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Music Education
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MUSIC EDUCATION prepares you to teach foundational and advanced concepts of music in a variety of settings.
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“There’s something different about MNU teachers,” is something we hear a lot about our graduates. We think it’s equal parts preparation and quality students! Blending the understanding of instrumental and vocal technique, conducting, methods of education and practicum experiences, our program fosters the development of knowledge and skills needed to teach music in a school, church, community and other environments.

Combine that with our state-of-the-art performing arts facilities in the Bell Cultural Events Center and you'll get an exceptional education at MNU.


Our students have access to the best teacher mentors in the field. Through our Clinical Mentoring Team (CMT)—a teaching excellence team—we provide cooperating teachers who have both amazing classroom expertise and coaching abilities. With our convenient location close to multiple school districts, including some of the highest performing music programs in the Kansas/Missouri area, you’ll have many opportunities to connect, observe, and participate in practicums in these settings.

While you’re here, you can join the Educators Rising organization, for great networking opportunities as well as training and preparation for the job search. Based on your academic achievements, you can also participate in our chapters of the Gamma Chi and Pi Lambda Theta honor societies.

  • We are accredited by NASM and CAEP
  • There is a separate application and admission process
  • Recent graduates scored a 93% pass rate for their content areas of the PRAXIS exam
  • You will be certified in both vocal and instrumental and P-12
  • You have the opportunity to audition for music scholarships.


As a graduate, you will complete all requirements to be certified in Kansas to teach P-12 Instrumental and Vocal Music. Our faculty will also help you find out how to become certified in other states, and many are similar to Kansas requirements.

Music majors will be provided a new iPad to increase their learning experience.

Potential Careers
  • School Teacher (K-12)
  • Church Music Director
  • Band Director
  • Choir Director
  • Children’s Ministry
  • Private Instructor
Sample Schedule
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Band Director
Choir Director
Children's Ministry
Private Instructor

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Developed specifically for Traditional Undergraduate Students, MNU launched a new schedule in 2020. Semester-long courses are now held on Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday for 75 minutes each.

Business Administration continues to be a highly sought out degree by students and employers alike. It provides an excellent and thorough foundation in skills necessary for success in today’s business world. These degrees will also prepare students for graduate study in management, law or other business specialties.
Yorton Clark
Dean, School of Professional and Graduate Studies Chair, Professional and Graduate Studies in Business Professor
I get excited teaching and experiencing the music together with the ensemble. There is nothing better than helping the ensemble ‘realize’ the music as we work through the creative process.
Director of Bands and Music Education

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As an MNU student, you’ll encounter not only academic growth and career preparation but you’ll also transform through spiritual growth and time spent in service and mission. We think that’s a
recipe for success in today’s global world.