Department of Music

Music Education

The mission of Missouri Western State University’s music education program is to prepare outstanding music educators for a life-long career inspiring today’s youth. Our undergraduate program provides a core of knowledge and skills, enhanced by applied learning experiences which ready our graduates for contemporary and current educational practices.  Our faculty members are cutting edge teacher/scholars with national certifications in Orff Schulwerk and Kodaly. They are active scholars and researchers, particularly in the areas of instrumental music, jazz education, choral music, Kodaly, Orff Schulwerk, and vocal pedagogy.  Graduates move on to be successful general, choral, and instrumental music educators in Missouri and in the states of Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska, and often continue their education in successful graduate programs all over the United States.

Interested in pursuing a Bachelor’s of Music Education at MWSU?  Contact Dr. Elise Hepworth, Director of Choral Activities and Music Education for more information.

Instrumental Music Education Sample Plan: https://forms.missouriwestern.edu/registrar/ug/MUS/SP-BME-Instrumental-Applied-Instrument.pdf 

Vocal Music Education Sample Plan: https://forms.missouriwestern.edu/registrar/ug/MUS/SP-BME-Vocal-Applied-Voice.pdf