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The BS in Music Education degree program at VCSU is designed to give students the skills needed to be a successful 21st-century music teacher. Students learn performance skills on their primary instrument while gaining practical experience in conducting and leading a traditional ensemble. In addition, students gain experience in the modern world of music, including recording and production, integrating jazz and popular music in the curriculum, and experimenting with current technology and teaching trends in music. The music education degree can be earned in either the K-12 Choral or K-12 Instrumental track.
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
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National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Student Chapter
American Choral Director's Association (ACDA) Student Chapter
There are many venues for students to share their performance abilities: Concert Choir, Concert Band, Orchestra, Athletic Band, Jazz Ensemble, University Singers, Quantum Brass, Woodwind Ensemble, and Opera Ensemble.
Teacher Education Requirements
Students are typically admitted into Teacher Education during their sophomore year or beginning of their junior year of college. This program requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher and successful completion of the Praxis I test. Additional criteria for Admission to Teacher Education can be found at the following website: www.vcsu.edu/teacher_ed.
“Valley City State University was the perfect environment to learn about teacher education for the music classroom. The combination of small classroom sizes and close faculty-student relationships allowed me to grow as a teacher through the faculty's great experience.” —Brad Lambrecht ’05, Lisbon, N.D.; orchestra and music director, Alexandria (Minn.) Public Schools