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Intensive small-class attention

 Intensive Small Class Attention

With class sizes ranging from 2-8 students in each music education classroom, we value intensive interactions. Small class sizes give you more opportunities for feedback, individualized opportunities, chances to be heard, stronger peer bonds, and relationships with professors that go beyond the classroom. We personalize experiences based on each student’s interests, needs, and career goals.

Field Experiences at every level
 Field Experiences at Every Level

From your first-semester freshman experience to student teaching, students engage in field experiences at every level. Students in field experiences are observed nearly every week with extensive feedback.

Extensive conducting opportunities

Small class sizes mean more conducting opportunities! We work hard to provide extensive conducting opportunities in front of multiple college ensembles.

Jason Sandonato conducting the symphonic band

"Because it was a small school I was able to do a broad range of experiences that included composition and directing the band that set it apart from experiences that I would've gotten at a larger school." Brad Eargle ’11
Reputation among public schools
 Emily Targonski plays the piano

A rigorous, holistic audition process and a pride among our students has built a strong reputation with potential employers. In the past two years, 100% of our students have been hired or pursued alternative pathways (graduate school) within three months of graduation. Our students have been hired in Maryland (80% of graduates), New Jersey, and Florida.

"The biggest compliment that I get is that people don't know that I graduated in May, they think I've been teaching for years, I attribute that to my experiences in the music education program" Dominique DiMeglio ’11
Being part of an intentional community
 Music Education Values

We seek to be a supportive, challenging, professional, and dedicated community of learners. In the freshman year we take a strengths finder inventory and develop conversations about our diverse strengths as we form community. Our weekly repertoire class brings everyone together to challenge our performances, develop our confidence, and support our community. The word cloud above is the outcome of an intentional process where students defined the core values of our program. 

Strong coursework in theory, history, piano, voice, and guitar
 Strong coursework

Excellent coursework in theory, history, aural skills, piano and guitar means that you will develop into a well-rounded musician. Whether it is studying with Grammy-winning guitarist, David Cullen, or pianist Debra Ronning, our students receive supportive expert instruction.

Rich integration of technology
 Rich Integration of Technology

Music education coursework richly integrates technology at all levels. Freshmen take coursework in music technology, developing the skills needed to succeed throughout the curriculum. Other tools used include: stteach© (online tool for observations), an ipad orchestra in world musics, qualQuery©, Sibelius, audio recording software, and digital video analysis of conducting.

Four-year completion
 Four-year completion

While many schools have increased the time necessary to complete a degree, we remain dedicated to a 4-year degree program. Our students work hard, but they also finish within four years.

Well-rounded education
 Well-rounded education

Elizabethtown College is a strong well-rounded liberal arts school. Our core curriculum provides a well-rounded education necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing world.

NASM accredited program
 Dr. Badgerow Teaching Piano

Elizabethtown College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Extensive honors opportunities
 Extensive honors opportunities

Music education students often complete honors projects in research, composition, or performance. Extended teaching opportunities are available through our community music division. Students have been published in academic journals and have had compositions performed.

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