Music Education Program

Recognized as a special strength of the College, LVC's music degree programs feature student-centered curricula and individualized attention. The program's emphasize learning about music, and the development of sensitive and critical listening skills.

LVC's Music Education Program is well known, and school districts throughout Pennsylvania and beyond actively recruit our graduates. The program includes several semesters of fieldwork prior to full-time student teaching in the senior year.

The bachelor of science in music education (B.S.), approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, prepares musicians to teach in public and private schools, kindergarten through grade 12, instrumental and vocal.

Piano and voice proficiencies for the music education major prepare the candidate to meet the standards of the Pennsylvania Department of Education and are administered by competency jury. Students participate in student teaching in area elementary and secondary schools.

In all field experiences, as well as the student teaching semester, each student is responsible for transportation arrangements. During the student teaching semester, the candidate is not required to register for recital attendance, private lessons, or an ensemble.

Degree Requirements: Bachelor of Science in music education

Core courses:

MSC 115 Music Theory I
MSC 116 Music Theory II
MSC 117 Aural Theory I
MSC 118 Aural Theory II
MSC 215 Music Theory III
MSC 216 Music Theory IV
MSC 217 Aural Theory III
MSC 241 History and Literature of Music I
MSC 242 History and Literature of Music II
MSC 246 Principles of Conducting

8 semesters of:
MSC 099 Recital Attendance
Individual Instruction (MUI)
100-level Music Ensembles (MUE)

Majors will exhibit proficiency at the piano and in voice. To achieve these proficiencies, students must take the following:

MSC 150 Class Piano Instruction I
MSC 151 Class Piano Instruction II
MSC 152 Class Piano Instruction III
MSC 153 Class Piano Instruction IV
MSC 160 Class Voice Instruction

Music education requirements:

MED 110 Foundations of Music Education
MED 223 Brass Techniques
MED 227 Percussion Techniques
MED 330 Woodwind Techniques
MED 331 String Techniques
MED 333 Methods and Materials, General Music: Elementary
MED 334 Choral Literature and Methods
MED 335 Instrumental Literature and Methods
MED 337 Music Teaching and Learning I
MED 437 Music Teaching and Learning II
MED 441 Student Teaching: Instrumental
MED 442 Student Teaching: Vocal
MSC 316 Keyboard Harmony
MSC 416 Orchestration

One of:

MSC 345 Advanced Instrumental Conducting
MSC 347 Advanced Choral Conducting

Additional Certification Requirements

Students seeking teacher certification must also complete a number of additional processes and requirements outlined in the Steps to Pennsylvania Teacher Certification document on the Education Department web page.  Along with other requirements, these include a minimum GPA and the following coursework:

1. Completion of one English composition course.

2. Completion of one English or American literature course.

3. Completion of two college-level mathematics courses.

4. Completion of required Special Education coursework:

SPE 250 Cognitive Development of Diverse Learners
SPE 255 Special Education Processes and Procedures
Embedded Special Education Modules

The following course is required for music education majors and may also be required for students transfering credits into any certification program from other institutions:

SPE 258 Effective Instructional and Behavioral Strategies for Students with Disabilities

5. Completion of one of the following ESL courses:

For early childhood/special education certification: EDU 240 Language, Cultural Diversity and Academic Achievement: PreK - Grade 8

For secondary education certification: EDU 245 Language, Cultural Diversity and Academic Achievement: Grade 7 - Grade 12

K-12 certification (languages and music) candidates may take either course.