Oklahoma Baptist University

Music Education

Students in the music education degree program are prepared and certified to teach PK-12 vocal or instrumental music in public schools. Due to the excellent preparation and unique degree program opportunities, OBU music education graduates are in high demand, and have enjoyed a 100% job placement rate for many years. Both the instrumental and vocal music education degrees offer numerous on-campus training opportunities for future music future music teachers which enhance their preparation for student teaching and future job placement.

Features of the OBU Music Education Degree

* Internship program with the Young Singers of Central Oklahoma, a community based choral music program for area students ages 7-18. OBU students come to weekly rehearsals and serve in various capacities as student conductors, assistants and accompanists. In addition, students enrolled in music education methods classes are assigned to present teaching demonstrations twice each semester with one of the choirs. This provides an ideal hands-on learning experience for music education majors as they prepare for student teaching and future careers as music teachers.

* Opportunities to teach private lessons through the OBU Preparatory Department.

* Automatically enrolled as members of Music Educators National Conference, the largest and most prominent professional music education organization, as well as the state affiliation, Oklahoma Music Educators Association.

Whitni Butler student teaching at Ralph Downs Elementary in Putnam City - Fall 2008

* Student teaching with master teachers in Shawnee, Norman, and Oklahoma City areas.

* Participation and observation in junior high and high school instrumental and vocal events hosted by the music department (OBU Honor Band, State Instrumental Solo and Ensemble, OSSAA State Vocal Contest, Circle the State with Song Elementary Choral Festival).

Laura Ingram student teaching at Charles Hasell Elementary in Edmond - Fall 2008

Jacob Seals student teaching at Soldier Creek Elementary in Midwest City - Fall 2008

Kari Mitchell student teaching at Coronado Heights Elementary in Putnam City - Fall 2008

Micki Mitchell student teaching at Jefferson Elementary in Shawnee - Fall 2008

Heather Davidson student teaching at Jackson Elementary in Norman - Fall 2008