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Soloist singing Vaughn Williams Serenade to Mucic.

Do you want an almost surefire job when you graduate? Love watching kids' faces shine with pleasure? Love music? Are you a strong musician? Then Music Education is for you! Not only is there a critical shortage of music educators in Washington, almost all states are in a similar plight. Get a Music Education degree and write your ticket to just about anywhere you want to go!

The Music Education Program at CWU has a long history of being one of the largest and the most active in the region, and often graduates more certified teachers than any other single institution in the state. With nearly 200 declared majors, the Music Education community has one the most vibrant Music Education Association student chapters in the nation.

The music education program offers three different specializations that lead to K-12 certification, Choral, Instrumental and Broad. While general music is common to all three programs, the broad area degree leads to certification in all three areas.

Degree Requirements

Broad Area Choral Specialization Instrumental Specialization
Professional Core Sequence

Music education majors at Central are expected to be competent, secure musicians, and they are committed to acquiring the knowledge and skills to become music educators capable of developing and maintaining successful school music programs. The department motto, "CWU, where Teaching is a Performing Art," is a measure of the respect in which the teaching of music is held.

Instructing young string students.

In addition to having the courses required for accreditation, music education majors are offered many opportunities outside the standard curriculum to enrich their music experience and prepare for their future profession. For example, in addition to the traditional Orchestra, Choirs and Wind Ensembles, our Jazz program, with three Big Bands and two Jazz Choirs, gives even the beginner in Jazz an opportunity to develop jazz skills. With so many Northwest public schools committed to Jazz programs, experience in this area is terrific way to prepare to meet the challenges you will encounter. There are also courses in Jazz Studies, such as Jazz Improvisation and Jazz Music Education to further develop your Jazz chops.

Choral majors can sing in such groups as the Men's Choir, the Women's Choir and Chorale. Wind players have such groups as the Flute, Trumpet, Trombone, Horn, Brass and Tuba choirs. Percussionists can play in the Percussion Ensemble and strings have the Chamber Orchestra, String Quartets and mixed ensembles.