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Education: Vocal Music (K-12)

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Education: Vocal Music (K-12) at a glance

North Central’s Education: Vocal Music (K-12) major will prepare you with the applicable knowledge and hands-on experience you need to be a successful, effective, inspirational elementary, middle, and high school music teacher. You’ll gain expertise in the subject matter through courses in curriculum development, classroom management, vocal music, teaching methods for a variety of instruments, and music theory. Plus, you’ll have an intensive student teaching experience where you’ll practice the relevant skills you need to teach in the 21st century.

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North Central prepares a student with real-world teaching opportunities.
Real-world teaching opportunities

Through clinical and field opportunities, you’ll get tons of classroom experience.

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Gain real-world experience through clinicals

We want you to be fully prepared to succeed in the classroom when you graduate, so we start getting you hands-on, real-world experience early in the program. Through clinical and field experiences in diverse settings, you’ll learn the skills of classroom management, lesson planning, and creating meaningful learning experiences. These experiences will prepare you to excel in your career as an elementary, middle, and high school educator and equip you to be an inspirational teacher for your students.

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Mentored student teaching

Receive helpful coaching from North Central professors during student teaching.

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Apply your skills and knowledge

During your senior year you’ll complete a fully immersive student teaching experience. While student teaching, you’ll spend 16 weeks working full-time in a local school system where you’ll practice lesson planning, classroom management, student assessment and evaluation, and everything else that goes into the teaching profession.

We partner with school systems in our area to provide student teaching opportunities, and you’ll be supervised by both seasoned classroom teachers and your college professors throughout the experience. Your classroom teacher and your North Central professors will mentor and coach you, offering valuable feedback to help you reflect on your experience and improve as a teacher.

The North Central Concert Chorale.
Ensembles and music lessons

Develop your vocal talents through music lessons and group ensembles.

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Perfect your craft

As a student in the Education: Vocal Music (K-12) program, you’ll take voice lessons and participate in at least one ensemble every semester, except for the semester you spend student teaching. This immersion in music and training in your craft will help you become a skilled musician with the depth of knowledge you need to teach others. You’ll also take piano lessons every semester until you gain the piano proficiency that’s essential to teaching in elementary, middle, and high schools.

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  • Knowledge and skills you’ll gain

    When you graduate from the Education: Vocal Music (K-12) program, you’ll be prepared to:

    • Create meaningful and memorable learning experiences
    • Support various learning styles
    • Use a variety of instructional strategies to encourage the development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills
    • Use individual and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement, and self-motivation
    • Leverage technology to enhance interaction and engagement
    • Plan effective curriculum
    • Assess and evaluate student progress
    • Demonstrate the servant-leadership model of concern and service towards others
    • Continue growing and finding new ways to be a better teacher as a lifelong learner
    • Integrate your faith and your career as an educator
    • Teach vocal music
    • Teach a variety of instruments, including brass, woodwinds, percussion, and strings
    • Conduct for choirs, orchestras, bands, and ensembles
  • Licensure

    When you graduate from our program, you’ll be ready to take the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations and apply to become a licensed teacher in Minnesota. To learn more about the licensing process, visit the Minnesota Department of Education website.

  • School of Education

    North Central’s School of Education is committed to producing teachers who are academically prepared for excellent teaching and who utilize the best pedagogical practices, model Christ-like character, and devote themselves to lifelong learning.

    The programs offered by the School of Education are amongst the largest at North Central, meaning you’ll go through your program with a significant network of peers to support you, encourage you, and collaborate with. Plus, our professors are committed to being your mentors and guides as you pursue your career goals and prepare to make a difference in the lives of students.

    Learn more about the School of Education, as well as our processes and policies, in our School of Education Handbook (pdf).

The Chorale performs.
Middle School Choir Director, Eden Prairie School District

Megan Johnson '15
Minneapolis, MN

"I loved that my classes were small enough that I was able to get to know my professor, and they got to know me as well. It made the classes more personal, and I wanted to do better because of it. I also loved that most classes started with prayer. That's not something you find everywhere and it was a huge blessing."


All students must complete the General Education Core and Christian Studies Core. General electives may be added or an optional minor may be selected. You need 124 total credit hours to complete the Education: Vocal Music (K-12) degree.

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Meet the director

Faculty Connie Gayle


Miller Hall – 2nd floor across from the Computer Lab

Connie Gayle

Director of the School of Education

I live in Lakeville, MN with my husband and 4 children. I graduated from North Central University with an Elementary Education degree and went on for my M.A. in Education at the College of St. Catherine. I am currently completing my final capstone phase of my doctoral degree in Reading and Literacy Leadership at Capella University. In my spare time I enjoy restoring furniture and being creative in starting new ideas and businesses.


My area of expertise is in Elementary Education (K-6) with a focus in Reading and Literacy. I have taught every grade level in elementary school and also have worked for Minneapolis Public Schools as a reading specialist. I not only have expertise in the classroom, but also at the administration level. I have founded and operated both a daycare and a charter school in the Twin Cities.


My favorite thing about teaching at North Central is the students. I enjoy getting to know them and sharing my passion for teaching with them. I love that teaching at North Central is more than content; it’s an investment into their life as whole and the future they are pursuing.


My favorite classes to teach are the reading classes and classroom management. I have a passion for reading and inspiring teachers to help all children read better. I want to be able to give them the tools to be able to do this. I also have a passion for classroom management. Just like I believe that all of the students who come into my college classroom will do great things, I want them to believe the same about their future students and provide a place that is encouraging and safe.