The Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree program provides preparation for a career teaching music at the elementary (pre-K–9) or secondary (5–12) levels. A carefully coordinated combination of course work and field experience assures the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary for success as a classroom teacher of vocal, instrumental and general music. Graduates are eligible for Initial Licensure by the Massachusetts Department of Education. Teacher Preparation Program of the College and pass the Verbal Skills portion of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure. See Teacher Licensure /Preparation application requirements.
Course Of Study
The music programs at Anna Maria College foster a community of musicians by developing students’ proficiency in music skills, building their academic knowledge of music and by cultivating professional attitudes toward musicianship. All music majors develop a shared set of skills and knowledge through the Music Core, which includes training in piano proficiency, ear training, music theory and the history of music. Students also study and perform on their major instrument through individual studio instruction and a variety of vocal and instrumental ensembles. The chief goal of music study at Anna Maria College is the development of sensitivity, intellectual background, and technical dexterity in order to realize to the greatest extent possible each student’s potential for self-expression and communication through music.
Concurrent study of the liberal arts provides a context for the student’s professional development. It broadens and deepens the learning experience and enhances growth in knowledge, understanding and appreciation of self, others and the world. The Department of Music is small enough to foster close contacts, yet large enough to offer academic versatility and physical facilities.
In addition to all skills acquired in the BA of Music Degree, upon completion of a BM in the Music Education Program, students will gain:
- Knowledge of content, methodologies, philosophies, materials, technologies, and curriculum development in music education
- The ability to evaluate ideas, methods, and policies in the arts, the humanities, and in arts education for their impact on the musical and cultural development of students
- The ability to arrange and adapt music from a variety of sources to meet the needs and ability levels of individuals, school performing groups, and in classroom situations
- The ability to apply analytical and historical knowledge to curriculum development, lesson planning, and daily classroom and performance activities
- Knowledge and skills sufficient to teach beginning students on instruments and/or in voice as appropriate to the chosen areas of specialization
- The ability to lead performance-based instruction in a variety of settings
- The ability to guide students to an understanding of music as an art form, as a means of communication, and as a part of their intellectual and cultural heritage
- The ability to articulate logical rationales for music education, and to present the goals and objectives of a music program effectively to parents, professional colleagues, and administrators
- The ability and desire to remain current with pedagogical methodologies, to make independent, in-depth evaluations of their relevance, and to use the results to improve musicianship and teaching skills
- The capability to inspire others and to excite the imagination of students, engendering a respect for music and a desire for musical knowledge and experiences
- Personal commitment to the art of music, to teaching music, and to encourage artistic and intellectual development of students.
Due to the recent public health crisis with COVID-19, Anna Maria College has decided to move all auditions to an online format through Zoom Meeting.
A music audition is required as a part of the admission process. A campus tour can be arranged by appointment on the day of your audition.
For additional questions regarding auditions, please contact Dr. Melissa Martiros, Director of Music, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An interview and an audition are required before admission to any of the music degree programs can be assured. Once in the department, students take weekly private lessons in their major performance area. Regular performance laboratory sessions provide opportunities to gain experience and poise in public performance.
Music students participate in a variety of performing ensembles, including chorus, band, chamber choir, various woodwind ensembles, Jazz band and various vocal/instrumental combinations needed for departmental recitals and concerts. Additional ensemble performance opportunities are also available through HECCMA: Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts
Instrumentalists and Vocalists
Instrumentalists are expected to perform a classical solo; singers are expected to perform a song from the classical repertoire. You should prepare two or three selections that demonstrate the range of your technical and musical ability. Prepare music that you know well, preferably two contrasting styles; i.e., slow, lyrical and fast, articulated. Vocalists must provide their own accompanist or recording. For pianists: memorization is preferred. For percussionists: prepare one solo on snare drum, the other on timpani or a mallet/keyboard instrument.
Sight Reading/Sight Singing
You will be asked to demonstrate your music reading abilities on your principal instrument and voice. Instrumentalists should be prepared to demonstrate major scales in their accomplished range. Your ability to match pitches, rhythms and to sing a familiar melody will be assessed.
You will be asked to discuss your desire to major in music and your eventual career goals.
Long distance auditions
If you live four or more hours from the campus, you have the option to submit your resume and the instrumental/vocal audition requirements on a DVD or YouTube video. In addition, you will be asked to participate in a long-distance aural demonstration and interview. Please note, given the limitations of video auditions, the College reserves the right to require you to verify your skills upon arrival.
Music Resume Guidelines
Please attach your music resume below as a Word file or PDF and include the following information: name, address, phone, e-mail, name of high school, high school music director, number of years of private study on instrument/voice, names of private teachers, and all performing experience (solos, ensembles, etc.) on your major instrument or voice, music courses from high school, private lessons, summer camps or special programs in music theory, ear training, composition, improvisation, etc. *Music therapy applicants: Please include work, volunteer, or personal experiences with persons with physical, emotional or cognitive disabilities. *Music education applicants: Please list volunteer or supervisory experiences that involved children or adolescents
- Name, address, phone, e-mail, name of high school, and high school music director
- Number of years of private study on instrument/voice, names of private teachers
- All performing experience (solos, ensembles, etc.) on your major instrument or voice
- Music courses from high school, private lessons, summer camps or special programs in music theory, ear training, composition, improvisation, etc.
- Music therapy applicants: list work, volunteer, or personal experiences with persons with physical, emotional or cognitive disabilities
- Music education applicants: list volunteer or supervisory experiences that involved children or adolescence
Anna Maria College is a full member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and all music degree programs have been approved by this association for over 30 years. The music therapy program prepares students for Music Therapy Board Certification and is fully accredited by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). It is one of only two accredited undergraduate music therapy programs in the New England region. Graduates of this Program are eligible to sit for the board examination administered by the Certification Board of Music Therapists to receive their MTBC (Music Therapist-Board Certified) credential. Teacher licensure programs in music (all levels) are endorsed and accredited by the Massachusetts Department of Education (MADOE).