The Catholic University of America

Advice from Music Education Majors 

  • Register early and carefully.
  • See your advisor early and often.
  •  Join NAfME
  • Observe as many different music classes and grade levels as possible.
  • Take as many instrument techniques classes as you can in your freshmen/sophomore years.
  • Warn your roommates when you take the instrument techniques classes.
  • Take the piano classes seriously and practice!
  • Get involved with kids as much as possible, e.g., music camp, marching band season.
  • Earn as many MUS 150 hours as soon as you can.
  • Attend as many County and other Music Festivals - ask Dr. Smith for information about opportunities to assist.
  • Assist with the CUA High School Honor Band and Honor Choir.
  • Attend as many Orff and Kodály Saturday workshops – most of them are free for college students!
  • If you are an instrumental/choral major, volunteer with school or church ensembles...get on the podium and conduct.
  • Go to Conferences.
  • Learn how to use the library, including online resources.
  • Learn how to incorporate technology in your lessons.
  • Keep playing and performing.
  • Stay organized and complete assignments as early as possible
  • Be prepared for a lot or work and many late nights.
  • Get to know other music education students.
  • Expect to student teach in the fall, so you can learn how to ‘start’ a class.
  • Keep all your work and portfolios from methods courses.
  • Keep your resume as a work in progress.
  • You will have fun.