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Vocal Music Education (K-12)

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You love to sing and are inspired to teach others to sing. Put your love of music to use by educating the next generation of singers and musical artists. With a degree in vocal music education from Wayne State, you’ll be ready to teach elementary music and choir in grades K-12.

Sample Program of Study

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99.8% of WSC grads are employed or in grad school

Percent of recent WSC graduates employed or in graduate school
based on the most recent graduate survey

Fast Facts

Degrees offered: B.A., B.S.
If you choose the vocal music education subject endorsement, you will actually earn both the K-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: 36
General education: 41
To graduate from WSC: 120 hours minimum (education programs may require more)


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


Schools: Arts and Humanities, Education and Counseling


Departments: Music, Educational Foundations and Leadership


Accreditation: National Association of Schools of Music, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, Nebraska Department of Education

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

Skills Learned

  • Vocal techniques
  • Music theory and ear training
  • Playing piano and guitar
  • Music software: Finale, Sonar, 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

 

Careers

Possible Careers

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

Employers

Employers

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

 

Learn from the Best

Our faculty are accomplished, with 85% of our full-time faculty having the highest degree in their field.They appear regularly throughout the region as clinicians, performing artists, guest conductors, and competition judges.  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 education by participating in clubs, organizations, art shows, internships, and more.

Student clubs and organizations

Clubs and Organizations

 

Student Activities for Education Majors

Opportunities

  • Northeast Nebraska Teachers 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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