Music in Education - Choral
Why Study Music Education?

If you love music and dream of a career where you can inspire others to share your passion, a degree in music education will get you started down the right path. You’ll help your students gain confidence and expand their imaginations—things they’ll use no matter what future career they pursue. Music educators work in public and private schools, at all grade levels, as well as at community organizations, camps, churches, and in private instruction studios.

Why Choose North Park

Why North Park?

Become an excellent teacher while honing your own musical talent with North Park’s music and education programs. You’ll learn the fundamentals you need in both disciplines from faculty who will mentor you as you reach your own academic and professional goals. Advisors from both the School of Music and the School of Education will work with you to pick the best ensembles for your talent and match you with classroom experiences best suited for your goals. When you graduate, you’ll be certified to teach music to students from grades kindergarten through twelve.

Careers In Music Education
  • Elementary music teacher
  • Middle/high school vocal director
  • Band director
  • Church music director
  • Private instructor
Performance Opportunities

As a member of one of North Park’s signature ensembles you’ll perform throughout the year on- and off-campus. Special annual events feature the choirs and instrumental groups, including the Fall Choral Concert, Festival of Lessons and Carols and Hymn Festival. Students also have opportunities to perform in the opera or oratorio that is performed each spring.

Explore upcoming music events and performances.

Classroom Experience

North Park’s music education program utilizes the resources of all our education degrees to get you into real classrooms early and eases your transition from observer to student teacher. Here’s the progression:

  1. Targeted observations as part of the methods course
  2. Teacher Aiding: observe and assist teacher/students (50+ hours)
  3. Mini-Teaching: prepare and teach one lesson each day (7 weeks)
  4. Student Teaching: full-time teaching (10–16 weeks)

Learn more.

Choose Instrument, Voice, or Piano

Music education majors choose to specialize in either teaching instruments, voice, or piano. Based on your choice, you’ll take courses that will prepare you to teach the basics of all areas, but earn more credits in music education specific to your specialty. All music education options carry the same number of credit and teaching experience requirements for graduation and education certification/licensure.

Learn more about the music education program requirements.

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Joe Lill points to many things that make the School of Music a great place for young musicians of all sorts, including access to world-class musicians, opportunities for performing in a variety of ensembles, and the great classroom education the University provides.

Learn more about Dr. Lill and the music faculty.

Joe Lill, Music professor
People’s Music School/YOURS Orchestra

The School of Music partners with the People’s Music School, a Chicago organization offering free music education to children, on a special YOURS Project. This El Sistema program provides free, orchestral, after-school music education to children throughout Chicago Public Schools. North Park students spend time teaching music at nearby schools, gaining valuable experience and mentoring young musicians.