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Music Education, K-12 (B.S.)

Help the next generation fall in love with music just like you did, with student teaching experience and a full range of vocal, instrumental, and general music knowledge at your disposal.

From helping an elementary school student discover an instrument for the first time to developing the advanced vocal techniques of a high school choir, music education has vast opportunities to combine a love of music and teaching others. Our aim is to develop transformative teachers, and our small class instruction and expert faculty help cultivate an environment for you to succeed.

You’ll also have the ability to perform in any of numerous choirs and bands, take one-on-one lessons, and teach in a classroom. This degree prepares students for professional teacher certification (K-12) in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. An audition is required for admission into our music program. Get your career in music education started today.

See and hear our musicians and vocalists in this overview of the Division of Music. Feeling inspired? Submit your portfolio to start the process of being considered for our program! Download a transcript of this video.
York College Chamber Singers perform at a community concert

Your future in Music Education, K-12

Our graduates have gone on to work for Beverly Hills Music School, Rising Star Music Studio and area schools such as the School District of Philadelphia. You'll be prepared to lead student or community bands, choirs, and orchestras, teach music theory or general music, and be a classroom music teacher across K-12.
Chamber Voices
Chamber Voices
Apr. 5, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
DeMeester Recital Hall
Join us for an informal evening of music making with York College’s smaller vocal ensembles. Faculty and student-led groups will present a varied program of primarily a cappella music, ranging from traditional styles to vocal pop.
Music Industry Recording Technology Panel Discussion
Music Industry Panel Discussion
Apr. 11, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Weinstock Lecture Hall
Panelists from various parts of the entertainment industry will discuss the current political landscape in the U.S. and its potential effect on cultural production and consumption.
Chamber Players
The York Chamber Players
Apr. 12, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
DeMeester Recital Hall
The York Chamber Players is dedicated to presenting a wide array of chamber music repertoire for various ensemble configurations.
Spring Choral Concert
A Retrospective: 50 years of Song
Apr. 14, 2019, 3 p.m.
Waldner Performing Arts Center
Join the Chorale and Chamber Singers in a celebration of 50 years of choral music at York College! The singers will perform classics from past decades, recreating a musical timeline from 1968 until the present.
York College Rock Band performs covers from The Who
Rock Band: Music of The Who
Apr. 16, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Waldner Performing Arts Center
The York College Rock Band (YCRB) performs various classic rock and pop selections and pays tribute to The Who.
Groove Ensemble
Groove Ensemble
Apr. 25, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
DeMeester Recital Hall
The York College Groove Ensemble is a percussion ensemble with a twist. Groove performs traditional music from around the world, including West Africa, South Africa, and Indonesia.
Jazz Ensemble
Jazz Ensemble
Apr. 26, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
DeMeester Recital Hall
The York College Jazz Ensemble performs a wide variety of music by the jazz greats, including Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington. The ensemble performs in various jazz idioms, including swing, bebop, and fusion.
Wind Symphony
York College Wind Ensemble
Apr. 28, 2019, 3 p.m.
St. Paul Lutheran Church
The York College Wind Ensemble is comprised of the College's finest student instrumentalists. Marches, British band classics, transcriptions, medleys, and contemporary music are performed every semester. Matthew Inkster is conductor.
The Secret Garden Spring Musical Production
The Secret Garden
May 2-4, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Waldner Performing Arts Center
This enchanting classic of children's literature by Frances Hodges Burnett is reimagined by composer Lucy Simon and playwright Marsha Norman.
York College Orchestra
May 7, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Waldner Performing Arts Center
The York College Orchestra presents a program featuring both major symphonic works and lighter classics. Matthew Inkster is conductor.
Student piano recital entitled
Student Piano Recital: Music of Latin America
May 9, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
DeMeester Recital Hall
Join York College’s student pianists for a journey “south of the border”. This recital will explore music by a variety of Latin American composers, including Heitor Villa-Lobos, Alberto Ginastera, and Antônio Carlos Jobim.
Contact Us
Music Education, K-12 (B.S.)
Nicole Hesson, Ed.D., Coordinator
Appell Life Science, Room 109
Phone: 717.815.2222
Contact for appt.

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