Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance and Music Education

The music education program at Johnson State College provides a five-year, double major in Music Performance and Music Education that leads to State of Vermont Certification for all specializations in Music, grades PK-12.  This program guides students through the licensure procedures from the earliest levels of their collegiate education through to the completion of the student teaching internship, and includes requirements in instrumental, choral, and general music methods for all music education majors.  The hallmark of the program is the comprehensive nature of the degree supported by strong curricular sequencing of the course work.


The Music Education Department of Johnson State College endeavors to create an inviting learning environment that provides a systematic, experience-based curriculum in the areas of self-reflection, curiosity, and enthusiasm in its future educators. Successful music educators exhibit personal qualities of leadership, intellectual curiosity, and social commitment. They approach life, music, and the teaching profession in a positive, creative, and enthusiastic way. 

Musicians are most successful as teachers if they understand current structures, systems, and practices in education. The music educator in this age of educational change and accountability must be able to express knowledge of teaching and learning through verbal communication (oral and written) and through overt, demonstrable high-level musical and teaching skills. Johnson graduates plan and implement effective, developmentally appropriate lessons and curricula based upon sound principles of content knowledge, skill development, and pedagogy. They employ the National Standards in Music Education and use appropriate materials and strategies to develop students’ critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills all while conveying their deep love of music.

The JSC faculty is dedicated to preparing its candidates for careers as professional music educators and to emulate and convey the following principles: pursuing excellence in education; a commitment to diversity and cultural awareness; excellence in musicianship, pedagogy, research, and scholarship. Music educators from JSC enter the field with the skills, knowledge, confidence, and enthusiasm to successfully provide their future students with a complete and fulfilling musical experience.


  1. Demonstrate mastery of basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics by passing the Praxis I exam according to Vermont Guidelines.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of content areas (PK-12 instrumental, choral, & general music) and successfully complete the Praxis II exam for the Music Content area with a score that meets the Vermont Certification Guidelines.
  3. Be able to develop well-organized, standards-based lessons and unit plans in all content areas of certification (PK-12 instrumental, choral & general music), as well as use them successfully in a variety of music classroom environments as evidenced by documentation included in an approved portfolio.
  4. Be knowledgeable of both child and adolescent development, various exceptionalities, literacy development, technology integration, anti-discriminatory practice, and demonstrate skill in planning and carrying out varied instructional activities designed to support learning across a diverse student population.
  5. Demonstrate skill in using reflection as a means of improving classroom teaching skills.
  6. Demonstrate collaboration and advocacy skills by working successfully with colleagues. Parents, and the community at large for purposes of improving the music education experience for all children.
  7. Demonstrate those teaching skills expected of a beginning music educator by successfully completing the required student teaching experience.

Develop skills in critical and creative thinking and apply these to music education as evidenced in the successful completion of the licensure portfolio.