Mansfield's music education program is known throughout the Northeast for training some of the best music teachers in the region.
If you have a love of music and a passion for education, Mansfield will prepare you to be a leader in the classroom.
- The Bachelor of Music in Music Education is designed to develop public school music teachers who are intelligent and competent musicians, well-prepared educators, and informed citizens. The program is general in nature, preparing the graduate to teach vocal, instrumental, and general classroom music at all levels.
- Completion of the music education degree prepares students to teach both vocal and instrumental music at the kindergarten through high school levels, and is designed to meet the certification requirements set by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The music education program is accredited by NASM, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, The National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
- The program provides a balance between a broad general education, the intensive training necessary to develop a professional musician, and the background of professional study and experience necessary for entering the field of education in today's society. Students have the opportunity to gain teaching experience in both the elementary and secondary music classroom during their course of study, in lab settings and in student teaching.
- Individual students select either the vocal or instrumental track, thereby meeting the needs of the public school systems in their demand for specialization. Voice, piano, and guitar students are considered in the vocal track, and band and orchestra instrument students are considered in the instrumental track.
For more program information, click here for the current catalog listing or contact Dr. Sheryl Monkelien
Mission, Vision, and Values of the Mansfield University Music Education Program
Faculty of the Mansfield University Music Department are dedicated to the
development of musical excellence in all aspects of our programs. It is the primary mission of the music teacher education program (within
the teacher education unit at Mansfield University) to prepare educators to
serve the region, the Commonwealth, and the nation. Our graduates will be able
to make reflective decisions that are grounded in accepted theory, research,
and practice. These decisions will enable the teacher to adapt instruction to
individual student differences and to changing conditions within schools and
Vision: The music teacher education program at Mansfield
University prepares graduates with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to
be reflective teachers who believe all students can learn and help them to do
so. These reflective and highly effective education professionals seek to
contribute positively to their schools, districts, and communities. They utilize the activities of listening to,
respond to, creating, and performing music to teach musical knowledge and
skills, aesthetic awareness, and appreciation of diversity across cultures.
Values: Teacher education programs at Mansfield University
advance the theme, Teacher as Reflective Decision-Maker. The undergraduate
programs derive from a knowledge base and conceptual framework based on
Danielson's Four Domains of Effective Teaching - Planning and Preparation, The
Classroom Environment, Instruction, and Professional Responsibilities.
Candidates are prepared to teach in accordance with the professional standards
of the Pennsylvania Department of Education and of national teacher education
societies. In addition to this, the
music teacher education program place an emphasis on the following:
- We will promote character. Our faculty and students will exemplify the
highest standards of ethical behavior, incorporating respect for self, others
and our surroundings. We will devote ourselves to the holistic development of
individuals, fostering personal accountability, honesty and advocacy through
character education. Courage, integrity, and honor exemplify our core
values. As the art of music demands honesty and integrity, so too will we
expect our department to promote and encourage these values in all we do.
- We will foster scholarship. We will model a life of intellectual
curiosity, celebrating the creation and dissemination of new ideas in
music. We will embrace the use of rigorous, responsible and critical
inquiry to understand, acquire and share knowledge. We apply what we
learn by recognizing that each of us is both student and teacher engaged in the
continuous pursuit of learning. We will therefore maintain a faculty
dedicated to the highest standards in teaching, musical performance and
- We will enhance culture. We will serve and lead the region and beyond in
promoting diversity and cultural awareness through music. We will accomplish
this mission by vigorously engaging with one another, capitalizing on the gifts
bestowed on our community through the arts, and celebrating our similarities
and differences. Through open discourse and performance, we will create
meaningful experiences that compel us towards understanding and compassion for
- We will advocate service. Knowledge invests us with the power to
improve our world and the responsibility to act. We will be engaged in
our community. Our students, faculty and staff will partake in
volunteerism and service activities as a natural outgrowth of the University
Mission in order to impact lives now and in the future. We
encourage and actively promote on our campus and surrounding community an
awareness of the importance of the role of music in the enrichment of the human