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Music Education

Experiential learning in the classroom highlights our commitment to training teachers who will make a difference.

Students in the music education program are active in local districts where they establish a professional network and are given opportunities to practice habits of leadership and develop skills.

Program Distinctives

  • Every education and music education methods course includes a field placement in area schools, which translates to a minimum of five teaching experiences in a variety of school settings before student teaching
  • We have a sequential program, providing a strong knowledge and skills in music and education
  • Students experience passionate faculty who model teaching and instructional strategies in methods courses and ensembles for students to use in their placements and beyond

Head of Music Education

Music education faculty

  • Michael Norman
  • Ingrid Dykeman

What does Music Education Look like?

Hope College offers an endorsement in music that prepares and certifies music education students to teach grades pre-kindergarten through 12. Music education students may specialize in instrumental or vocal music.

The core curriculum and methods courses provide the knowledge, skills and opportunities for practical application in schools (at least five field experiences plus a student teaching semester). Hope’s partnership in music education with local public and private schools affords music education students the opportunity to teach students from a variety of cultures and economic backgrounds.

Candidates for certification in music education must pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) in Music Education (Test #99).


Our chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) is active in creating professional development opportunities for music education students. 

NAfME Officers 2016-2017
President: Claire Dickson ’17
Vice President: Hillary Hunsberger '17
Secretary: Madalyn Navis ’17
Co-Treasurers: Hannah Dirkse ’18 and Max Tustin ’17
Calendar of Events 2016-2017
Music Educator in Residence

Our recent guest clinicians have received national recognition for their research, scholarship, and commitment to the field of music education.

  • 2016: Sanna Longden
  • 2015: Ali Bendert, Peter Conniff, Amy DeBoer
  • 2014: Jill Reese
  • 2013: Diane Lange
  • 2012: Will Schmid
  • 2011: Christopher Azzara
  • 2010: James Jordon
  • 2009: Cynthia Taggart
  • 2008: Edwin Gordon
Michigan Music Conference (MMC)
The Michigan Music Conference is one of the largest music education conferences in the Midwest. The 2015 attendance included approximately 9,000 teachers, administrators, students, speakers and guests.