Do you have a lifelong passion for music, and the desire to share that passion with others? Are you patient and good with kids? Are you adept at setting goals? If so, read on to learn if Buffalo State College’s Music Education program is right for you.
Sara Cripps, '13, earned a bachelor of music degree in music education, attaining a GPA of 3.83 while serving as collegiate president of the New York State School Music Association, a chapter of the National Association for Music Education. In her role as collegiate president, she represented the interests of more than 900 students and 23 chapters. She also received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.
“I was so motivated to be a teacher,” said Kerry Renzoni, now a Buffalo State assistant professor of music and coordinator of its undergraduate music education program. “Teaching actually made me a better harp player.” Her research reveals that immersion into music from infancy through preschool years can help children develop music creativity and music literacy skills. “Once you sit on the floor with a child and help him or her develop musically, you know why you are working,” said Renzoni who directs the Community Arts Academy program for young children.
The Music Department at Buffalo State College offers one of the most rigorous music programs in the United State. Our music education majors are immersed in hands-on teaching experiences that help them hone their teaching and performance skills before graduating.
Students benefit from:
Buffalo State prides itself on offering students opportunities to develop and practice their skills beyond the classroom. A vast number of extracurricular experiences and opportunities are available to music education students. Clubs, internships, volunteer groups, and study abroad opportunities can all help you hone your skills both as a musician and a teacher. Options include:
Buffalo State music education students have the chance to do summer research fellowships and work with faculty. Research topics have included global music traditions, Broadway musical theater history, and applications of music therapy to individuals with disabilities.
All Buffalo State students have the opportunity to apply to present their original research at the SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference, held each spring at a different campus in the SUNY system.
Music education students enjoy plenty of real-life experience prior to graduation, including three field experience courses. These experiences help them gain experience in a wide variety of subjects, including band, chorus, and general music.
An extensive music education internship program places students in a wide variety of sites in the vibrant Western New York arts community. Music majors may intern at multiple sites in order to sample diverse aspects of the arts industry.
Music education graduates receive a New York State Initial Certificate for teaching general, vocal, and instrumental music in New York State schools in pre-kindergarten through grade 12. In addition, our curriculum qualifies students for a wide variety of music teaching jobs beyond public and private schools. Our recent graduates have landed teaching positions in Western New York, New York City, Arizona, California, and beyond.
If you ultimately decide that the classroom isn’t for you, there are many other career options. Graduates end up teaching music in research institutions, government agencies, community centers, and private tutoring companies. Other professional positions for music and music education graduates include:
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