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Music Education

We invite students to think of music education as
a meaningful way to be a musician.

We recognize that all musicians teach at some point in their careers; therefore, we encourage you to prepare yourself well for this role.

At Queen’s University you can pursue studies of music education broadly, whether you plan to become an Ontario College of Teachers certified classroom teacher, lead a church choir, provide piano lessons out of your own studio, or operate a community music school.

The Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Education Concurrent Degree is one of a kind in the region. Students are accepted based on an audition with Queen’s Music, an experience statement in the Faculty of Education, and their high school marks. The combined program takes 5 years to complete, but once you have finished you have a music degree and an education degree and are ready to be certified by the Ontario College of Teachers for teaching in the elementary and secondary schools. Students accepted into this program are of the highest caliber in musical and teaching potential. 

The Bachelor of Music degree followed by the Bachelor of Education degree is another option for those who want to become certified teachers in the elementary and secondary schools. With this option you take fewer courses than in the B.Mus./B.Ed. Concurrent program in any given year and must apply to a Faculty of Education in your 4th year of the B.Mus. You may take the same music education courses in the Dan School of Drama and Music that the B.Mus./B.Ed. Concurrent students do.

Music Education at Queen's prepares musicians to experience and understand the relationships between teaching, learning, and music.

The curriculum provides excellent preparation for future needs and varied interests of our students.

Students can choose to meet the requirements for admittance to a Faculty of Education and teacher certification.

Some Music Education courses feature a practicum component which allows for practical experience with children and young adults. One example is the Symphony Education Project with the Kingston Symphony Association. Other projects link with the local school boards (Limestone District School Board and Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board). We welcome new projects with other music organizations.

Students have many opportunities for acquiring conducting and rehearsal techniques, as well as compositional and performance skills. All students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of performing ensembles.

FAQ

  1. Music education refers to the series of courses about teaching and learning in school and community contexts. Information about all DAN school courses and programs can be found HERE.
ConEd Music (B.Mus/B.Ed or B.A./B.Ed) refers to a specialist program where students start both degree plans in their first year, but finish the degrees at different times. You apply to the ConEd [B.Mus/B.Ed or B.A/B.Ed programs] through OUAC. The table below shows the division of the degree programs.
Year B.Mus B.Ed
1 (2021-22) Music Courses Non-Music courses (e.g., second teachable) PROF 110 PRAC 110
2 (2022-23) Music courses and non-music courses PROF 210 PRAC 210
3 (2023-24) Music courses and non-music courses PROF 310 PRAC 310
4 (2024-25) Music and non-music courses Graduate with Music degree in June 2025 No Education courses
5 (2025-26) No Music courses Complete Education courses and placements. Finish Courses in August 2026 and apply to start and graduate in November 2026.
You can find out more about Concurrent education here: https://educ.queensu.ca/concurrent

A. Courses where the primarily focus is on the practice of teaching, how you go about developing and delivering programs to different age groups and/or populations:

Introduction to Teaching Music to Children (MUSC 114), Partnership Placement (MUSC 274), Elementary Music Methods (MUSC 334), Secondary Music Methods (MUSC 336) Music Education in the Community (MUSC 335), Jazz and Big Band Pedagogy, Piano Pedagogy, Wind Pedagogy

B. Courses where the focus in primarily on learning new music-making skills such as learning to play a new instrument, to sing or to conduct. These courses include the following:

Vocal Techniques (MUSC 280), Woodwind Techniques (MUSC 281), Brass Techniques (MUSC 283), Guitar Techniques  (MUSC 288), Percussion Techniques (MUSC 287), Teaching various non-Western instruments/traditions in the classroom (MUSC 282), Introduction to Instrumental and Vocal Conducting (MUSC 270), Advanced Topics in Instrumental Conducting (MUSC 370) Advanced Topics in Choral Conducting (MUSC 370)

C. Courses where the primary focus is about examining issues related to music education:

Research and Research methods in Performing Arts Education (UTH 387), Topics Courses in Music Education [examples include Creativity, Performing Arts Education in Online, Blended and Face-to-Face Environments] (MUSC 245 or MUSC 470), Music Education Seminar (MUSC 438)

  1. If you are a B.Mus student, you should take a Techniques courses (Vocal Techniques, Brass Techniques)
  2. If you are in the B.A. program you should take a techniques course (one of: Vocal Techniques, Woodwind Techniques, Brass Techniques, Guitar Techniques, Percussion Techniques, teaching various non-Western instruments/traditions in the classroom and/or Introduction to Teaching Music (MUSC 114)
  1. Yes, the music education courses are open to all Queen’s students. Some courses have prerequisites that students must meet. If you meet these prerequisites you can register for the class. The prerequisites for a course are found with the course description that you see when you search on SOLUS.
  2. If you think that you have the prerequisite knowledge, but you think you have the prerequisite courses, you need ask permission. Asking permission means that the School will review your background and consider if you have the requisite knowledge and skills. PLEASE ASK if you are interested in taking a class.
  1. A teachable is subject area that is taught in schools that you become develop expertise in by taking courses in that area. Teachable requirements are determined by each Faculty of Education (in accordance with the Ontario College of Teachers). The list of teachable courses can be found here: https://educ.queensu.ca/con-ed-reqs
  2. Courses that meet your teachable requirements will be included in your B.Mus or B.A. Degree [not your B.Ed degree]. Usually, the teachable requirements will be part of the Major/Medial/Minor course requirements or they can be counted as Elective courses in your degree plan.

People interested in becoming I/S teachers (certified to teach Grades 7-12) need two teachables. (e.g., Music & Geography). People interested in becoming P/J teachers (certified to teach JK – Grade 6) do not need teachables. The list of teachable requirements for ConEd students are here: https://educ.queensu.ca/con-ed-reqs

  1. B.Ed programs are available after you finish your undergraduate degree. You apply for these programs in your final year. You need a Bachelor of Education to become a certified teacher to teach in a K-12 publicly funded school.
  2. You can become a studio piano teacher or community music leader often without a B.Ed degree. In these cases, you may want to take Internship courses, start your studio or volunteer with local organization during your music degree to see what this type of work is like. You may also purse graduate work in a related area.