Music Education, Bachelor of Music

The music education degree at Friends University was designed by music educators to develop teachers with the best skills and techniques for teaching music.

Music education professors at Friends have diverse education and fine arts backgrounds, all contributing to the well-rounded curriculum enjoyed by students. Successful students have passion for music and for teaching others.

The music education program prepares students to teach vocal and instrumental music in grades prekindergarten – 12. It is a four-year program that includes student teaching at both elementary and secondary levels. Graduates are licensed to teach by the state of Kansas after successfully completing the degree and passing the Principles of Learning and Teaching Exam (PLT). Other requirements include a 2.75 grade point average with no “D” grades in the major, a piano proficiency test, and a recital.

“I teach kids important life and academic lessons, and I’m lucky that I’m able to do that through music.” – Danny Darrington, music educator

Program Outcomes

  • The teacher education candidate will demonstrate an appropriate level of content and pedagogical knowledge.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of content to be taught.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of students’ skills, knowledge and prerequisite relationships.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of content-related pedagogy.
    • Demonstrate the ability to design coherent instruction.
    • Demonstrate the ability to assess and evaluate student learning.
    • Provide quality feedback to students and colleagues.

KSDE Standards 1, 2 and 3. KPTP Focus Area A: analysis of Contextual Information

  • The teacher education candidate will develop and implement an appropriate learning environment where all students are engaged and on task.
    • Recognize and implement factors related to development of a classroom environment of respect and rapport.
    • Establish appropriate expectations for learning and achievement.
    • Demonstrate the ability to manage common non-instructional duties.
    • Demonstrate the ability to manage student behavior appropriately.
    • Demonstrate the ability to engage all students in learning.

KSDE Standards 3, 4, 7, 11 and 12. KPTP Focus Area B: Analysis of Learning Environment Factors

  • The teacher education candidate will appropriately implement and adapt instruction for diverse learners to ensure all learners meet expectations.
    • Demonstrate the ability to communicate clearly and accurately.
    • Demonstrate the ability to use questioning and discussion techniques appropriately.
    • Demonstrate flexibility and responsiveness toward a diverse population.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of age group characteristics.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of students’ varied approaches to learning.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of students’ interest and cultural heritage.

KSDE Standards 4, 11 and 12. KPTP Focus Area C: Instructional Implementation. KPTP Focus Area D: Analysis of Classroom Environment

  • The teacher education candidate will demonstrate appropriate professional behaviors.
    • Reflect on teaching and its effect on learners’ performance.
    • Maintain accurate records of attendance, lesson completion, and student progress.
    • Serve appropriately as student advocate.
    • Communicate appropriately with families.
    • Maintain cordial relationships with colleagues.

KSDE Standards 5, 6 and 8. KPTP Focus Area E: Analysis of Assessment Procedures. KPTP Focus Area F: Reflection and Self Evaluation

Potential Areas of Employment

  • Urban School Districts
  • Suburban School Districts
  • Private/Parochial Schools
  • Rural Schools
  • Private Instruction

View general music education courses in the course catalog.

View instrumental music education courses in the course catalog.

View vocal music education courses in the course catalog.



Dr. Stephen Eaves

  • Professor of Music; Chair of Fine Arts
  • Fine Arts
  • B.M.E., Union University; M.M.E., University of Mississippi; D.M.A., University of South Carolina

Lisa Hittle

  • Assistant Professor of Music; Director of Jazz Program
  • Fine Arts
  • B.M., Kansas State University; B.M.E., M.M.,Wichita State University

Toni Libhart

  • Assistant Professor of Music and Percussion; Academic Recruitment Coordinator
  • Fine Arts
  • B.M., B.M.E. M.A.E., Wichita State University

Dr. John Rhodes

  • Associate Professor of Education; Professional Education Unit Assessment Coordinator
  • Education
  • B.S., Florida State University; M.S. Troy State University; Ph.D., University of Florida

Dr. John Taylor

  • Professor of Music
  • Fine Arts
  • B.M.E., Bowling Green State University; M.M.E., Indiana University; Ph.D., Ohio State University

Dr. Jan Wilson

  • Professor of Education; Chair of Education; Director - Teacher Education/Unit Head, PEB
  • Education
  • B.S., Oklahoma State University; M.S., Wichita State University; Ph.D., Kansas State University