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Music Education

WANT TO SHARE YOUR PASSION FOR MUSIC? TEACH! AT ONU, YOU CAN DEVELOP YOUR MUSICAL TALENT WHILE LEARNING HOW TO NURTURE THE MUSICAL TALENT IN OTHERS.
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SHARE YOUR PASSION

Our music education program will train you for an outstanding career as a musician and educator. You’ll perform often and build technical proficiency with studio work. Plus, you’ll be taught and mentored by professional musicians. In addition to your music studies, you’ll take education courses and spend time observing and teaching in local music classrooms. You’ll learn about child and adolescent development, exceptional learners, technology, curriculum, classroom strategies, methods of teaching and more. You’ll graduate ready to be licensed to teach instrumental, vocal and/or general music, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, in Ohio.

Our small setting adds up to big opportunity. Here, you’re not just another talented student trying to stand out from hundreds of others; you’re a valued member of a family. When you first arrive on campus, we’ll assign you a faculty mentor who will guide you until you graduate. You’ll get to know our amazing, dedicated music professors – all distinguished performers who hold degrees from leading musical institutions. They will become personally invested in your success and open doors for you.

Performance opportunities abound. We offer four choral ensembles, five bands, a full symphony orchestra, chamber music groups, a pit orchestra and more. Many of these groups travel nationally and internationally to places like New York City, China, Germany, Rome and New Zealand. And you can’t beat our facilities. The Freed Center for the Performing Arts, our Wintzer Music Technology Lab, and our beautiful Snyder Recital Hall  – all top notch.

It takes a special blend of talent, passion and skill to teach music. Rest assured; we’ll help you build a career doing what you love – making and teaching music!
 

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Curriculum

Major
Minor
Preprofessional Program
Concentration
Pathway

OPPORTUNITY ABOUNDS

MASTERS IN THE HOUSE

At the ONU Music Department, we bring the music industry to you! Some of the most current and famous composers for band, orchestra, and choir frequent Presser Hall, such as John Mackey, James Barnes, Robert Sheldon, Julie Giroux, and Joseph Martin, to just name a few. On campus, our students have heard the Kremlin Chamber Orchestra, Chanticleer, Gaudete Brass Quintet, Take 6, and Rockapella, as well as famous jazz artists like Ellis Marsalis, Allen Vizzutti, and Arturo Sandoval.  Every year, musical guests such as world-famous artists, composers, and ensembles work with our students in master class settings. This is your chance to get one-on-one time with some of the greatest musical artists in the world…now THAT’S an education!

STUDY ACROSS THE POND

What’s it like to live and study in England? You could find out! ONU has an exchange program with the University of Salford, a sprawling college campus with about 20,000 students in England’s second-largest city, Manchester. Music majors could spend a semester at Salford learning about recording technology, composing and arranging in contemporary style, and more. Salford musicians also travel to ONU, bringing unique opportunities for collaboration and cross-cultural experiences.



Maggie Bittner BM '17

THINK SUCCESS

MAGGIE BITTNER BM ’17

Ohio Northern gave me an education unlike anywhere else. Conducting two of onu’s large group ensembles gave me the confidence that I wouldn't have gotten anywere else. But the best part about ONU is the relationship-building. My professors knew my strengths, my weaknesses, my likes and dislikes, and, most importantly, they were invested in my success. even now, my professors and colleagues check in on me regularly and want to see me succeed.

Maggie Bittner Schwerer surrounds herself in music – playing it, teaching it, conducting it. As a student at Ohio Northern, she performed trombone with the Marching Band, Wind Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Brass Ensemble and Jazz Band. She was the assistant student conductor for both Symphony Orchestra and Wind Orchestra. She was a member of Tau Beta Sigma, Delta Omicron and the Ohio Collegiate Music Education Association. She even worked as the instrumental music librarian for Wind Orchestra and Jazz Band. Today, she’s the director of bands at Anna Local Schools in Anna, Ohio. She directs the marching band; high school concert band; sixth-, seventh-and eighth-grade bands; pit orchestra; pep band; and jazz band. She also teaches second-and fifth-grade general music.

OUTCOMES AND COURSES

SOLID OUTCOMES

  • We are fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
  • Creative Colleges: A Guide for Students, Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers ranks ONU a top 200 program for creative students.
  • Over the past five years, 90 to 100 percent of our music majors landed full-time jobs or were enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.

COURSES

We offer individual piano lessons to every student – both majors and non-majors – so you won’t be just a number in a large group class. We also offer a wide variety of courses, including Jazz History and Literature, African Music, and American Music, any number of private lessons you might want to take on any instrument, and an exceptionally large variety of ensembles, including 17 performing groups and individualized chamber music courses. Finally, our faculty can tailor independent study courses to meet your unique needs. 

WHERE COULD YOU END UP?

POSSIBLE JOBS

  • Public or private school music teacher 
  • Music professor 
  • Church music minister 
  • Owner of private music studio
  • Freelance artist

ALUMNI SUCCESS

Check out where some of our recent music graduates have ended up: European Opera Companies; St. Louis Bach Society; South Dakota Symphony Orchestra; Graduate programs at Florida State, Colorado University, University of Illinois; California Institute for the Arts; Public educators in Ohio, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Michigan and Wisconsin; Music professors at Capital Conservatory of Music, Lindenwood University in Missouri, and Bowling Green State University. 

Department of Music

Patty Warner

419-772-2150
p-warner@onu.edu
Presser 202
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday:
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday:
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday:
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday:
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday:
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday:
Closed
Sunday:
Closed