Option in Music Education

If you are considering a career as a music educator, consider the Music Education program at Chico State. We prepare students to meet the challenges of teaching through a combination of courses and field experiences. Graduates leave our program with the preparation needed to enter the Credential Program as well as the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in the K-12 music classroom. Our music education faculty has a wealth of experience working in various school settings, and they are all active in state and national education organizations. Our award-winning student chapter of the Music Educators National Association will give you the opportunity to expand your school experiences beyond the University through attendance at conventions and in-service projects. This is an outstanding program. We welcome anyone who is interested in the music education profession.

Why Music Education?
If you like children/youth and you like making music, then a career in music education may be for you. This program offers you the opportunity to learn skills that will allow you to improve as both a musician and educator.

Why CSU Chico? Experiences offered at CSU Chico include:

  • Participation in top ensembles and studio instruction.
    • Top ensembles are not limited to “performance” students. Music education students have the equal opportunity to participate in top ensembles on both their primary and secondary instruments. Ensemble experiences include Bands, Choirs, Orchestra, Jazz Bands, and multiple small ensembles. Additionally, music education students receive private studio instruction on their primary instrument. 
  • Instruct and Conduct Peers. 
    • Music education courses provide the opportunity to learn teaching and conducting skills through hands-­on practical experiences. You will learn how to plan, organize and implement successful school music programs. You will learn basic pedagogical techniques for teaching children in the Kodàly, Orff, Dalcroze & Suzuki approaches. And you will learn the skills needed to run an instrumental, choral, &/or Jazz program. 
  • Hands-­on experience with local schools.
    • We offer hands-­‐on learning through a relationship with the public schools. This means that as future teachers you have the opportunity (BEFORE student teaching) to teach children and youth in a guided atmosphere. 
  • Participation in National organizations.
    • Active student chapters of NAfME (National Association for Music Educators), NBA (National Band Association), and ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) are available for membership.  
  • Learn from Experienced Professors.
    • Our professors have work experience in the public school systems and some still work in the field providing courses and practical guidance that helps shape our young students into the professional educators they will become.

Required Computer Bundle

All students coming into the Music Department are required to purchase an Apple Computer Bundle (students emphasizing in Composition will need to purchase the Recording Arts bundle found on the Music Department website). This bundle includes software that will be utilized in theory, aural musicianship, and beginning piano, as well as in other courses. The department has worked with Apple to give students the best price on a MacBook Pro with bundled software and hardware the computer bundle can be purchased through the Associated Student Bookstore.

Admission to the University

Students interested in any of our options should apply to the University during the initial admission application filing period of October 1 through November 30 for the following Fall semester. Applications submitted after November will not be accepted. If you have not yet applied for admission here are some additional web sites: California State University Chico’s main web page is at www.csuchico.edu. You can find information about admissions and apply online (this site included links for freshmen, transfer students, international students, and graduate students). You can also email the University for information at info@csuchico.edu. The telephone number for Admissions is (530) 898-6321.

Curriculum Information

Degree Progress Worksheet


Dr. Michelle McConkey
Office: PAC 103 
Phone: 898-4639
E-mail: mmcconkey@csuchico.edu