Prepare to Teach Music
The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for public schools endorses the Bachelor of Music in Music Education (Pre-Teacher Certification) for students wishing to pursue a career in K-12 music education. This degree program trains future music teachers in all areas including choral, instrumental, and general music, offering preparation in the necessary skills, knowledge, and appropriate methodologies for success at all levels of music education within California.
The music education major provides students with further opportunities to hone their skills by volunteering with local schools and arts organizations such as the Azusa Conservatory of Music. In addition, one-on-one faculty interaction provides guidance for students as they graduate and move on to credential and master’s degree programs.
School of Music Accreditation
A degree from Azusa Pacific University is respected and recognized internationally, and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The university is regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).
Azusa Pacific University secured a place in the most prestigious category of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2019 rankings, and also ranked No. 22 for First-Year Experience, No. 23 in Service Learning, and No. 31 in Campus Ethnic Diversity. In addition, Forbes and The Princeton Review included Azusa Pacific in their America’s Top Colleges 2019 and 2020 Best Western Colleges rankings, respectively. Azusa Pacific is also a military-friendly Yellow Ribbon University, serving more than 500 military-connected students and families, and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as an R2 Doctoral Research University.
Note: This information is current for the 2020-21 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.