2010
New program prepares music educators, positive role models

New program prepares music educators, positive role models
February 17, 2010

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Teaching music is one of the most satisfying careers in education, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Music teachers connect to their students, their community and the broader community of musicians and teachers. More music teachers stay in their field than teachers in almost any other area. Nevertheless, the demand for music teachers is expected to remain strong over the next several years as more and more teachers reach retirement age. Preparing music teachers to help fill that void is the goal of the new Bachelor of Arts in Music Education program at Benedictine University. “Although we define music education broadly, including traditional public and private school music, private instruction and other aspects of music education, our program leads to the attainment of a Type 10 (K-12) Illinois Teaching Certificate,” said Luis Loubriel, D.M.A., chair of the Department of Music at Benedictine University. “The music department’s goal is to prepare outstanding music educators who will be positive role models and who will serve in leadership positions in the music education field,” Loubriel added. Bachelor of Arts in Music Education students at Benedictine University study both instrumental and choral teaching. This is important because music teachers are more hirable when they are able to teach singing techniques, at least one instrument and conduct a full band, choir or orchestra. All students participate in the Department of Music’s ensembles, and develop their teaching skills through involvement in master classes, methods courses, field experiences, student teaching and research projects. In addition to teaching, the program also prepares students for careers in school administration and arts advocacy. Benedictine music students also benefit from the experience of some of the Chicago area’s leading musicians who have performed with such groups as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera, the Chicago Opera Theater, the DuPage Symphony, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra and the Canadian Brass Quintet. Benedictine music faculty members are active in research and publication regarding music education and performance, publishing in international peer-reviewed journals and lecturing and presenting at the International Band and Orchestra Midwest Clinic, the Music Teachers National Association and at Carnegie Mellon University. Faculty members have also recorded with the Centaur, Origin, Blue Note and the Verve/Polygram record labels. For more information about the Bachelor of Arts in Music Education program at Benedictine University, contact the Enrollment Center at (630) 829-6300 or e-mail admissions@ben.edu.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.