Music Education K-12 Licensure

  • Bachelor of Arts in Art
    • Emphasis

    Scholarships

    Institutional Scholarships

    Common Scholarships

    Western offers approximately 70 common scholarships for which a wide variety of students are eligible (e.g., locals, veterans, transfers). Apply for any number of these common scholarships using Western’s Common Scholarship Application, which is due April 1. For more information, visit western.edu/scholarships.

    Early Action Credit

    If a student is accepted to Western by Nov. 1 and qualifies for a merit scholarship, the student will receive an additional $500 for the first year. Use our Net Price Calculator to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

    Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

    Western Colorado University alumni can nominate prospective students for a $500 scholarship ($250 per semester) for first year only. Application deadline is typically June 1. For more information, visit western.edu/mars.

    Neighboring States Program

    Students with a permanent address from one of the seven contiguous neighboring states to Colorado who have demonstrated financial need are automatically considered for a special $1,000 per year grant, totaling $4,000 over four years.

    The Western Neighboring States program can be added to WUE, CP or merit scholarships. So, if you are a permanent resident of one of those seven states—and show financial need—you are eligible.

    For more information about the Neighboring States program, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

    Presidential Promise

    The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant.

    For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential promise, visit western.edu/scholarships.

    Tuition Discount Programs

    Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

    For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

    Western Merit Scholarship

    Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship. 

    For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit western.edu/scholarships.

    Faculty & Staff

    Faculty

    Robert Barrett, DMA headshot
    Professor of Music
    Phone: 970.943.3023
    Office Location: Quigley Hall 208
    Alicia Belgiovane, M.A.T. headshot
    Adjunct Lecturer Music Education, Collaborative Pianist
    Phone: 970.943.2165
    Office Location: Quigley Hall 206
    Heather D.  Roberson, DMA headshot
    Professor of Music
    Phone: 970.943.3034
    Office Location: Quigley Hall 207
    Steven S. Siegel headshot
    Assistant Professor of Music
    Phone: 970.943.2201
    Office Location: Quigley Hall 204
    Kenneth Todd, M.M. headshot
    Department of Music Program Director, Senior Lecturer in Music, Director of Orchestral Activities, Director of Applied String Studios
    Phone: 970.943.2162
    Office Location: Quigley Hall 209

    Courses

    FOR REQUIRED COURSES AND DEGREE PLANS, VISIT THE OFFICIAL UNIVERSITY CATALOG. This is a sample of courses offered by Western Colorado University. To ensure the courses you need are offered during the current semester, please visit the university course search.

     MUS 120 - Introduction to Music Education (1 credits)

    An introductory course for the music major interested in music education K-12. This course provides students with an overview of the concepts, methods and techniques used in music education. Students learn the historical, philosophical, and practical conventions, of all areas of music education, including elementary music, choir orchestra, and band. Students examine different aspects involved in teaching music in public schools, goals of various music programs, and existing curricula including sample lesson plans. Included is an introduction to the Colorado standards for music education K-12 and technology used in music education. Prerequisite to the 300-level music education methods classes.

     MUS 212 - Introduction to Music Technology (1 credits)

    Designed to acquaint students with music technology hardware (including MIDI Ð Music Instrument Digital Interface) and a variety of software programs to enhance learning, teaching and performing situations at all ages and levels. Students have the opportunity to work with available equipment. Offered in alternate years (fall 2013). Prerequisite: MUS 100 or MUS 129 with a minimum grade of ÒCÓ or instructor permission.

     MUS 213 - Woodwind Methods (with laboratory) (1 credits)

    Designed to cover basic performing skills and teaching techniques for all woodwind instruments. Emphasis is on application in the elementary, middle, and secondary schools. Offered in alternate years (spring 2010).

     MUS 214 - Brass Methods (with laboratory) (1 credits)

    Designed to cover basic performing skills and teaching techniques for all brass instruments. Emphasis is on application in the elementary, middle, and secondary schools. Offered in alternate years (fall 2009).

     MUS 215 - String Methods (with laboratory) (1 credits)

    Instruction in violin, viola, violoncello and bass for the Music Education student. Emphasis is on application in the elementary, middle, and secondary schools. Offered in alternate years (fall of even years).

     MUS 216 - Percussion Methods (with laboratory) (1 credits)

    An introduction to the basic percussion instruments with special attention given to standard and contemporary performance techniques and sound production. Emphasis is on application in the elementary, middle, and secondary schools. Offered in alternate years (spring of odd years).

     MUS 217 - Voice Methods (with laboratory) (1 credits)

    A study of tone production, breathing as applied to singing, attack and release, muscular control, posture, and vocal health. Special exercises adapted to individual needs of pupils and simple English songs are sung in the class. Emphasis is on basic skills and techniques for use with young voices in the elementary, middle, and secondary schools. Offered in alternate years (spring 2014).

     MUS 290 - Introduction to Improvisation (1 credits)

    An introduction to improvisation for singers and instrumentalists including improvisational experiences in a variety of styles (jazz, classical, and other), integration of music theory with improvisation, and methods of teaching improvisation. Required of majors in the Music Education Emphasis. Offered in alternate years (spring 2010). Prerequisites: MUS 130 and MUS 131 with a minimum grades of "C", or instructor permission.

     MUS 350 - Advanced Conducting: Coral and Instrumental (2 credits)

    5A study of advanced techniques of conducting, score reading, musical style, materials, and repertoire in the instrumental and vocal media. Emphasis is placed on physical exercises and coordination of the mind and hands, as well as musical terms necessary for proper interpretation of musical scores. Students conduct in both class and laboratory situations with College ensembles. Offered in alternate years (spring 2015). Prerequisites: MUS 250 with minimum grade of "C."

     MUS 360 - Teaching General Music in Elementary Schools (2 credits)

    A study of the teaching of general music, working with children's voices, using instruments, and developing listening skills. Current approaches such as Dalcroze, Orff, Kodaly, and Suzuki are also addressed. Students survey elementary music texts and learn how to develop and plan a music program. Offered in alternate years (spring 2015). Prerequisites: MUS 120 and MUS 250 with a minimum grade of "C."

     MUS 365 - Methods and Philosophy of Teaching Instrumental Music in the Public Schools: K-12 (2 credits)

    A study of the supervision, organization, and administration of instrumental music in the public schools, K-12, providing background and experience with the philosophical, historical, and practical foundation of instrumental music in the public schools. Emphasis is placed upon contemporary methodology, all aspects of teaching and conducting activities in instrumental music, comprehensive musicianship through performance, and preparation for student teaching. Offered in alternate years (fall 2014). Prerequisites: MUS 250 with a minimum grade of "C."

     MUS 370 - Methods and Philosophy of Teaching and Supervising Vocal Music in the Public Schools: K-12 (2 credits)

    An intensive study of materials and methods for teaching vocal and general music in the elementary and secondary school, plus objectives, organization, administration, curriculum content, guidance for student teachers, and background in contemporary trends in music education for all age levels, K-12. Offered in alternate years (spring 2015). Prerequisites: MUS 120 and 250 with a minimum grade of "C."

  • Bachelor of Arts in Art
    • Emphasis

    At Western, you’ll train in a pristine setting and welcoming environment that encourages you to create beautiful works of musical art. Our faculty will inspire you to reach your creative potential through diverse performance opportunities and nurturing one-on-one coaching and preparation.

    What Will You Learn? What Skills Will You Acquire?

    As a student in Western’s Music program, you will not only acquire valuable performance skills, but also build important critical-thinking and life skills.

    You’ll learn how to perform on stage as a solo artist and as a member of an ensemble. We’ll provide you with a strong background in music, including the history of different musical traditions, music theory from past to present and recording and technology in music.

    Beyond the Classroom

    Music students perform as soloists and in ensembles several times each semester. Performance opportunities include bands, choirs, orchestras, jazz ensembles, piano, organ and chamber music.

    After Graduation

    Graduates of Western Music are prepared to enter graduate school or work as teachers, performers or in the business of music.

    In addition to conventional tracks, such as performance, business and education, our students prepare to pursue careers in music therapy, the recording and film industry, music libraries, music publishing, musicology, ethnomusicology and musical theater.