Bachelor of ArtsEducation - Instrumental Music (K-12)

Majoring in Music Education involves the study of pedagogy, or the method and practice of teaching. You’ll develop the skills and insights to become an effective vocal or instrumental music teacher (K-12) and lifelong learner. You’ll gain knowledge and skills that are important for any teaching career as you take 93 to 104 credit hours towards a Bachelor of Arts degree, and the music education curriculum meets the Minnesota Department of Education requirements for a teaching credential (passage of standardized examinations of content and pedagogy are also required).

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Education - Instrumental Music (K-12) Curriculum Overview

Students majoring in Secondary Education at Concordia will develop the skills and insights to become effective middle school or high school teachers and life-long learners. A variety of specialties are available that allow students to customize their major to the subject area in which they would like to teach. Because of Minnesota’s rigorous teacher licensure standards, students graduating from the state’s colleges and universities are favorably regarded nationwide. Students have an opportunity to blend theory and practice through a series of content courses, methods courses, field experiences, and clinical practice.


Bachelor of Arts degrees at Concordia University, St. Paul consists of a major of typically 32 to 44 credits or two minors, general education courses, and elective courses totaling a minimum of 128 credits.

Meet Your Professors

Dr. David Mennicke Professor of Music, Director of Choral Studies, Music Department Chair

Dr. Mennicke's teaching expertise covers choral conducting, voice training, music education, church music, musical theatre, and music arranging.

Nathan Kennedy Term Faculty of Music

Nathan Kennedy teaches the music theory sequence, applied and class piano, pedagogy, and accompanying, and accompanies the choirs and opera workshop.

Lonn Maly Dean, College of Education & Science

Lonn Maly is a graduate of Concordia University who worked for 14 years as a teacher and a principal in Lutheran schools in Michigan and Southern California.

Career Potential

  • Public School Music Teacher
  • Private School Music Teacher

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