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String players in the department of music at Otterbein

Bachelor of Music Education (BME)

In addition to the common core of musicianship and general studies, the musician electing a career in school-based teaching must develop competencies in professional education and in specific areas of musicianship. This program leads to Music Multi-Age licensure and prepares you for teaching instrumental and vocal music in the public and private schools, grades preK-12. Students will select either a choral/general emphasis, or an instrumental/general emphasis. The program also may qualify you to apply for graduate study in music or music education.

Otterbein Future Music Teachers Association

Otterbein has a chapter of MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) called OFMTA (Otterbein Future Music Teachers Assocation). The national group was formed to give independent music teachers a resource for networking and to provide professional opportunities and further training. Students who are currently teaching private lessons on any instrument or voice or would like to get started are invited to join the group. For more information, please contact Dr. Nick Ross.

Ohio Collegiate Music Educators Association

Otterbein's chapter of the Ohio Collegiate Music Educators Association (OCMEA) is one of the largest in the state. Music Education majors are required to join this organization to fulfill their course requirements. This organization is the collegiate “arm” of the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) and the Music Educators National Conference (MENC), and is open to all music majors, but is geared toward enhancing the music education curriculum.

OCMEA coordinates several opportunities throughout the year to take lessons learned in the classroom and convert them into applicable teaching experiences. Projects have included teaching music workshops at Harrison Street Elementary School and preparing a lessons and activities book to accompany the Westerville Symphony’s Young People’s Concerts.

There are also social events and fundraisers, proceeds of which go to a scholarship fund for student teachers. A highlight of the year is the annual OMEA Conference, where there are numerous opportunities to attend concerts and clinics, and to network with teachers from across the state. There will be a picnic for incoming freshman music education majors and others wishing to learn more about OCMEA at the beginning of Autumn Semester. For more information, please contact Dr. Amy Chivington.

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