With a long history of both teacher education and a vibrant music program, EIU has earned recognition for preparing outstanding music teachers. Students gain immediate experience through observing and teaching in music classrooms during each semester of enrollment and all concentrations lead to the same certification, with broad-based preparation in all areas of music education. However, each of the following concentrations has unique professional development experiences, designed to help the prospective teacher achieve his/her professional and musical goals.
This concentration is designed for those who wish to teach primarily band and/or orchestra grades 4-12. Students will achieve basic proficiency in all traditional wind, string and percussion instruments. Management skills for a successful instrumental music education program are emphasized. Junior Standing, and Junior and Senior Performance recitals are required. Instrumental Teacher Licensure Course Sequence (pdf)
This concentration is designed for those who wish to teach primarily vocal music grades 4-12. Students will achieve basic proficiency in general music. Vocal and choral pedagogical skills are emphasized. Management skills for a successful vocal music education program are emphasized. Junior Standing, and Junior and Senior Performance recitals are required. Vocal Teacher Licensure Course Sequence (pdf)
This concentration is designed for those who wish to teach elementary and middle school (PreK-8) General Music. Electives are selected from Child Development, Art, Dance, Theater and Children's Literature. Vocal and piano skills are developed. Achievement of Junior Standing is required. Junior and Senior Performance recitals are not required. General Music Education Course Sequence (pdf)
"The supportive environment here at EIU gives me continuous inspiration to grow and learn with every opportunity. From attending concerts and performing in recitals, to brainstorming plans for general music lessons, my experience as a Music Education major is definitely the result of one of the best decisions I have made—to attend EIU."Rebecca Rose Cloud, 17 – Teacher Licensure, Instrumental Concentration
"As a future teacher, I chose EIU for the outstanding teaching staff. Learning starts with a good educator, and I found pretty quickly that every teacher is dedicated and passionate about all of the students. In my lessons, in my classes, and in practice I am overwhelmed with encouragement from my teachers and peers. My Doudna family is supportive every step of the way, and in a learning community that cares somuch, we grow together. I love EIU music for our shared love of practicing, performing, composing, and learning. I have freedom to pursue what I want to sing and to experiment with my musical taste. I am in good hands, and I love the Eastern life and learning style."Sheridan Kelly – Teacher Licensure, Vocal Music Concentration ‘19
"Whether it be the faculty, facilities, students, or just the learning experience as a whole, excellence is the standard at Eastern Illinois University."Willie Morris, ’18 – Teacher Licensure, Instrumental Concentration and Jazz Studies
"I am extremely fortunate and forever grateful to have had the opportunity to work with, and learn from, the great music educators here at Eastern. Their dedication to our success is echoed throughout the department--be it in a performance or in a classroom. The faculty, staff, and students all help to create an atmosphere that makes EIU a top-notch learning environment.”Christina Farley – Teacher Licensure, Instrumental Concentration ‘17)