The Northwest Difference
The vocal music education major certifies students to teach in K-12 classrooms. The degree includes techniques to be a successful choral conductor, knowledge about the philosophy of music education and the opportunity to take private voice lessons from highly qualified faculty. In addition to learning about the philosophy of music, students learn to play the piano.
Instrumental Music Education Extended Certification
The Instrumental Music Education extended certification can be added onto the Vocal Music Education major. This is not a major or minor, but an extended certification that meets Missouri teacher certification requirements in instrumental music K–12.
100% of students who graduate with a degree in vocal music education find employment or continue their education within six months of graduation.
Spring Break Tour
Tower Choir is known for traveling and performing concerts throughout the United States during Spring Break. Past destinations include Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas, South Padre Island, New York City and Florida.
Profession-Based Learning Experiences
Education majors get experience in the classroom during their freshman year. The Northwest education programs are dedicated to ensuring students are career-ready and prepared for the first day of school.
Freshman-year observation provides students an opportunity to observe a teacher for 30 hours during their first year. Students interact with professionals in the field and learn the operations of a classroom and good teaching practices.
During the sophomore year, students participate in a field experience that involves outlining a unit plan and teaching lessons in grades five through nine.
During the junior-year practicum experience, students spend 90 hours in the classroom, teaching lessons, integrating technology and literacy, engaging learning strategies and using assessment to guide education.
During the senior-year student teaching experience, students prepare lessons and teach in a classroom for 16 weeks.
University Chorale is Northwest’s largest choral ensemble and is open to all students on campus. The Chorale provides an opportunity for all students to participate in a high-quality singing organization and experience the joy that accompanies the art of vocal music.
Below is a list of Northwest's Choirs:
- Tower Choir
- Madraliers and Celebration Show Choir
- Musical theater
Horace Mann Laboratory School is a clinical teaching environment on the Northwest campus that provides students with profession-based opportunities and skills for careers in education. Horace Mann, which serves children ages 3 through sixth grade provides hands-on, project-based learning for Northwest students to ensure they are career-ready upon graduation.
Northwest faculty work collaboratively with surrounding elementry schools, middle schools and high schools, ensuring students have opportunities to participate in classrooms as early as their freshman year at Northwest.
Northwest has two large theaters where students perform. The 549-seat Charles Johnson Theater, housed inside the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building, is named for the first chairman of the Spring Festival of the Arts, which evolved into the University's Encore performances series.
Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts contains Mary Linn Auditorium that seats 1022, the Studio Theater and other facilities related to the dramatic arts, including a black box performance space, classroom, scene shop, costume shop, green room and faculty offices.
The students of Benton High School Band came on a Saturday to practice for music contest, and decided to make a Harlem Shake video afterwards. The picture reflects the chaos of the video. I am so grateful for this opportunity.
Study Abroad is an opportunity for students to apply hands-on international experience to their own academic development. Faculty members supervise short-term study abroad programs that prepare students before, during and after the program. Two types of study abroad programs are available – faculty-led and traditional study abroad.
The traditional program can be a semester, summer or year-long program and is taught by Northwest’s international partner institutions.