Music Education

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Matthew Garrett
Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies, Music Education (BS)

Lisa Huisman Koops 
[on sabbatical Spr21]
Head of Music Education
Coordinator of Graduate Studies, Music Education

During the Spring 2021 Semester:
Nathan Kruse

Acting Head of Music Education and Coordinator of Graduate Studies, Music Education
Phone: 216.368.0675

Full Time Faculty

Matthew Garrett
Associate Professor

Lisa Huisman Koops

Benjamin Helton
Assistant Professor
Director of Spartan Marching Band

Kathleen Horvath
Director of Orchestras

Nathan Kruse
Associate Professor

Ryan Scherber
Assistant Professor
Director of Bands

Now accepting applications for the BS (undergraduate degree), MA, and PhD (graduate degrees) in Music Education!

The Music Education program at Case Western Reserve University is among the most well respected in the nation. Small classes, personalized attention, and faculty mentoring are at the forefront of the program. Through an array of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, the music education faculty guide students to become proactive scholar-practitioners, and leaders in the field.

Undergraduate Study

Undergraduate music education majors pursue a fully accredited curriculum that develops musical knowledge through a sequential program of instruction, critical thinking, and practical teaching experiences. Students develop skills, concepts, and methodologies in music theory, composition, general musicianship, music history, arranging/orchestrating, improvising, conducting, and music performance. This intensive four-year degree leading to teacher licensure prepares students to become professional music educators. Full and partial scholarship available for incoming undergraduate music education students.

Undergraduate program highlights include:

  • Music education faculty with specialties in all areas of music education (choral, general, instrumental) who support teacher preparation 
  • An emphasis on experiential learning that is based on current research and best practices
  • Active participation in music teaching beginning in the introductory courses with fieldwork continuing throughout the degree program
  • Opportunities to perform with outstanding ensembles (orchestra, band, choral, early music, jazz)
  • Experiencing a variety of liberal arts subjects (humanities, literature, history, social sciences, foreign language) and conservatory instruction (performance, music theory) by participating in our Joint Music Program with the Cleveland Institute of Music
  • An active chapter of NAfME Collegiate, a student-led organization dedicated to professional development
  • Advanced technology,  and a dedicated music education resource center
  • Earning a music education degree from a program approved by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)

Graduate Study

Opportunities for graduate study in Music Education include the MA (for students with an undergraduate degree in music education), the MA with Licensure (for students with an undergraduate degree who are seeking a teaching license in conjunction with graduate study), and the PhD (for students seeking leadership positions in colleges, universities, and K-12 schools).

The Music Education program has significant funding for tuition waivers and graduate assistantships. Graduate assistants work in support of many areas of the music education and ensembles programs including assisting with the bands, choirs, and orchestras; collaborating with initiatives in research and music technology; and aiding music education faculty with undergraduate music education courses.

Graduate program highlights include:

  • Practical experience gained by working alongside faculty who are internationally recognized as teachers, conductors, researchers, and authors
  • A commitment to scholarly and creative excellence
  • A supportive and collegial community of scholars
  • Leadership opportunities with outstanding ensembles (orchestra, band, choral, jazz)
  • An integrated music program with the Cleveland Institute of Music that allows students to take advantage of the resources of a major research university in the context of a liberal arts education as well as those of a leading conservatory
  • Excellent music library with easy access to resources throughout the world
  • Advanced technology and a dedicated music education resource center
  • Earning a music education degree from a program approved by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)

Ensembles and Performance Opportunities

The Music Education program is fortunate to house and oversee ensembles in the three primary performance areas within the Department of Music: orchestras, bands, and choirs. The Music Education faculty strongly believe in connecting pedagogy with practice by facilitating and demonstrating quality experiences for our music education majors. Additionally, our shared philosophy of supporting and encouraging lifelong music-making is key to our ensembles as many groups include members across campus: non-majors, alumni, faculty/staff, and even community members.  

Ensembles include Concert Choir, Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Winds, and Marching Band. The department also offers instrumental jazz ensembles, chamber music, and other specialized groups. 

Ensembles Information

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