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  • Course Delivery
    residential
  • Total Credits
    122
  • Yearly Tuition
    $36,050
  • Duration
    4 Years

Program Overview

A comprehensive major designed for students who plan to achieve an instrumental music teaching career in a public or private school. The music education-vocal degree program meets the Minnesota Board of Teaching requirements for a license in instrumental and classroom music education K-12. For students interested in vocal education, Saint Mary's offers the music education-instrumental major. Highly motivated students with strengths in both vocal and instrumental music may wish to complete a double (vocal and instrumental) licensure program.

Teaching, reaching, and stimulating middle and high school learners takes strong skills and superior teacher preparation. Saint Mary's School of Education is committed to excellent faculty, small class sizes, and real-world experience. This, in turn, prepares secondary education teachers to relate to students, helping to launch learners toward future success. Saint Mary's School of Education helps secondary education majors create a challenging and positive learning environment for all learners, including those with diverse backgrounds and needs. Toward that objective, strong emphasis is placed on gaining extensive field experience in a variety of settings prior to graduation. Faculty connect these field experiences to coursework, combining theory and practice, modeling effective instruction, providing relevant context, and building confidence to address the variety of situations future teachers will encounter.

Career Options

A majority of music education graduates pursue classroom teaching in public or private elementary, middle, or high schools. Others may go on to seek advanced degrees from Saint Mary's in special education, literacy, educational administration, curriculum and instruction, or school counseling. It is also possible to pursue graduate studies in music areas not related to education.

Five-year B.A./M.A.

The five-year combined degree program delays School of Education courses until the fifth year, allowing the music student to focus on developing his or her own personal musicianship and to complete the music education methods courses prior to enrolling in the M.A. in Teaching program.

Taking Classes

This residential, four-year program is offered on our Winona Campus, with daytime classes and a full student life experience.

Course Information

This major is designed to prepare students for a career in K-12 public or private education. In addition to Music courses, students must complete the Teacher Education Program to be certified. 

For more information and course descriptions, check out our course catalog.

Applicants must submit:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Official high school transcript
  3. Official Test Scores - ACT, SAT, or Classic Learning tests are accepted.
  4. An Essay or brief personal statement. In 250 words or fewer, please tell us about: a significant experience you've had, an accomplishment or risk you have taken, a person who has made a difference in your life, a topic of concern to you, or anything else you think would help us learn more about you. You can also choose to submit a graded paper or write something new!
  5. Letters of Recommendation are optional.
  6. If you choose to upload a document, please make sure your file is either a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx), an RTF file, or a PDF file. Any other format (including Google Docs) will not load into your application.
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Tuition & Fees

Tuition: $36,050 Per Year

Fees

Room:$5,230
Board:$4,120
Activity fee:$170
Technology fee:$370
Laundry fee:$80

The Saint Mary's Difference

The heart of Saint Mary's is its people — faculty, staff, and your fellow students — who become your companions and allies on your educational journey. Here, in an intense give-and-take setting, each of us discovers just how much we can learn. You'll find, in every one of our classrooms, a person-centered education focused on your growth, your potential — because we believe that everyone deserves the chance to make an impact, to change the world around them.

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