Catherine Jarjisian, acting area head
The Music Education program in the School of Music is one of the leading programs in the nation. With a long tradition of excellence in initial teacher preparation, graduate education, and professional development for in-service teachers, the program is known for a comprehensive, field-based curriculum that is rich in music methods and techniques instruction; an outstanding faculty of specialists; and an impressive record of accomplishments by its graduates.
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The Undergraduate Program
The program is designed to prepare music teachers for successful work in a variety of settings. Through partnerships with urban and suburban school districts in the Columbus area, students gain a wealth of experience and a broad perspective on music teaching and learning. Three tracks lead toward Ohio pre-K-12 licensure in music (view these curricula under Four Year Plans Under the Semester System):
- Choral Music Education Curriculum - Students prepare to teach and direct middle and high school choruses;
- General Music Education Curriculum - Students prepare to teach elementary classroom music and secondary-school non-performance classes;
- Instrumental Music Education Curriculum - Students prepare to teach wind and percussion or stringed instruments from beginning through advanced levels.
To prepare for teaching positions involving multiple responsibilities, students may complete coursework in more than one specialization. Ohio State's music education degree program prepares students to become confident and competent school professionals.
Post-Baccalaureate Licensure in Music Education
This non-degree program is designed for music graduates (BM, BA) who wish to obtain a license to teach choral, general, and/or instrumental music in Ohio public schools, pre-K through 12. The program also is required for BA and BM graduates who wish to pursue a master’s degree in music education. Program completion generally takes two years.
Students interested in exploring this option should review the curricular requirements then submit an undergraduate transcript, autobiographical writing statement, and audition CD or DVD to Dr. Catherine Jarjisian, Acting Head, Music Education Area, OSU School of Music, 1866 College, Columbus, OH 43210. An on-campus interview follows review of the admission materials.
Once admitted into the BME degree program, the post-baccalaureate student will proceed to take any courses from the first four semesters of the undergraduate music education curriculum not already completed, accumulate the necessary field-experience hours, and make application for Professional Standing. Professional Standing is prerequisite to eligibility for courses numbered at the 4570 level and higher.
Once all requirements have been met and application made, the music education area head will recommend licensure to the College of Education and Human Ecology, the official university agent recognized by the Ohio Department of Education.
The Graduate Program
The graduate program in music education epitomizes the faculty's commitment to practical teacher development, scholarship and intellectual growth as well as a positive and supportive learning environment for students. The goals of the Master of Arts degree are to help in-service teachers refine teaching skills in the area of specialization, and deepen their understanding of critical issues in the field. The Doctor of Philosophy degree prepares artist-scholar-teachers to become leaders in music education from within their positions in colleges, universities or other educational institutions. Doctoral study in music education is primarily a residential program in which the students and advisors develop courses of study based on individual goals and interests. Interdisciplinary work is encouraged and myriad opportunities exist for participation in research and outreach projects.
Graduate assistantships and fellowships are available for both MA and PhD students. Teaching responsibilities may include class piano, music courses for early-childhood specialists, and assisting professors in the major music methods courses.
Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Aging
The Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Aging is a university-wide program that provides graduate and professional students the opportunity to expand their knowledge, skills, and attitudes to meet the needs of our nation's growing older-adult population. Students must apply for enrollment and complete satisfactorily at least 21 hours of graduate course work from the Master List of Courses, including:
- Nine (9) credit hours from the core curriculum
- Courses from two (2) or more graduate programs outside the major program
Up to six (6) credit hours may be in approved independent study from the Master List of Courses.
The required core curriculum, an integrated series of four courses, focuses on basic components of gerontology, knowledge needed in many professions. Students then choose from a wide range of elective courses to complete the 21-hour requirement. Successful completion of the Specialization in Aging is noted on students' transcripts.
Additional information about the Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Aging is available at ogg.osu.edu or by contacting Linda Mauger, Office of Geriatrics and Gerontology, at (614) 293-8031, or email@example.com.