In all field experiences, music education students (referred to here as Teacher Candidates) are placed with a professional P-12 music educator who has been defined as a qualified, experienced music educator. Each student also has a university supervisor from the Department of Music. The University Supervisor also teaches, advises, counsels and supervises the teacher candidates in the field. This allows these teacher candidates the opportunity to receive what we believe to be the best possible preparation for a career as a music educator. Teacher candidates in our programs are capable, competent, and developing music education professionals who learn to feel right at home in public school classrooms because of their immersion and acculturation to teaching.
Typically, before the student teaching experience, teacher candidates spend about two hours each week over a period of several semesters in a public school music room. They have experiences in many classrooms at different grade levels and with different teachers, and in different schools in different neighborhoods. This plan gives teacher candidates a wide variety of experiences from which to draw as they learn to teach children and adolescents. They immediately began to experience the role of a teacher. By the senior year, the undergraduate teacher candidates are more like teacher interns.
Teacher candidates take their college course work in conjunction with the field experiences. This constant interplay of theory and practice strengthens the program and ensures the relevancy of the program for the future teachers.