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 and develop personal and professional qualities essential for music educators
  • to instill in future music educators the value of teaching all students to create, perform, and respond to music
  • to exercise aesthetic and creative judgment in all encounters with music
  • to be flexible in adjusting to the evolving demands of the music teaching field
  • to relate effectively to individuals and society.

Curriculum and Certification

At Illinois Wesleyan University, music education candidates complete a program that imparts them the skills necessary to obtain an initial K-12 teaching license 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. As part of this curriculum, students complete a semester-long student teaching experience.

Music education students are required to select a concentration in voice, keyboard or instrumental music.  Candidates a curriculum that includes 36 course units in music and music education. During the spring semester of the sophomore year, candidates complete the Upper Division Bachelor of Music Education interview and assessment. Students must pass all portions of the assessment, as well as the 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 National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Collegiate Chapter 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 IWU NAfME Collegiate Chapter has received many awards for outstanding achievements within the profession. Most recently, the chapter received the Chapter Growth Certificate of Achievement in 2014.

Please feel free to contact me via phone or e-mail with any questions you may have about the IWU Music Education program. 

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