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Bob Cole Conservatory of Music

New For Fall 2017

In addition to our traditional Music Education program, we are recruiting for Fall 2017 a select group of musicians with unique performance skills who desire to become music teachers. Graduates of this cohort will be prepared to teach traditional (band, orchestra, choir) and alternative ensembles (e.g., popular music, mariachi, technology, etc.).

Students with unique qualifications who are interested in our new, specialized cohort should contact Dr. Zanutto regarding special audition requirements on non-traditional instruments. All University admission requirements, deadlines, and other Bob Cole Conservatory audition requirements must be met.

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Music Education

Choosing to study music education at the Bob Cole Conservatory will prepare you for an exciting career teaching music. Our experienced music education faculty has extensive K-12 teaching experience, and will be able to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully teach music and build your own comprehensive music program. Earning a BM in Music Education from the Bob Cole Conservatory will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to be a successful teacher.

"As a music supervisor, I have had the privilege of working with graduates of the CSU, Long Beach music education program. Such individuals exemplify a strong understanding of the philosophical foundations of American music education, as well as the practical knowledge necessary to successfully join the profession. High program standards and an outstanding faculty and staff provide students with all the tools necessary begin careers in the music education field."—Michael D. Stone, Past President—California Music Educators Association / Coordinator—Visual and Performing Arts Department, Bakersfield City School District

You will find supportive academic and performance faculty at the Cole Conservatory, along with numerous performance opportunities and strong school alliances throughout LA and Orange County to support you throughout your degree path. Our faculty is committed to your success, and we provide numerous teaching opportunities with traditional and emerging ensembles, while embracing innovative strategies in performance and technology that foster the creative needs of our students.

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Bachelor of Music—Music Education, Option in Instrumental Music and Bachelor of Music—Music Education, Option in Choral-Vocal Music

The Subject Matter Program in Music is designed to provide students with a foundation in music (theory, history, literature, performance, applied music, conducting, and music education including the academic and creative aspects of music learning and performance), while also providing the training and experiences necessary for a successful teaching career in the ethnically and culturally diverse California public schools. Prospective teachers in the program are exposed to a variety of teaching styles, including cooperative learning, project-based instruction, and expository, activity-based, and interactive teaching styles. The music faculty believes that a skilled teacher provides engaging, meaningful, and intellectually challenging learning opportunities for all students by drawing on a strong foundation in music and the liberal arts for a broad understanding of the historical, aesthetic, spiritual, and political condition; a deep knowledge of subject-specific content, a range of pedagogical strategies to utilize appropriate teaching contexts; and a sensitive understanding of students from different backgrounds with diverse social, emotional, and intellectual needs.

Upon completion of their degree (a four-year program), music education majors receive a Bachelor of Music in Music Education (pre-certification), and may choose to apply to the Credential Program through the College of Education. During this fifth-year of study, students complete a series of courses and a directed teaching (student teaching) experience, leading to the California Single Subject Teaching Credential in Music.

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Guest Artist Lecture

Judy Lewis, Ed.D., USC Thornton School of Music
Popular Music in the Elementary School Class

  • Tuesday, November 14 , 2017
  • 7:00PM
  • UMC-C205
  • Tickets FREE
  • Bob Cole Conservatory of Music
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • 1250 N. Bellflower Blvd.
  • Long Beach, CA 90840-7101
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