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Music Education


Music Ed Xylophones

The goal of the Music Education program is to prepare socially conscious music educators for successful careers in school music teaching. Graduates value and understand the importance of music in the education and lives of students.

Fundamental to the Music Education program is the development of excellent musicianship. Music Education students study privately with CCPA’s outstanding faculty, many of whom are members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Small class sizes allow professors to devote significant attention to each student’s learning process and tailor instruction to meet the varying needs and interests of music education students. Our extensive network of public school partnerships provides opportunities for each student to engage in authentic teaching experiences in a variety of classroom settings, in the heart of one of the world’s greatest cities. Music Education students study principles of psychology, leadership, social justice, child development, and much more, making Music Education the most comprehensive degree program offered at CCPA.

The Music Education program features:

  • Visits to and by public school music ensembles where you are able to practice teaching and conducting

  • You design a digital portfolio during the degree process, helping you chronicle your performances and teaching accomplishments, which can then be used in a job interview and throughout your teaching career

  • Guest speakers, including an annual visit by our alumni currently teaching music; Guests provide demonstrations and advice about the field of music education today

  • Travel to the Illinois Music Educators Conference annually, to attend workshops, concerts, and to network with fellow music educators

  • Recital performance that includes conducting your own ensemble that you have organized and rehearsed

  • Early field experiences are available for you with outstanding public school teachers

  • Personalized attention with your advisor throughout your degree to support you in the process of your degree program

CCPA also offers a 5-year double major program in Classical Performance and Music Education. This selective program is for students with outstanding musicianship and strong academics. The program provides a "best of both worlds" curriculum, providing a double major in the amount of time that most schools take to complete only just a music education degree. This is made possible by CCPA's small class sizes, flat-rate tuition structure, and a sequenced, straightforward approach. Upon completion of the degree students will be qualified to teach public school band, orchestra, or choir, or apply for graduate programs in either performance or music education. Applicants who are interested in being considered for this program should apply for Music Education and indicate interest in the double major on the application.

The Music Education curriculum is accredited by both the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and the National Council for Accreditation in Teacher Education (NCATE), and meets the teacher certification requirements for the State of Illinois.

Degree requirements:

Single Major in Music Education

Double Major with Vocal Performance

Double Major with Piano Performance

Double Major with Instrumental Performance