Music Education

The Indiana Wesleyan University Music Education program provides a challenging and nurturing environment in which to develop your God-given gifts in music and teaching. The program is also designed to meet standards for music education in Indiana, and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

A degree in Music Education combines courses in music theory and ear training, music history and literature, and music technology and computer applications with private lessons and participation in large and small ensembles. IWU's program also includes professional education courses that prepare students to teach in public and private elementary, middle- and high-school classrooms. Graduates are well equipped with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to be proficient performers and effective educators who make a difference in the lives of their students and colleagues.

As a music teacher, you often will get to choose either a choral emphasis or an instrumental emphasis. The undergraduate program at IWU prepares you to teach elementary, middle and high school students music by giving you a background in:

  • Vocals
  • Piano
  • Band
  • Orchestra
  • Wood or string instruments

If you are searching for a Christian university to earn your music education degree in Indiana, we invite you to contact us at 866-GO-TO-IWU for more information about this and other education programs. IWU is dedicated to providing accredited Master's and Bachelor's programs designed for students who want a moral and ethical emphasis in their education.

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One of the best ways to discover a degree program is to check out the course listings. By simply clicking on the course titles below, you can get a preview of the classes you will attend as a student at Indiana Wesleyan University.

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* Students should take up to 7 credit hours of Music Ensemble (participation each semester).

Specialty Course (one of the following)


Piano – competency through

  • Class Piano Level III (Instrumental)
  • Class Piano Level IV (Choral and General)


Option 1—Choral Emphasis*


* Students choose from either MUS-281 or MUS-284.

Option 2—Instrumental Emphasis


Choose 1 credit from the following courses:


Option 3—Choral, General, and Instrumental Emphasis**


** Student should take up to four semesters of secondary large ensemble.

Professional Education Courses



The Music Education program at Indiana Wesleyan University provides a Christ-centered academic curriculum that prepares the student to achieve teacher certification in the areas of choral, general, and instrumental music. Our faculty members hold Master's and Doctoral degrees from highly-regarded institutions of higher learning in the area of music education. They hold memberships in various professional organizations and are in demand as clinicians, guest conductors, adjudicators, and performers, and serve on national executive music education committees. These instructors have real-world experience in the K-12 school music setting, enabling them to bring to life academic theory and educational philosophy.

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Chris Lessly; MMEd PhD Professor; Music View Profile
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Mary Seaborn; MAEd, EdD Professor; Education | Director; Certif and Student Teaching View Profile
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John Maher; MM, DA, MLS View Profile
Jess Munoz; D.M.A. Assoc. Prof. Music View Profile
Eunice Rickey; MA, DA Professor; Music View Profile
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