MUSIC EDUCATION prepares you to teach foundational and advanced concepts of music in a variety of settings.

About the Program

“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.

Top-notch Facilities

The Bell Cultural Events Center is the home to Fine & Performing Arts at MNU. This 40,000 square foot building is a state-of-the-art performance and classroom facility.

Heritage Choir
Mabee Performing Arts Hall: With seating for 540, the hall is used for musical concerts, theatrical performances, and worship experiences.
Jones Instrumental Hall: This large rehearsal room is used for Jazz Band and Concert Band practice and other instrumental classes.
Heritage Choir
Mabee Performing Arts Hall: With seating for 540, the hall is used for musical concerts, theatrical performances and other arts events
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Your future


Touching many areas of the arts, you could become a:

  • School Teacher (K-12)
  • Church Music Director
  • Band Director
  • Choir Director
  • Children’s Ministry
  • Private Instructor

Employers & Internships

Some of our recent Music Education grads have landed jobs at:

  • Middle School Band Director, Olathe School District
  • Graduate Student in Performance and Pedagogy, Wichita State University
  • Beginning and Middle School Band Director, Private School
  • Elementary General Music Teacher, Gardner-Edgerton School District
  • Middle School Band and Choir Director, Kansas City, KS School District

Related Majors

Other majors you may also be interested in learning more about:

Our People are the Difference

Our Fine & Performing Arts faculty are expert performers and teachers. In addition to leading our vocal and instrumental ensembles and giving private lessons, they lead tours and are actively involved in the local arts.  

You Can Succeed Here

Pioneer alumni are working in industries and cities around the world. During their time at MNU, they developed the skills and knowledge to succeed. Transformed by Christ to serve others – that’s real success.