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Student teaching through the York College education program

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.
Rock Band: Steve Miller Band
Rock Band: Music of the Steve Miller Band
Nov. 16, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Choirs of York College
Choirs of York College: Holiday Light
Dec. 9, 2018, 3 p.m.
St. Paul Lutheran Church
York College vocal ensembles perform music with holiday themes in St. Paul Lutheran Church (George and Springettsbury Streets), accompanied by the newly installed Letourneau organ.
Student piano recital, For the Birds
Student Piano Recital: For the Birds
Dec. 10, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
DeMeester Recital Hall
Birds, the world’s most ubiquitous singers, have inspired musicians for millennia. Join York College’s student pianists for an exploration of ornithological musical delights!
York College Orchestra
Dec. 11, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Waldner Performing Arts Center
The York College Orchestra will perform a program featuring both major symphonic works and lighter classics. Matthew Inkster is conductor.
4 musicians against wall
The Parker String Quartet
Jan. 25, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
DeMeester Recital Hall
Renowned for its dynamic interpretations and polished, expansive colors, the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation. This event is made possible thanks to a generous gift from the Boustead Family Foundation.
Jeff Stabley
Jeff Stabley Jazz Combo
Feb. 10, 2019, 3 p.m.
DeMeester Recital Hall
Regularly performing with the region's best jazz musicians, drummer Jeff Stabley, who directs the jazz program at York College, is a fixture in the area’s music scene.
Kenneth Osowski
Faculty Recital: Kenneth Osowski, piano.
Feb. 22, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
DeMeester Recital Hall
Dr. Kenneth Osowski will present a solo recital of varied repertoire, including music by
J. S. Bach, Johannes Brahms, Billy Strayhorn, and others.
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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