Checking In with K-12 Contemporary Teaching Practice

“One of the main ideas at the center of this vision is that the students begin to recognize that the music classrooms the students are going to step into look differently than they did 10 years ago,” says Judy Lewis, director of the K-12 Contemporary Teaching Practice program.

And they do.

Today’s music educators face exciting and challenging times as students become more diverse, embrace a wider variety of musical styles, and engage with music in their own sophisticated ways. The K-12 Contemporary Teaching Practice Master’s degree offers a new vision of music education in step with this dynamic new landscape.

What makes the program so unique? The training equips educators with the tools they need to engage students on their own diverse musical pathways that are personally relevant and culturally meaningful to them.


“Thinking outside the box and constantly finding different ways to teach and learn has been a really great experience throughout the program so far” says Josh Kim, a current student in the program.

These educators do it all, from learning how to instruct a string ensemble in the morning, a rock band class in the afternoon and lead a songwriting class using digital technology in the evening.

Ryan Williams, a current student in the program, sums up the mission of the degree perfectly. “The idea that music is only for the trained musician is really archaic and exclusive,” he says “and I don’t see music as exclusive at all.”

Click here to learn more about our new Master’s Degree program in K-12 Contemporary Teaching Practice.