Music Education

Program Features

Students in the Music Education program graduate with the licensure and experience needed to teach ages 3-21 in Ohio and 43 other states.
Scholarships include the Louise Dieterle Nippert Music Education Scholarship and the Mother McAuley Music Scholarship. Visit the Music Department Scholarships page for details.

Curriculum

The sample course sequence below illustrates class offerings for the Music Education major. Consult the official Xavier University course catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Fall

  • MUSC 199: Recital Attendance............ 0cr.
  • MUSC 200: Music Theory I............ 3cr.
  • MUSC 201: Aural Skills I............ 1cr.
  • MUSC 208: Keyboard Skills I............ 1cr.
  • EDMS 131: Professional Education............ 3cr.
  • Private Lesson............ 1cr.
  • Large Ensemble............ 1cr.
  • CORE 100: First-Year Seminar............ 1cr.
  • ENGL 101 or ENGL 115............ 3cr.
  • CORE 101: GOA Co-Curriculum Program I............ 0cr.

Spring

  • MUSC 199: Recital Attendance............ 0cr.
  • MUSC 202: Music Theory II............ 3cr.
  • MUSC 203: Aural Skills II............ 1cr.
  • MUSC 209: Keyboard Skills II............ 1cr.
  • Private Lesson............ 1cr.
  • Large Ensemble............ 1cr.
  • EDFD 110: Human Development & Learning............ 3cr.
  • PHIL 100: Ethics as an Intro to Philosophy............ 3cr.
  • CORE 102: GOA Co-Curriculum Program II............ 0cr.

Fall

  • MUSC 199: Recital Attendance............ 0cr.
  • MUSC 210: Music History I............ 3cr.
  • MUSC 300: Music Theory III............ 3cr.
  • MUSC 301: Aural Skills III............ 1cr.
  • MUSC 308: Keyboard Skills III............ 3cr.
  • MUSC 312: Conducting I............ 3cr.
  • EDSP 200: Sp Ed: Identification & Issues............ 3cr.
  • Private Lesson............ 0cr.
  • Large Ensemble............ 1cr.
  • Small Ensemble............ 1cr.

Spring

  • MUSC 199: Recital Attendance............ 0cr.
  • MUSC 151, 152, or 268............ 3cr.
  • MUSC 211: Music History............ 0cr.
  • MUSC 302: Music Theory IV............ 3cr.
  • MUSC 303: Aural Skills IV............ 1cr.
  • MUSC 309: Keyboard Skills II............ 3cr.
  • MUSC 313: Conducting II............ 0cr.
  • MUSC 351: String Techniques............ 0cr.
  • Private Lesson............ 1cr.
  • Large Ensemble............ 1cr.

Fall

  • MUSC 199: Recital Attendance............ 0cr.
  • MUSC 320: Instrumental Methods............ 3cr.
  • MUSC 353: Brass Techniques............ 3cr.
  • Private Lesson............ 1cr.
  • Large Ensemble............ 1cr.
  • EDSP 380: Classroom Management............ 3cr.
  • Foreign Language Elective I............ 3cr.
  • Historical Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • ENGL/CLAS/SPAN 205: Literature & the Moral Imagination............ 3cr.

Spring

  • MUSC 199: Recital Attendance............ 0cr.
  • MUSC 304: Producing Electronic Music I............ 3cr.
  • MUSC 352: Woodwind Techniques............ 3cr.
  • Private Lesson............ 1cr.
  • Large Ensemble............ 1cr.
  • Foreign Language Elective............ 3cr.
  • Scientific Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • MUSC 221: Elementary Methods............ 3cr.
  • EDMS 350: Technology & Topics for Education............ 3cr.

Fall

  • MUSC 199: Recital Attendance............ 0cr.
  • MUSC 401: Orchestration & Arranging............ 3cr.
  • MUSC 354: Percussion Techniques............ 3cr.
  • EDMS 411: Clinical Experiences............ 1cr.
  • MUSC 321: Choral Methods............ 3cr.
  • MUSC 450: Senior Recital............ 0cr.
  • Private Lessons............ 1cr.
  • Large Ensemble............ 1cr.
  • Natural Science Elective............ 1cr.
  • Theological Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • Philosophical Perspectives............ 3cr.

Spring

  • EDMS 471: Student Teaching: Multi-Age ............ 9cr.
  • EDRE 471: Content Area Literacy............ 3cr.

Sample Courses

Xavier is known for providing an education that's both challenging and personal. Here are some courses that are part of the Music Education major at Xavier:

Keyboard Skills II (MUSC 209) - EDRE 471: Content Area Literacy

Conducting I (MUSC 312) - Developing the skills required to conduct in a variety of different settings, including large and small ensembles.

Choral Methods (MUSC 321) - Emphasis on instrumental and choral methods and materials. Practical guide for the music educator.

Orchestration & Arranging (MUSC 401) - The technique of scoring for orchestra, band, and diverse instrumental ensembles.

Clubs

National Association for Music Education

The mission of the National Association for Music Education Club is to provide professional development opportunities for music education students that are hands-on and practical to the teaching profession.

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Outcomes

100% of students from Xavier's undergraduate Education programs, including Music Education, are working, volunteering or in graduate school within six months of graduating.

Top Jobs: Kindergarten Teacher, Intervention Specialist, Special Education Teacher, Co-Teacher, First Grade Teacher, Head Teacher, Lead Teacher

Top Companies: Hamilton County Educational Service Center, Lakota School District, St. Bernard School District, Holy Trinity Montessori, Lockland Local Schools, Reading Community School District, Sycamore City School District

Explore Xavier Alumni Outcomes

All for one

Xavier is ranked #1 for its excellent academic reputation among top competitors in the region. Students get the most out of their education, from rigorous classroom studies to experiential learning in the real world.

Student Involvement

Musical clubs and organizations on campus include the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, the XU Concert Choir, the women and men's choruses and the Edgecliff Vocal Ensemble.


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Career Outcomes

100 percent of Music Education majors are working, volunteering or in graduate school within six months of graduation. Alumni have gone on to careers as performers, music educators, instructors and university professors.


Alumni Careers

Cincinnati Advantage

Cincinnati is one of only 13 U.S. cities to boast a professional ballet, opera, symphony and theater. Engage with local arts organizations, including the Cincinnati Pops, Cincinnati Ballet and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.


Music Education Major at Xavier University

The Department of Music is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). All of Xavier's programs in music education have been accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Xavier University’s Music Program prepares students to enter the fields of music and music education, pursue graduate-level education, or enter occupations outside of music that requires a solid foundation in the liberal arts. The Music Program is committed to the advancement of knowledge through the study of music as an art and a science. This study encompasses music theory, music history, pedagogy, esthetics, music education, and an extensive list of applied music opportunities.

Xavier University’s College of Arts and Sciences challenges students to develop an integrated understanding of humanity, the world, and God by pursuing the questions raised in Xavier's core and departmental curricula. The College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest college at Xavier University. The college provides an excellent liberal arts education in the Jesuit tradition that prepares students for careers, professional or graduate school, and life in a global society.

Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."