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.
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 three 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, the Central Singers and the Lab Choir. 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.