About the Music Department

The Wartburg Music Department offers numerous major/degree options:

  • The Bachelor of Music Education degree meets the requirements of the Iowa Department of Education for K-12 music certification. This entitles students to teach in the elementary general music classroom, or teach in a band, choir or orchestral setting at the middle school or high school level.
  • The Bachelor of Music Education/Music Therapy dual degree is offered for those who wish to qualify for K-12 licensure through the state department of education and as a Board-Certified Music Therapists through the Certification Board for Music Therapy. Coursework meets the requirements of the Iowa Department of Education for K-12 music licensure to include a semester of student teaching in fulfillment of the education license. Those in the dual degree program then also complete a six month music therapy internship as a requirement established by the American Music Therapy Association prior to sitting for the board certification exam.
  • The Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy degree is offered for those who wish to complete the coursework aligned with the requirements set by the American Music Therapy Association to qualify for becoming a Board-Certified Music Therapist. A six month internship post coursework is required before sitting for the board certification exam.
  • The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree provides you with a variety of career options in the music field. You may choose the general music major, which allows you to combine a music major with another major or minor field. Or you may choose the Church Music track, which combines course work in music and religion to prepare you for leading music programs in churches or for further study in graduate school.
  • The Bachelor of Music in Performance degree prepares you for further study leading to professional performance, studio teaching, or work in church music.
  • music minor will give you the opportunity to satisfy and enhance a vocational interest in music and combine music with majors in other academic areas. For education majors, a music minor offers students the opportunity to earn an elementary or secondary music teaching endorsement from the Iowa Department of Education.

    What is unique about the music programs at Wartburg?

    • Wartburg offers four-year majors/degrees -- B.M.E. (Music Education), B.M.E./M.T. (Music Education and Music Therapy) and B.M. M.T. (Music Therapy). This means one year less tuition and one more year of salary when compared with a state university.
    • The college offers the only B.A. in church music in Iowa.
    • Wartburg is the only private college in Iowa with a music therapy degree.
    • The music department boasts a 100 percent job/graduate school placement rate for ALL graduates.
    • Wartburg is one of only three colleges in Iowa to be certified by NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education).
    • The college is the only Iowa school that offers ethnomusicology as an active part of the music curriculum.
    • Music education students start field experience in their first year.


    The Wartburg College Music Department seeks to help students develop technical and interpretive skills as well as acquire an appreciation for music’s intrinsic qualities in life and history.


  • To  offer students the opportunity to pursue a BM (Performance or Music Therapy), BME (K-12 or Music Therapy), or BA (General or Church Music) degree in music within a larger liberal arts context through a broad curriculum
  • To offer quality music instruction through courses, applied lessons (class and private), ensembles, and practica
  • To foster an appreciation for music in student, community, and global audiences
  • To encourage musical participation among all academic disciplines
  • To inspire an understanding that music is a transcendent human expression, both aesthetic and spiritual
  • Objectives

  • gain an understanding of the elements of music, including a competency level  in music theory and aural skills
  • gain an understanding of musical styles and periods, and understand music within a larger cultural context
  • develop performance skills through applied lessons and solo recitals
  • participate in an ensemble experience at a high level
  • develop the ability to write and speak as advocates for their art
  • develop an appreciation for the value of music in education and society

  • 2014-15 Student Handbook

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