The mission of the Music Education Department at Baldwin Wallace is to educate students to become articulate leaders, to develop greater understanding of the learning and teaching process, and to develop the aspiring teacher's ability to create independent musicians. The department's goal is to create professional educators that are not only intelligent and resourceful but can also effectively facilitate learning in the music classroom.
As early as the freshman year, students observe music teachers and learners in a variety of settings and begin supervised teaching experiences. The combination of theory and practice for all music education majors is integrated and required throughout their coursework at Baldwin Wallace. A highlight is BW's unique network of Cleveland area schools which provide students with numerous observing and teaching opportunities. Another field experience opportunity includes BW's New Horizons Band, a collaboration of the Conservatory Outreach Department, Institute for Learning in Retirement and Music Education Department. Music Education students are also invited to participate in the BW's chapter of the Ohio Collegiate Music Education Association, in partnership with MENC, The National Association for Music Education.
Music education majors study with Conservatory faculty, perform in major ensembles, and are fully eligible for all performance & scholarship opportunities at the Conservatory & the University. Some students elect a double major in music performance and music education. The Conservatory's comprehensive advising program assists in keeping all students academically on track.
One hundred percent of Baldwin Wallace's music education graduates pass the PRAXIS II for teacher certification & have been successful in obtaining teaching positions. The Conservatory counts among its graduates successful public and private school music teachers.
If you have any questions regarding the Music Education program, please contact Professor Laura L. Joss.
Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music is a 2011-12 Corporate Partner of the Ohio MEA.