Available as major (B.Mus. degree)At Olivet, you can receive the training and experiences to properly
qualify for a position as a teacher or supervisor of music in the public
Our program meets the requirements of the Illinois State Board of Education and of the Illinois Limited State Special Certificate, which qualifies you to teach and supervise music in grades K-12.
Choose from one of two tracks:
Frequently Asked QuestionsWhat is the difference between the instrumental and vocal tracks?The difference is reflected in a few of the courses that are required. Students who decide to follow the vocal track are required to take two diction courses along with a few courses that emphasize choral literature and conducting. Students who decide to follow the instrumental track are required to take instrumental method classes along with a few courses that emphasize instrumental literature and conducting. The track that a student is placed in depends on the applied area (voice or an instrument) that the student chooses to study privately.If I follow the instrumental track, can I only teach band? What if I want to teach both band and chorus?No matter which track you decide on, you will be certified to teach both band and chorus, along with general music and basic theory classes. I don’t play the piano; is that a problem?Yes and no. All music majors and minors are required to pass piano proficiency. Students with previous piano experience have a definite advantage in preparing for this step. However, several beginning and intermediate piano classes are available to help students who have little or no piano background prepare for the piano proficiency exam.
Your student teaching assignment gives you experience in taking on more
responsibilities for directing the learning activities of a group of students
in a “real-world” classroom. The minimum time is 60 full official school days.
You will be supervised by a classroom teacher, the principal of the school, and
the University Supervisor. A faculty member will observe you on site. This is a
time for you to grow, learn and develop as a teacher.
As a graduate of Olivet, you will be prepared to teach band, chorus or general music to students ages kindergarten through 12th grade.
Carol J. Semmes