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    Liffrig Family School of Education and Behavioral Sciences, School of Arts & Sciences

Combine rigorous musical training with professional teaching preparation. Experience a wide range of classroom levels and music education areas.

What You’ll Learn

You’ll develop as an instrumental and/or vocal performer as you learn best practices in conducting, curriculum development, music methods, and classroom management. You’ll experience classroom, choral, and instrumental music teaching at all levels – giving you a strong foundation as an educator and expanding your career options.

Gain hands-on teaching experience.

You’ll have opportunities to teach music through our practicum experiences, conducting, and music methods classes in addition to student teaching at elementary and secondary levels.

Take your act on the road.

Tour regionally, nationally, and internationally with campus ensembles.

Prepare for licensure.

The program prepares students for licensure in K-12 music, including elementary/classroom music and middle and secondary school vocal and instrumental music.

Course Requirements

Please visit our catalog for a list of all courses and credits.


  • North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board

    All the University of Mary education programs are fully accredited by the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board and all CAEP national standards are fully met.

  • National Association of Schools of Music

    The Music Education program at the University of Mary is also accredited by NASM (National Association of Schools of Music).

Professor and Chair of Music Dr. Tom Porter and students share what it’s like to study music at Mary. 

Careers & Outcomes

Employment Trends

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects steady demand for elementary and secondary school teachers through 2029. Employment opportunities for qualified teachers will increase as elementary school enrollment increases.

Career Paths

  • Elementary school music teacher
  • Secondary school music teacher
  • School or community band director
  • School, community, or church choir director
  • Private music teacher
  • School or community orchestra director

I’ve always felt that I could make the biggest positive impact with my life by teaching music.

Stephanie Otremba, ’21

Featured Faculty

Dennis Gowen, MM

Director of Bands and High Brass, Director of Music Education Program

I'm a native of Maine, with Conducting, Education, and Performance degrees from Southern Maine and Western Michigan. My wife Rhonda (Piano Instructor at Mary and privately) and I have three wonderful children "Robin, Evan and Jane. We're fond of enjoying the great outdoors (hiking, photography, etc.) throughout numerous states out West and in the North Central region, as well as in the New England states. Professionally, I've enjoyed performing as Principal Trumpet for the MVCO and BMSO, as well as serving as Conductor for these and many other ensembles. Outside of my profession, I enjoy hiking & photography,

Dan Hinman, DMA

Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Low Brass and Pep Band

At Mary I teach Low Brass, direct the "Blue Crew" Pep Band, coach brass chamber music, and teach other academic music courses. As a performer, I am currently the principal trombonist of the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra and play bass trombone with the BisMan Little Big Band. I also maintain an active performance schedule in the community, throughout the region, and nationally. When I am not playing trombone or teaching, I enjoy watching my favorite soccer teams, spending time outdoors, and spending time with my family.

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