The strength of the Music Education Program begins with our faculty and their passion for music. They are professional musicians with real-life teaching experience at all levels of music education from Kindergarten thru high school and beyond.
Working with future music teachers inside and outside of the traditional classroom students is just one of many facets that makes the program unique. Other strengths include:
- Experienced and committed faculty dedicated to facilitating the transformation of students to professional music educators, integrating all aspects of the undergraduate music experience.
- Preparatory Program. The successful Preparatory Program allows music students opportunities for practice teaching early and often in their degree program.
- Job Placement. Over the past decade our music education graduates have enjoyed a 100% job placement ranking.
- Collegiate Music Educators National Conference Chapter. A student organization of future music teachers who bring guest speakers on a variety of music education topics to campus to meet, talk, and learn in a rewarding and positive atmosphere.
- Students experience the profession through contact with elementary through high school music teachers.
- Workshops and clinics to supplement our courses and performance opportunities.
- Statewide networking opportunities with other undergraduate music education majors.
- Individual academic and career advising.
- Student Research Colloquium for special projects, papers, research, and artistic performances.
Who was your most influencial music teacher?
Dr. Kristian Twombly
My High School band teacher, Gordon Hardy, showed me that music is far more than just playing a few good notes on the saxophone. His leadership, friendship and inspired teaching caused me to change my career choice to Music Education late in my senior year of High School.
Rather than indoctrinating me to a particular style or methodology, he challenged me to become more than I thought possible, and it was his example that inspired me to want to become a college professor.
Dr. Mark Springer
Tim Nelson was my 6th-12th grade band director in the small community of Montesano, Washington. He was an inspiring individual who focused his time and energy on positive experiences for students through music. A trumpeter, he gave me additional lessons on my instrument while directing the ENTIRE instrumental music program in the district—all bands, grades 5-12.
He made music a passionate part of our lives and in this rural community, it became a force to be reckoned with. With 500 kids in the 9-12 high school, 125 of them were involved in the band! It truly inspired me to consider music education as a career path, and if nothing else, that music was something that lived in all of us and should be enjoyed by all.
He encouraged my development throughout my college career at Washington State University and inspired so many things in my musical life. In 2005, Keating passed away due to the devastating effects of brain cancer. All of my teaching stems from my experience with him and I will always remember the glorious sounds that resonated from his tuba, the inspired performances under his baton with the WSU Wind Symphony, and the passion, comedy and strong sense of purpose woven in the fabric of his instruction.
Herbert Spencer was the horn teacher at Bowling Green when I was earning my undergraduate degrees in music right after high school. He was the primary reason I went there because of his intensity and honesty as a teacher and a role model. He always challenged you to work harder, never accepted anything except perfection, and always demanded the same from himself. He also had a terrific sense of humor, and laugh that could be heard miles away, and a smile that would fill the room.
After he was diagnosed with cancer we could see him slowly suffer from the disease, but inside his studio during a private lesson you couldn't tell the difference.
He was sick and tired all of the time, lost all of his hair and had terrible side-effects from the treatment. The most amazing thing was that he never missed a lesson and continued to expect musical excellence from every student regardless of how bad he felt..
How he taught music was how he lived life and it was the most important thing I learned from him as a music student.