The music education degree is designed for students who wish to pursue a teaching career in the field of music. The music course of study is complimented by highly regarded Education Department courses for teacher preparation. These courses include field experiences and student teaching in K-12 public and private schools in the local area. Students may pursue music K-8, 5-12, or both. This experience allows students to teach music only unless paired with elementary education. If this is done, students would be allowed to teach in a K-6 elementary classroom as well.
Earning a degree in music education from Mount Mercy provides students with opportunities in Cedar Rapids and eastern Iowa for individual and group performances with the Mount Mercy Choir, Madrigal Singers, Jazz Connection, Singing Men of Mercy, University Band and Handbell ensemble.
Through music study, students gain the valuable communication tools of listening and interpreting others, and the skill of working with others. Through the practice and study of music, students benefit from developing important time management and performance skills that apply to virtually all job requirements, either in the field of music, or any other field.
Music scholarships are available to incoming freshmen and transfer students. Music scholarships are open to majors and non-majors demonstrating an interest and talent in music, for up to $3,000 and may be renewed each year for up to $12,000 over four years.