Music Education

Division Chair - Jeananne Nichols

The Music Education Division at Illinois provides comprehensive music teacher preparation and rigorous graduate study for music educators. During a typical year, the division serves approximately 150 undergraduate majors, 40 master’s students in both academic year and summer programs, and a resident cohort of doctoral students.

The Illinois music education faculty work as teachers, conductors, editors, clinicians, consultants, and researchers who contribute to the School of Music and the music education profession nationally and internationally. As specialists with backgrounds in music teaching and learning in a variety of settings, faculty teach all the courses central to the preparation of preservice teachers for successful and stimulating P-12 teaching careers. This commitment to teacher preparation is central to the faculty’s work, as is its integration with contemporary research and scholarship in music teaching and learning. In addition to their own research, the faculty helps graduate students develop their own scholarly voices and professional identities. For all students, we are dedicated mentors who counsel and support students’ professional career placement and development.

In addition, the Music Education Division engages with the broader profession in a variety of ways. Music education students are provided opportunities to collaborate with partners in local schools and community organizations. Such experiences might include electronic music creation projects at a local middle school, developing and facilitating arts-based lessons at the local juvenile detention center, and teaching young children at the University of Illinois Childhood Development Laboratory. The Music Education Division organizes lecture series through the MOSAIC Consortium and hosts conferences on critical issues, such as “LGBTQ Studies and Music Education” and “Narrative Inquiry in Music Education.” The University of Illinois sponsors the Council for Research in Music Education, which in turn publishes the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education and administers the Outstanding Dissertation Award in Music Education.