Choral Music Education
The Bachelor of Music degree with a major in choral education provides students with the training necessary to be a successful music educator at all levels of instruction.
Students enjoy a varied and comprehensive curriculum that includes private instruction in voice, an in-depth study of choral conducting and rehearsal techniques, as well as choral methods, materials, and literature. Students also take classes designed to address issues specific to teaching in the elementary school and in the high school music classroom.
Another important component of the choral music education emphasis is the students’ participation in large and small choral ensembles, where they are introduced to a variety of repertoire—including music from the Renaissance to the 21st Century—and also where they start to develop their choral leadership skills by serving as section leaders and/or assistant conductors of these ensembles. The Stanislaus State choirs keep a busy calendar of activities throughout the year that includes not only their regular choral concerts but also frequent collaborations with the Opera Workshop and with the Modesto Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.