College of Fine & Performing Arts

Music Education

Music Education

Western's music education program is widely recognized for its commitment to producing and placing the highest quality teachers and musicians. It features an outstanding faculty dedicated to the personal and professional development of its students, a comprehensive curriculum which is responsive to educational change as well as student interest and needs, access to current educational technology, excellent mentoring in practica and student teaching programs, and a highly active collegiate chapter of the National Association of Music Education (NAfME).

The music education program intensively involves its students in micro-teaching/field experiences with local public school music programs to provide practical teaching experience early and throughout the degree program under the direct guidance of the faculty. These experiences are invaluable in effectively preparing our graduates to become certified to teach music at the elementary through secondary levels of education and to inspire the next generation of music students.

Degree Program

This professional degree program prepares students to teach music in their emphasis area upon graduating and receive a P-12 Certification as a Music Specialist in addition to the BMus degree. The program consists of a variety of pedagogy, conducting, and education-specific courses (through Woodring College of Education), and requires two practicums and student-teaching internship at a public school. Students also complete core studies in music theory, aural skills. keyboarding, and music history.

Major Curriculum

Please visit our University Catalog for more information regarding course requirements and the declaration process.

Highlights

  • Intensive Practica and field experience in teaching throughout the degree program
  • Excellent student teaching placement opportunities
  • Excellent job placement for graduates
  • Excellent curriculum for all areas of specialization
  • Extensive faculty mentoring and individual attention
  • Active participation in state, regional, and national music education conferences

ACDA Student Chapter

NAfME Student Chapter

CWMEA (Collegiate Washington Music Educators' Association)

 

Faculty

Music Education

Name Title Phone E-Mail Location
DMA
Christopher
Bianco

Associate Professor, Director of Bands, Brass

(360) 650-4076

Christopher.Bianco@wwu.edu

Patricia
Bourne

Associate Professor, Coordinator of Music Education

(360) 650-2217

Patty.Bourne@wwu.edu

PA 045
Grant
Donnellan

Professor, Violin, Youth Orchestra

(360) 650-3718

Grant.Donnellan@wwu.edu

PA 135
Timothy
Fitzpatrick

Director of Choral Activities, effective fall 2019

(360) 920-9036

Timothy.Fitzpatrick@wwu.edu

PA 039
Gail
Ridenour

Instructor, Music Education

gail.ridenour@wwu.edu

Zachary
Smith

Assistant Director of Bands, Brass, Band Music Education

(360) 393-0815

Zachary.Smith@wwu.edu

PA 029