For students wishing to pursue a career in teaching music at the elementary or secondary level, the Music Education program combines the core music credits of the BMus program with instruction in conducting, instrumental and choral techniques, and methods, materials, and philosophy of music education, and allows for study of a second teaching subject. Music education courses are taught by distinguished and experienced music specialists and in-school educators.
More information on the BMus: Music Education program.
Music Education Techniques Courses
The specific skills required to teach voice and the various instruments are taught by some of Canada’s finest performers/pedagogues.
Opportunities for Research
As part of the activities of the Laurier Centre for Music in the Community (LcMc), there are opportunities for students to assist in various research projects. Both service-learning and directed studies credits may be applied for in 3rd and 4th year programs.
CMEA/OMEA at Laurier
The national offices of the Canadian Music Educators Association are located in the Faculty of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University. Dr. Lee Willingham is the editor of the CMEA Journal which is produced at Laurier. By joining the Ontario Music Educators’ Association, students at Laurier receive all of the benefits of the national organization as well. This includes publications (six per year), and a direct connection to the national community of music teachers and learners.
Visit CMEA’s website.
The Laurier Centre for Music in the Community (LcMc)
Based on the assumption that music plays a significant role in the life of practically every member of our society, the Laurier Centre for Music in the Community (LcMc) explores the dimension of life that intersects
Through research, symposia, publishing, projects, partnerships, and concerts, LcMc seeks to connect with music in the community, to collaborate with the music makers, and to contribute to the vitality of the music of people.
The Laurier Centre for Music in the Community:
- welcomes research addressing any aspect of music and community.
- welcomes research in any acceptable method.
- seeks research that informs and guides practice.
- informs Laurier education course materials in the development of future community music leaders.
The Laurier Centre For Music in the Community is home to the Canadian Music Education Research Consortium (CMERC).
Visit LcMc’s webpage.
Ontario Music Educators’ Association Student Chapter
A dynamic addition to the Faculty of Music’s student body, the student chapter of the OMEA regularly hosts guest speakers, organizes field trips, and supports the professional development of our country’s future music educators through a variety of programs, including volunteer placements in the area’s schools.
School Placement Program… Nothing beats the “Real Thing!”
Through the Student Association of Music Educators (S.A.M.E.) Laurier music students are placed in schools to volunteer in music programs. A large number of elementary and secondary schools, both public and Catholic, welcome Laurier students to their classrooms for valuable first-hand experience in teaching and learning music.
As prospective teachers look forward to their pre-service training after graduation from Laurier, they are able to include the insights gleaned from the hours in the classrooms in the required application profiles from the various Faculties of Education.