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Music Education

The Department of Music offers degree programs that result in certification in either vocal or instrumental music education. After successful matriculation through the program, students may apply for K-12 certification from the PSC (Professional Standards Commission), and may pursue employment in either public or private schools. Many of our students additionally utilize the course of study in music education to prepare them for entry into advanced degree programs in related fields, or to assist in developing a foundation of teaching techniques for the purpose of building private studios.

Our program places emphasis on the neurocognitive development of children and young adults, and the benefits of the study of music to the individual, and to society, at large. Music education courses include exploration of current research in the field of neuromusicology, of the variables involved in cognitive and affective response to music, and of practical teaching techniques that are grounded in both tradition, and emerging research.

As part of the music education program, students develop a fully articulated philosophy of music education, prepare a sample professional portfolio, construct a semester-long comprehensive curriculum based upon performance literature, music literacy techniques, and the state and national standards, and devise a professional resume and application packet that they may use to seek entry into the profession.

If you have questions about the Music Education degree programs at the University of North Georgia, please contact the Program Coordinator, Dr. Rebecca Johnston.

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