The Music Education department at Lawrence University provides an extraordinary opportunity for students interested in careers as professional educators. The Music Education major, within the Bachelor of Music degree, offers four possible areas of emphasis: General, Choral/General, Instrumental/General, and Instrumental, all of which result in certification to teach kindergarten through twelfth grade.
The philosophy of the program is to provide exceptional training for music educators within all areas of their development. Students within the program work closely with members of the music education faculty and pursue a curriculum that is underpinned with music education theory and practical experience in the classroom. Students participate in coursework on campus and have the opportunity to work in the community during their time at Lawrence. All students within the Conservatory have extensive performance opportunities and often declare a double major between Performance and Music Education. The Conservatory program not only offers a phenomenal musical experience, but also integrates the Liberal Arts curriculum of the College into the educational experience of the music majors. Many Conservatory students choose to pursue the double degree program, which leads to two diplomas (BM/BA) in five years.
Lawrence students have won significant awards in music education, including accolades from the WMEA, WCDA, and Pi Kappa Lambda. Students and graduates have published papers in national journals and provided lectures at state and regional conferences. A very active National Association for Music Education chapter provides further enrichment for music education majors at Lawrence University.