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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.
The Soldier's Tale
The York Chamber Players
Nov. 9, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
DeMeester Recital Hall
Based on a Russian folk tale, l'Histoire du Soldat traces the Faustian parable of a soldier who trades the devil his violin for unlimited economic gain.
Port Ellis
Port Ellis and The Hawkshaws
Oct. 11, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
DeMeester Recital Hall
Port Ellis delivers ambient dream pop tempered with contemporary indie-rock influence. The Hawkshaws are an indie/alternative rock group, stationed in Pennsylvania.
PRISM Concert
PRISM Concert: A Division of Music Showcase
Oct. 6, 2018, 4 p.m.
Waldner Performing Arts Center
This concert will feature a variety of styles, including solo, small ensemble, and large ensemble performances from student and faculty performers in the Division of Music.
In Good Company, Erin Lippard and Kenneth Osowski
Faculty Recital: Erin Lippard, Mezzo-Soprano and Kenneth Osowski, piano
Sept. 21, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
DeMeester Recital Hall
In Good Company: A centennial celebration of Leonard Bernstein and the camaraderie of composers who surrounded him.
Jazz Ensemble
Jazz Ensemble
Dec. 6, 2018, 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.
Groove Ensemble
Groove Ensemble
Nov. 29, 2018, 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.
John Patitucci
The John Patitucci Trio
Nov. 18, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Waldner Performing Arts Center
Three-time Grammy Award winner, John Patitucci, has been at the forefront of the jazz world for over 30 years and is active in all styles of music. This event is made possible thanks to a generous gift from the Boustead Family Foundation.
Rock Band: Steve Miller Band
Rock Band: Music of the Steve Miller Band
Nov. 15, 2018, 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 Steve Miller Band.
Casualties of War
Casualties of War: Poetry and Music of the Great War
Nov. 12, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
DeMeester Recital Hall
Guest Artists Jeffrey Fahnestock, tenor, Scott Crowne, piano, and James Watson, speaker, present a collection of poetic reflections honoring the resolution of WWI.
Worth of the Soul
Chorale and Wind Symphony
Nov. 11, 2018, 3 p.m.
Waldner Performing Arts Center
Worth of the Soul: A Musical Tribute to American Indian Warriors and Veterans with Guest Composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate.
Contact Us
Music Education, K-12 (B.S.)
Nicole Hesson, Ed.D.
Appell Life Science, Room 109
Phone: 717.815.2222
Contact for appt.

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