for Educator Preparation (CAEP), Nebraska Department of Education

Licensing and Certification: Wayne State academic programs are designed to prepare students for licensure or certification in Nebraska. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Nebraska, please check that state's licensing board to determine their licensing requirements. Authorization may be required from them prior to beginning a clinical or field experience in that state. Learn more.

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Music Scholarships

In addition to having the region’s most affordable tuition, we offer thousands of dollars in scholarships every year. The Department of Music offers financial aid to Music majors through a number of scholarships. An audition is required to qualify for a music scholarship. You do not need to enroll at Wayne State College to audition.

Our Focus is Results

Wayne State has the keys to your success and offers just what you need to become well prepared for the real world.


Skills Learned

  • Vocal techniques
  • Music theory and ear training
  • Playing piano and guitar
  • Music software: Finale, Cakewalk, Pyware 3D, and Audacity
  • Choral conducting
  • Song and choral literature
  • History and literature of music
  • Foreign language diction
  • Vocal instruction and teaching music
  • Classroom management and leadership
  • Human development and cognition
  • Communication
  • Project and time management
  • Adaptability/flexibility
  • Self-motivation



Possible Careers

  • Music teacher
  • Vocal instructor
  • Recording artist
  • Choir director
  • Composer
  • Songwriter
  • Music instructor
  • Music producer / editor
  • Church musician



  • Elementary schools
  • Middle schools
  • High schools
  • Churches
  • Performance groups
  • Theaters
  • Churches
  • Self-employment


Learn From the Best

Our faculty are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in a personalized setting with a friendly atmosphere.

Outside the Classroom

At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your music education by participating in clubs, organizations, internships, and more.

Activities for Music Majors

Performing Groups

Wayne State offers a variety of music performance opportunities throughout the year. Vocal performance groups include Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, and Lyrica Treble Choir. Instrumental groups include the Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Mariachi, and small chamber ensembles. Music festivals include Band Day, Honor Band, Honor Choir, Middle School Music Festival, Music Academy, and Summer Music Camp.

Student Activities for Education Majors


  • Northeast Nebraska Teacher Academy (NENTA) - Develop your classroom skills and get paid at the same time. As a NENTA participant, you’ll meet with mentor teachers on a weekly basis to ensure your growth and success as a teacher.
  • Study Abroad - Earn credit toward your degree while experiencing exciting global adventures overseas.
Student Teaching and Clinical Practice for Education Majors

Clinical Practice

As a vocal music education major, you will complete a semester of clinical practice in a school district chosen with the help of your advisor. During this semester, you’ll work closely with an experienced music teacher to gain classroom experience. Internships are not required as part of this program; however, Career Services is available to help you find employment opportunities.

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