Music Education

Would you like to share your love of music with future generations of musicians? The Music Education major at the University of Central Arkansas can provide you with the skills and experience you need to become a successful K-12 Music teacher. Graduates of our program have a very high job placement rate – in public or private schools in Arkansas and across the country – almost 100%. Our courses produce creative teachers with extensive knowledge of the history of music as well as the theory and techniques of hands-on learning in music performance and composition. Our program is designed to maximize field-experience, beginning in the first semester, through directed observation and various student teaching engagements, that prepare our graduates to confidently enter the classroom and the music education field.

As a Music Education major at UCA, you’ll have access to all of the distinct advantages that make the UCA experience special, which is why our department is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music. Just a few of the benefits of our program include:

  • Expert Faculty with advanced degrees from the most prestigious music institutions in the world and extensive experience in their fields on an international scale. UCA has the most specialized faculty in the region, with experts in every facet of musical learning, including musicology and theory, who are deeply invested in the success of their students and work closely with them through every stage of the degree program and certification process. Their strong partnerships within the music community and local school system also provide students with unlimited creative outlets, as well as professional connections, internship and employment opportunities, and participation in undergraduate research programs, such as studies of the relationship between Autism and music, and the impact of music on elementary school students.
  • Student Organizations and Ensembles including the CAMEO (Music Education Club), Horn Club, Percussion Club, North American Saxophone Alliance, Tuba Euphonium Krewe, as well as a number of music fraternities and sororities on campus – which encourage artistic collaboration and community service among their members, provide professional development outlets and resources for employment opportunities, and sponsor local music projects. UCA also has a number of student ensembles including Bands, Choirs, Symphony Orchestra, Opera Theater, and Jazz Ensembles, just to name a few.
  • Hands-On Learning through a transformative internship placement in the local school system, which prepares students with the experience of managing a choral or instrumental classroom, creating lesson plans, designing curriculum, and interacting with diverse student populations. We offer various site placements for internships and help students develop relationships with their schools from the earliest stages of their degree, so they can begin observing and interacting with their future colleagues and pupils from the first semester. UCA sponsors the Community School of Music, which offers individual and group music classes for local children, teens, and adults, and provides our students with opportunities for community engagement and informal teaching experience as instructors of voice and instrumental lessons.

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