Why Music Education at E-town?
Our music education program has small class sizes, extensive and integrated field experiences, and high standards of quality. Music education majors enroll in music education courses that have four to eight students per class and receive personal feedback and mentoring from music education faculty members. Our faculty members are dedicated teachers who are committed to facilitating each student's individualized development and capacity as a future teacher.
Classroom experiences in the music teacher education program are extensively integrated with the "real world" experiences of field placements. Beginning in the freshman year, students are placed in a wide variety of contexts to observe, assist, and teach in area music classrooms. Prior to the cumulative student teaching experience, students spend one semester in each of the following: a preschool, elementary, secondary choral, and secondary instrumental environment. We feel that a major strength of our music education program is our access to the incredible educators who are within 20 miles of our centralized location.
Graduates tell us that school systems like to hire music education students from Elizabethtown College. One alumni reflected, "our supervisor stated that she wants to hire more Elizabethtown College graduates because we seem really confident, we are well prepared, our lesson plans are thorough, and we interview well. Every time I have emailed our human resource person, they don't even question if it is an Etown graduate, they say when can we interview them, give me their contact information." The reputation that our students have built among employers opens doors for the next generation of future teachers.
Supportive, Dedicated Community
Finally, at Elizabethtown College you become part of a strong tradition of students who are dedicated, professional, and well respected in the profession. Becoming an Elizabethtown College Music Education student means that you become a member of a supportive community of dedicated students.