The Concentration in Music Education is the largest program in the School of Music. The degree program is designed primarily for those seeking to teach instrumental, vocal, or general music in preK-12 school. It is a state-approved licensure program that usually transfers well to other states. Graduates of the program are sought after for teaching positions in the state and throughout the Atlantic coastal region. They also pursue graduate study at highly regarded institutions and music education opportunities outside of K-12 teaching.


 A core belief of the program is that excellent teachers must be excellent musicians. The School of Music has a strong reputation for nurturing this excellence in all its programs. The Music Education program enjoys the support of an outstanding College of Education and a heritage of teacher preparation that dates from the beginning of the University. The music education curriculum is comprehensive and includes field experience in music classes and other music education settings throughout the program. We encourage undergraduate students to conduct original research; students have received research grants and presented their work at state and regional conferences. We offer an innovative approach to teaching students with special needs that runs throughout the curriculum, and we embrace the place of technology in 21st century teaching.

Music Education at JMU

All music majors must audition on a major instrument or voice part. This includes music education. Please refer to the audition requirements for your instrument or voice, which can be found here. 

Initial considerations for students include:

  1. Freshman Year: Interested students should declare to their advisor they wish to pursue the Concentration in Music Education when they enter the School of Music or as soon as possible. This declaration will facilitate academic advisement (including enrollment in MUS 150) and receipt of proper information. 
  2. Sophomore Year: Students considering the Bachelor of Music with a Concentration in Music Education should take MUED 271 (Music Education: A Professional Choice) in the fall semester of their sophomore year. They should take MUED 273 (Music Education: Professional Practice) in the spring semester of their sophomore year. These courses are a prerequisite to the other methods courses in Music Education. 
Summary & Timelines

The typical summary and timeline of music education assessment gates is as follows:

Freshman Year


Declare a concentration in Music Education

Take Praxis Core

Take GWRTC 103, a math course, and MUS 150

Sophomore Year


Take MUED 271 & apply to the Teacher Education Program (fall only)

Take GPSYC 160 (fall or spring)


Take MUED 273 (spring only)

Junior Year


Apply to student teach the following school year (apply in the fall to student teach in either the fall or spring of the following year)

Semester before Student Teaching

Consider taking the VCLA and Praxis II (0113)

Submit Pre-Student Teaching Portfolio

Senior Year

Semester of Student   Teaching

Pass VCLA and Praxis II (0113)

Following Completion of  Program

Apply for licensure


**Students may appeal decisions of the Coordinator of Music Education to the Music Education Committee, then to the Director of the School of Music, and then to the Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. 

Music Education Professors and Instructors

Lisa Maynard

Lisa M. Maynard
Associate Professor, String Music Education,
Coordinator of Music Education
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William M. Dabback

William Dabback
Professor, Director of Graduate Studies and Admissions
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W. Bryce Hayes
Associate Professor, Associate Director of Choral Activities
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Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy

Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy
Associate Professor, Director of Choral Activities, Coordinator of Voice Area
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David Stringham

David Stringham
Director of Research, Entrepreneurship, and Engagement in the College of Visual and Performing Arts
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Benjamin Guerrero
Preparing Future Faculty Fellow, Instructor
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Scott Zane Smith
Coordinator, Supervisor, Instructor
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Rhonda Stees

Rhonda Stees
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