The Music Education program of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art is committed to developing excellent musicians who teach well. We offer both an undergraduate and a graduate degree. Undergraduates can select from one of three courses of study.
We encourage students to achieve the highest standards of musical performance, musical understanding, and professional demeanor. We also provide a strong theoretical and practical foundation in the field of music education, enabling students to acquire the finest teaching skills. The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is specifically designed for those students who have earned their undergraduate degree and would like to pursue a course of study that leads to eligibility in acquiring licensure.
We work hard to develop teachers who are well prepared, because the children they teach deserve the very best.
A Program that Prepares You to Teach Anywhere
Both in and out of the classroom, the Catholic University Music Education program provides the framework for developing excellent musicians who teach well. Through a combination of music, music education, and liberal studies courses (including courses in philosophy and theology), students can obtain the necessary knowledge, skills, and dispositions to become certified to teach in public, charter, Catholic, and other private schools. We seek to prepare students for the real requirements and rigors of certified music teaching as well as exploring novel ways to offer and deliver music instruction in other emerging locations for instruction and service.
Connecting Past, Present, and Future Music Educators
The Music Education academic area encourages all students to observe classes and to prepare and teach mini-lessons in their coursework as underclassmen prior to their time as student teachers, in order to be better prepared for their full-time jobs as teachers. Attending music education conferences sponsored by the National Association for Music Education and workshops held by the American Orff-Schulwerk Association and the Organization of Kodaly Educators is strongly encouraged.
Through observing teachers who are recommended by Catholic University faculty and developing relationships with past students at our annual Student-Teacher Reception, music education students are immersed in a community of educators. Online, we have a professional learning community for current and former students, as well as cooperating teachers and other professionals in the field. Through this professional network, students and teachers are able to share lesson plans, materials, questions, and job postings. The Music Education Academic Area believes that connecting students to their colleagues is part of preparing students for teaching in the best and most relevant ways.
The purpose of the Music Education Program is to prepare educators to work as music teachers in elementary and secondary schools. Student who successfully complete the program are eligible to pursue certification in the District of Columbia.Learn More