Art Students

Josh Allen ~~

Through the Music Education program at Wayland, I not only received a quality of Music Education that prepared me to teach music in the public school system, but also a confidence in my proficiency as an educator and the qualities necessary to exceed the expectations of future employers.  The Music Education program at Wayland presents a one-of-a-kind Music Education opportunity, with its small classes and strong emphasis on quality instruction for every individual, fostered by a devoted, expert faculty.

What’s it like to be a Music Education major?

Music Education majors will stay busy with lots of exciting, diverse classes!  Wayland Music Education majors love music, and want to share it with others.  They usually are drawn to vocal or instrumental music or both. They will study one instrument or voice as a specialty, but they learn to sing and play all types of instruments to prepare them to teach band, orchestra, choir, or private lessons. They take classes in music theory and history, world and American music, teaching courses (see link to Music Education degree plans on the left panel to see more courses). WBU Music students are active building leadership skills through practice teaching, professional teaching organizations such as TMEA and NAFME and hands on teaching experiences that are available on and off campus as a Wayland student.  Many Wayland music students are active teachers before they even student teach, which makes them even more marketable for teaching jobs. 

What are some possible career options?

Music Education therapy
Director of Creative or Performing Arts School
Music Education Royalty and Publishing
Music Education Software
Music Advocacy and government work                        
Musical Instrument repair         
Television and radio industry
Music Library
Performing Arts Medicine


May I take a 2 credit hour lesson like a performance major if I so desire?

Yes, Music Education students may choose to enhance their performance skills by taking a 2 credit hour lesson.  This is especially helpful if the student is thinking of doubling in performance and Music Education.

What if I don’t know whether I want to teach elementary or secondary school?

Many students do not know when they first come to college what grade level they want to teach. The great part about the Wayland BM in Music Education is that you can be prepared to teach all levels. In fact, the Texas Certification for music is an all-level certification. You will get an opportunity to observe and teach elementary, middle, and high schools before you begin applying for jobs.

For those students who aren’t sure they want to teach, we say, “how do you know unless you try?!” If you are not sure, give us a try! As you experience the program, you will begin to figure out if it is right for you!


How hard are the TeXeS exams?

If you take your classes seriously, the music content exams should be challenging but achievable.  The courses you take as a part of your degree provides the information you need to do well on these exams. The test examines your overall music knowledge, particularly things you would need to teach music at the elementary and secondary levels.  Listening in class, taking good notes, and being able to articulate your ideas will make taking the TeXeS easier when the time comes.

We also have a course to help to prepare you for this exam.
Besides the music TeXeS exam, Music Education students will also be required to take teaching examination.  The School of Music Education offers a course to help you with this preparation, and help you to learn to read the test and understand what kinds of questions to expect.

Can I get a job?

Yes!  100% of Wayland Music Education students who look for teaching jobs have received a job!  Wayland Baptist University is a great place to give you the Music Education and the experience you need to find a teaching position. In fact, schools seek after Wayland grads because of the experience and training they receive here.