Music Education


Maybe you've experienced the deep, emotional intensity of a crescendo, achieved perfect pitch, mastered the evolution of a sonata, or understand the magic of a grace note. In our Music Education program, you'll learn how to inspire and grow the next generation of talent.

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Our graduates work at Boscobel High School, Pleasant Valley High School, Prince of Peace Catholic School, Rivermont Collegiate, Orion High School, Lincoln-Way Central High School, Clarke University, and Muscatine High School.


Ambrose Advantages

  • Renowned Teacher Education Program
  • Perform & Perfect: Vocal, Instrument, and Band
  • Empowering Faculty & Individual Guidance

choir director with choir

Band profile shot

Conducting lesson by Nick Enz

Like a sonata, your education at SAU will evolve and always connect. Our Music and Education faculty are exceptionally dedicated, approachable, and active professionals. Whether you want to direct a marching band, teach the precision of stringed instruments, or expand the vocal abilities of a high school choir, here you can hone your musical abilities and become a successful educator.

See Our Music and Music Education Fact Sheet (pdf)


Seeking Talented Musicians

Music Scholarships

Vocal and Instrumental

The Music Department awards more than $170,000 in annual scholarships to talented music students who audition – and the grant is renewable every year through graduation.

Learn more about scholarship auditions


More Information on the Music Education Program

What will I learn?

You will learn to teach band, orchestra, chorus, and general music in grades K-12. Music education majors work one-on-one with faculty ensemble directors, and they conduct public performances – an opportunity students don't get at most universities.

Courses include music theory, conducting, music education, music history and literature, piano techniques, and aural skills. You pick a concentration – vocal or instrumental – and take further courses that correspond to that specialization.

You also get to perform. Music Education majors are required to participate in a major ensemble, but we have so many you may want to participate in more than one!

You will also get extensive field experience, including student teaching. St. Ambrose has a top-notch Teacher Education program with elementary and secondary endorsements.

What are some of my unique learning opportunities?

We empower you with the skills to teach as well as encouragement to use your skills to perform. In fact, you can start doing so from the start of your undergraduate career. Join one or more of our performing groups: Symphonic Band, String Ensemble, University Chorale, Chamber Singers, Jazz Combo, Bella Voce (female acapella), Bee Sharp (male acapella), and STAMVOJA (vocal jazz ensemble).

The number and diversity of music groups we offer is large for a department our size, so you get all the experience you'd get at other schools, but with the benefit of more attention and leadership opportunities.

You can also perform solo, in a small ensemble on-campus or in the community, or even internationally. Read about our most recent International Tour in Europe.

You can also compose, teach, and conduct large ensembles in a public performance – opportunities most universities our size do not offer. You can also join the SAU Marching Band.

Because SAU is located within a strong performing arts community, our students get to attend and perform at many venues, including River Music Experience, Quad City Symphony Orchestra, Bix Jazz Music Festival, Mississippi Blues Festival, Nova Singers, the Adler Theatre – and we're only three hours from downtown Chicago and Des Moines.

What are some potential career outcomes?

Potential careers include educator (K-12, college-level, community music schools, private studio), accompanist, band director, conductor, music critic, musical theatre, performer, or songwriter. Your degree could lead you into other professional areas, including arts fundraiser or grant writer, event management, instrument designer, music agent, or music curator or librarian.

St. Ambrose is recognized for graduating high-quality teachers. All of our Music Education graduates who actively seek a teaching position are hired to work in the field. Our students also have an excellent track record of acceptance into the graduate school of their choice.

What are Music Education alumni doing?

Jonathan Ryan '12 is the Muscatine (Iowa) High School choir instructor. In 2016, he led the school's A Cappella Choir to Jiwu, China, where the students performed at the 13th Annual International Choral Festival.

Tyson Danner '07 is the Executive Director at the River Music Experience in Davenport. At SAU, he was able to follow his interest in music and the performing arts and it led to his career.

Keaton Connell '13, '16 directs music at Our Savior Luthern Church in Bettendorf, Iowa.

Maddie Schumacher '18 teaches 7th grade band at Sudlow Intermediate, Davenport.

2019-20 Music Department Events

Allaert Auditorium and Madsen Hall both are located inside the Galvin Fine Arts Center. Campus Map

Fall Performances

Saturday, Sept. 14
Butterfly Lovers Concerto
6-Wire, featuring SAU pianist Marian Lee
Allaert Auditorium

Friday, Sept. 27
Casual Classics
$10/general admission; $5/faculty/staff/senior citizens; Free/students
Madsen Hall

Friday, Oct. 18
Casual Classics, feat. Kadisha Onalbayeva, piano
Madsen Hall

Friday, Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m.
Fall Choir Concert: War and Peace
Allaert Auditorium

Sunday, Oct. 27, 3 p.m.
Fall STAMVOJA/Jazz Concert
Rogalski Ballroom

Friday, Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m.
Fall Instrumental Concert: Symphonic Band and String Ensemble
Allaert Auditorium

Saturday, Nov. 2, 4 p.m.
SAU Middle School Honor Band Festival
Allaert Auditorium

Friday, Nov. 8, 5 p.m.
Casual Classics, feat. "Duets for Divas": Diane McVey/Soprano and Gretchen Windt/Mezzo-soprano
$10/general admission; $5/faculty/staff/senior citizens; Free/students
Madsen Hall

Sunday, Nov. 10, 3 p.m.
Student Invitational Recital
Madsen Hall

Thursday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m.
Guest Artist Juan Franco, tenor
Madsen Hall

Sunday, Dec. 8, 3 p.m.
An Ambrosian Christmas
Allaert Auditorium


Spring Performances

Friday, Feb. 7, 5 p.m.
Casual Classics, feat. marimba and bass clarinet duo, "Transient Canvas"
Madsen Hall
$10/general admission; $5/faculty/staff/senior citizens; Free/students

Friday, Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m.
Winter Choir Concert: Women in Song
Allaert Auditorium

Friday, Mar. 20, 7:30 p.m.
Winter Instrumental Concert
Allaert Auditorium

Saturday, Mar. 21, 7:30 p.m.
Winter STAMVOJA/Jazz Concert
Rogalski Center

Friday, Mar. 27, 5 p.m.
Casual Classics, feat. SAU Music Faculty
Madsen Hall
$10/general admission; $5/faculty/staff/senior citizens; Free/students

Friday, April 17, 5 p.m.
Casual Classics, feat. William Campbell, composer and performer
Madsen Hall
$10/general admission; $5/faculty/staff/senior citizens; Free/students

Sunday, April 26, 3 p.m.
Spring Jazz Concert
Rogalski Center

Saturday, May 2, Noon
Saturday at the Bandshell
LeClaire Park Bandshell, Downtown Davenport

Sunday, May 3, 3 p.m.
Spring Choir Concert: Beethoven's 250th Birthday Celebration
Allaert Auditorium

Music Scholarships

Each year, the Music Department awards more than $170,000 to talented musicians (audition required). Click here to learn more

Faculty and Staff

Nathan Windt, DMA, Assoc. Professor

Terri Buesing-Flynn, Administrative Assistant
William Campbell, PhD, Professor
Megan Cooney, Director of Athletic Bands
Nicholas Enz, PhD, Assoc. Professor and Director of Bands
Marian Lee, DMA, Assoc. Professor of Piano

Teaching Artists

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Music Education (BME)

General and Vocal, K-12 and Instrumental

Course are 3 credits unless otherwise noted.

Required:
MUS 099 Concert Attendance (every semester enrolled)
MUS 201 Theory I, 2 credits
MUS 202 Theory II, 2 credits
MUS 207 Aural Skills I, 2 credits
MUS 208 Aural Skills II, 2 credits
MUS 221 Piano Techniques I, 1 credit
MUS 222 Piano Techniques II, 1 credit
MUS 301 Theory III, 2 credits
MUS 302 Theory IV, 2 credits
MUS 307 Aural Skills III, 2 credits
MUS 308 Aural Skills IV, with a grade of C or better
MUS 319 Conducting
MUS 325 Music History and Literature: Antiquity to 1700
MUS 326 Music History and Literature: 1750 to 1890
MUS 327 Music History and Literature III
MUS 407 Form and Analysis
6 semesters of applied major in the same instrument or voice
2 credits of senior recital MUS 403
Participation in a major ensemble (band, choir or orchestra) each semester of enrollment (except the student teaching semester);

In addition for General and Vocal K-12 track:
MUS 236 Vocal Techniques: Pedagogy, 1 credit
MUS 237 Vocal Techniques: Diction, 1 credit
MUS 322 Choral Materials, Methods, and Rehearsal Techniques
EDMUS 244 Music for the Elementary Classroom

In addition for Instrumental track:
MUS 234 Percussion Techniques, 1 credit
MUS 235 Brass Techniques, 1 credit
MUS 238 Woodwind Techniques, 1 credit
MUS 318 Marching Band/Jazz Band Procedurs, 2 credits
MUS 323 Instrumental Materials, Methods, and Rehearsal Techniques
EDMUS 244 Music for the Elementary Classroom, 2 credits

For education courses required for a teaching license, see the Education Department section on elementary or secondary endorsements.

Music Minor

Requirements for a Minor in Music (22 credits)

The Music minor allows students to balance their desire to study and make music at a deeper level while balancing the demands of a different academic major.

Concert Attendance: 4 semesters of MUS 099
Applied Music (private lessons): at least 4 semesters of MUS 203
Ensemble: at least four semesters of MUS 111, 118 or 122
Music Theory I and II: MUS 201, 202 (4 credits)
Aural Skills I and II: MUS 207, 208 (4 credits)
Music History: MUS 325, 326, and 327

Click here to read course descriptions for Music

Plan to Graduate - Vocal

Vocal

This is the recommended 4-year plan of study for students wanting a bachelor's degree in Music Education with a vocal concentration. This plan assumes the student hasn't satisfied the foreign language requirement (three years of foreign language in high school).

Important:

  • History course MUST be American History.
  • MUS Tech courses include MUS 235, 235, 237, 238, 239, and 240
  • BME students must complete a piano proficiency exam.
  • BME students need to be aware of and comply with all deadlines set by the Education Department.

Year One

FallCreditsSpringCredits
MUS 099 Concert Attendance 0 MUS 099 Concert Attendance 0
*MUS 101 Basic Musicianship 3 MUS 201 Theory I 2
MUS 203 applied major 1 MUS 207 Aural Skills I 2
MUS 236 piano tech 1 MUS 203 applied major 1
MUS 111 Chorale 1 MUS 221 Piano Techniques 1
ENGL 101 3 MUS 111 Chorale 1
EDUC 284 3 PHIL/THEO 100-200 3
American History or American Gov't 3 EDUC 205 Field Experience 2
Oral COMM 3 MATH 3
Info Lit 1
Total 18 Total 15

Year Two

FallCreditsSpringCredits
MUS 099 Concert Attendance 0 MUS 099 Concert Attendance 0
MUS 202 Theory II 2 MUS 301 Theory III 2
MUS 208 Aural Skills II 2 MUS 307 Aural Skills III 2
MUS 203 1 MUS 203 Applied major 1
MUS 111 Chorale 1 MUS 111 Chorale 1
MUS 236 1 MUS 325/6/7 Music History 3
MUS 222 1 MUS 237 Vocal Techniques: Diction 1
EDUC 300 3 EDUC 301 3
Foreign Language 101 3 Foreign Language 102 3
PHIL/THEO 100-200 3 KIN 149 1
Total 17 Total 17

Year Three

FallCreditsSpringCredits
MUS 099 Concert Attendance 0 MUS 099 Concert Attendance 0
MUS 303 applied major 2 MUS 303 applied major 2
MUS 111 Chorale 1 MUS 111 Chorale 1
MUS 302 Theory IV 2 PHIL/THEO 3
MUS 308 Aural Skills IV 2 MUS 322 3
EDUC 309 3 MUS 407 Form & Analysis OR Natural Science 3
MUS 319 Conducting 3 MUS 325/6/7 Music History 3
MUS 325/6/7 Music History 3
Total 16 Total 15

Year Four

FallCreditsSpringCredits
MUS 099 Concert Attendance 0 EDUC 432 Student Teaching 15
MUS 324 1
MUS 407** or Natural Science course 3
MUS 111 Chorale 1 Important tasks:
SPED 310*** 3 Attend Student Teaching Seminar
MUS 403 applied major 2 Apply for Teaching Jobs
EDUC 338 1 Take Praxis II Exam
PHIL/THEO 300+ 3
KIN Activity 1-2
Total 15-16 Total 15

*Basic Musicianship is not a requirement for the Music Major, although students may need to take the course to be successful in the Major. The course does count toward one of your humanities courses.
** This course is offered every three semesters. Check with Dr. Campbell to confirm the next offering.
*** Observation hours required for this course as follows: EDUC 205=50; SPED 310=25;

Plan to Graduate - Instrumental

Instrumental

This is the recommended 4-year plan of study for students wanting a bachelor's degree in Music Education with an instrumental concentration. This plan assumes the student hasn't satisfied the foreign language requirement.

Important: BME students need to be aware of and comply with all deadlines set by the Education Department.

Year One

FallCreditsSpringCredits
MUS 099 Concert Attendance 0 MUS 099 Concert Attendance 0
MUS 101 Basic Musicianship* 3 MUS 201 Theory I 2
MUS 203 applied major 1 MUS 207 Aural Skills I 2
American Hist or American Gov't 3 MUS 203 applied major 1
MUS 117 Band or MUS 122 1 MUS 221 Piano Techniques 1
ENGL 101 3 MUS 117 Band or MUS 122 1
EDUC 284 3 MATH 3
Info Lit 1 EDUC 205 Field Experience 2
Oral COMM 3 PHIL/THEO 100-200 3
Apply for Admission to TEP
Total 18 Total 15

IMPORTANT TASKS: 1st semester - Take Praxis Core Academic Skills; Complete background check

Year Two

FallCreditsSpringCredits
MUS 099 Concert Attendance 0 MUS 099 Concert Attendance 0
MUS 202 Theory II 2 MUS 301 Theory III 2
MUS 208 Aural Skills II 2 MUS 307 Aural Skills III 2
MUS 203 Applied major 1 MUS 203 Applied major 1
MUS 117 Band or MUS 122 1 MUS 117 Band or MUS 122 1
MUS 324 1 MUS 325/6/7 Music History 3
MUS 222 1 MUS 238 1
EDUC 300 3 EDUC 301 3
Foreign Language 102 3 Foreign Language 102 3
PHIL/THEO 100-200 3 KIN 149 1
Total 17 Total 17

Year Three

FallCreditsSpringCredits
MUS 099 Concert Attendance 0 MUS 099 Concert Attendance 0
MUS 303 applied major 1 MUS 303 applied major 2
MUS 117 Band; or MUS 122 1 MUS 117 Band; OR MUS 122 1
MUS 302 Theory IV 2 MUS 407 Form & Analysis** 3
MUS 308 Aural Skills IV 2 MUS 325/6/7 Music History 3
EDUC 309 3 MUS 323 3
MUS 319 3 MUS 235 1
MUS 325/6/7 Music History 3 PHIL/THEO 3
MUS 234 Percussion Techniques
Total 17 Total 16

Year Four

FallCreditsSpringCredits
MUS 099 Concert Attendance 0 Student teaching 15
MUS 407** or Natural Science 3
PHIL/THEO 300+ 3
MUS 117 Band; or MUS 122 1 Other important tasks:
SPED 310*** 3 Attend Student Teaching Seminar
KIN Activity 1-2 Apply for teaching jobs
MUS 403 senior recital 2 Take Praxis II Exam
MUS 318 Marching and Jazz Procedures 2
Total 16-17 Total 15


*Basic Musicianship is not required for the Music Major, although students may need to take the course to be successful in the Major. It does count toward one of your humanities courses.

** This course is offered every three semesters. Check with Dr. Campbell to confirm the next offering.
*** Observation hours required for this course as follows: EDUC 205=50; SPED 310=25;


Meet Some of Our Alumni


Our alumni and students are doing some fantastic things, something that has become a hallmark of anyone associated with the Music Department at St. Ambrose University. Learn more about a member of our community:

Nick Vasquez '08, BA in Music
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Peyton Reese

B.A. in Elementary Education,Class of 2023


Peyton plans to be a teacher who guides, supports, and encourages lifelong learning. It's no wonder that she appreciates the way St. Ambrose University approaches its Teacher Education Program: with strong academics and life-changing experiences, we challenge students to reach their greatest potential – and they thrive.

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Nathan Windt, DMA

Music Department
Galvin Fine Arts Center 109
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803
563-333-6146
WindtNathanJ@sau.edu

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