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Music Education Department



  Professor Tamara Thies


Welcome to the Music Education home page

The Music Education program it Illinois Wesleyan University strives to provide students with the comprehensive knowledge and skills required for careers as successful music educators.  The Music Education program is committed to the following goals and objectives:

  • to provide a liberal education of high quality for all our students;
  • to develop a high degree of competence in basic musicianship;
  • to promote personal and professional qualities essential for teaching music;
  • to recognize the importance for today’s music educator to connect musical understanding to many types of music;
  • to exercise aesthetic and creative judgment in all encounters with music;
  • to be flexible in adjusting to changing demands of the music teaching field; and,
  • to relate effectively to individuals and society.

Curriculum and Certification

At Illinois Wesleyan University, teacher preparation candidates complete a program that gives them the opportunity to obtain an initial K-12 teaching certificate in the field of music in the state of Illinois.  In pursuing this goal, candidates fulfill university graduation requirements through participating in an interdisciplinary, goals-oriented general education program that complements their completion of a comprehensive curriculum designed for the music education major.  In addition, candidates are exposed to a semester-long four-unit clinical experience (student teaching). 

Music education students are required to select a concentration in voice, keyboard or instrumental music.  Candidates complete 36 course units in music and music education and must formally apply and be accepted into the upper division curriculum.  During the spring semester of the sophomore year, candidates are given an Upper Division Bachelor of Music Education interview.  Students must pass all portions of the exam, including an applied upper division jury in order to be admitted to the Teacher Education Program and to continue into the upper division curriculum in music education.  


The Illinois Wesleyan University teacher preparation program in music addresses the content area standards established by the Illinois State Board of Education through coursework, instructional activities, and experiences associated with the major field of study.  Professional teaching standards are also met through completion of the university general education requirements, and through other coursework and activities in the Bachelor of Music Education degree.

Professional Affiliations

All music education students have the opportunity to participate in the student chapter of ICMEA (Intercollegiate Chapter of Music Educator’s Association) throughout their teacher preparation program at IWU.  This professional organization offer numerous opportunities for professional development and growth through round-table discussions with local school administrators and teachers, guest speakers and musicians, as well as peer group activities.  The ICMEA chapter at IWU has received many awards for outstanding achievements within the profession.


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