The program helps students develop specific skills in planning and delivering instruction in all types of music education classrooms. The curriculum emphasizes both the theoretical and practical elements of human behavior, musical and otherwise, and integrates with this core a variety of learning experiences that prepare the pre-service teacher for the classroom medium. Within the curriculum, individual emphases are reflected in the choice of major performance medium and performance ensembles. The goal of the music education curriculum is to prepare the student for success in the profession.
The program helps students develop competence for entry into the music therapy profession. The interdisciplinary curriculum emphasizes understanding of human behavior, musical and otherwise. It includes extensive work in music, behavioral science, biological science, and liberal arts, in addition to specific academic, clinical, and research studies in music therapy.
Students interested in music education or music therapy should contact the MEMT office immediately upon admission to KU. MEMT assigns an academic advisor to work with the student throughout his or her academic career. The undergraduate handbooks, available on the MEMT website and from the MEMT office, 448 Murphy Hall, give detailed procedures, suggestions, and specifications.
Students planning to major in music education or music therapy should enter KU with appropriate performance skills in voice or the instrument they intend to use as their major applied performance medium. Applicants should be prepared to audition for applied music faculty for acceptance into study of that major medium. A successful audition is required for acceptance into the major. Each music education or music therapy student must take private lessons and achieve high-level skill in the major performance medium to graduate.
Regardless of applied performance medium, each entering student should be able to sing independently, in tune, and with acceptable tone quality. Functional keyboard skills (accompanying, playing by ear, improvising, and transposing) are helpful. Experience working with others is helpful. Well-developed interpersonal skills are an asset.