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Students pursuing music education at Trinity participate in an innovative five-year program. After earning the four-year Bachelor of Music, students complete a summer graduate program and a student-teaching internship and are awarded a Master of Arts in Teaching and all-level teacher certification in music.
With a dual emphasis in music and liberal arts, the Bachelor of Music in music education may be focused on elementary general music education, choral music education, or instrumental music education. Along with a breadth of knowledge that sharpens understandings of contemporary education, the music curriculum includes individual lessons with outstanding teachers, performing experiences in fine ensembles, and stimulating courses in music theory, music history, and music education.
Trinity music education majors find themselves receiving unique opportunities usually afforded to graduate students at other institutions. Undergraduates can receive ample "podium" time in order to develop their musical leadership skills and boost their resume with professional experiences. For example, all vocal music education students have the opportunity to prepare and conduct one of Trinity's choral ensembles during a performance. Undergraduates working regularly with a university ensemble is virtually unheard of at most institutions.
Many music education majors also take on other responsibilities such as conducting various pit orchestras, preparing opera choruses for our staged opera productions, leading sectional rehearsals, and putting together small ensembles for performances on campus and around the San Antonio metropolitan area.
Upon completing the Bachelor of Music, students begin a summer graduate program, followed by an eight-month student-teaching internship with accompanying course work. During this fifth-year program, carefully identified teachers join University faculty members in providing a supportive, realistic initial teaching experience. Students are then awarded a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) and all-level teacher certification in music.
Trinity offers attractive financial aid packages and a career placement network that prides itself on placing 100 percent of the graduates of the Trinity teacher education program. Recent graduates are teaching in many diverse settings, are active in leadership roles in the profession, and have presented their ensembles at state conferences.
Highlights include the state TMEA conference, held in San Antonio annually in February, as well as concerts and tours with Trinity's performing ensembles.
Students are also actively involved in observing and teaching in elementary and secondary schools throughout their four-year undergraduate experience.