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Music Education
  • The Department of Music Education is fully committed to the development of quality teachers. Our approach to teaching choral, instrumental, and general music has always relied on our experienced faculty successfully demonstrating tried and true, as well as current teaching techniques. The over-all curriculum combines the rigor of conservatory training with a solid foundation in educational methodology. The program also includes many early observational opportunities that lead our individual seniors to participate in a student teaching experience during their final year. This 14-week residency program, with additional feedback from faculty and public school teachers, is the culmination of the degree leading to teacher licensure. Capital’s Conservatory of Music has established a reputation across Ohio, and beyond, for the consistent high quality of its graduates, both as musicians and as educators. 

    Music Education majors seeking an international experience can elect to study for a semester at the Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary.


    Music Education students also have the opportunity to:


    • Use the latest technology for teaching and performing 
    • Take 7 semesters of applied study with expert faculty in the  Instrumental, Keyboard or Voice Areas 
    • Participate in superb ensembles both large and small 
    • Work with many of the finest educators across the state 
    • Be involved in the Capital chapter of Ohio Collegiate Music Education Association (OCMEA), an affiliate of the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), The college chapter of American Choral Directors' Association (ACDA) and Capital Collegiate Kodály Educators (CCKE) – an affiliate with the  Organization of the American Kodály Educators. 


    In addition, the Department of Music Education offers two graduate programs:

    Music Education Department Faculty


    • Professor James Swearingen, chair –Intro to Music Education
    • Dr. Jeff Keller – Conducting
    • Professor James Dowdy – High School Field Experience, Elementary/Middle School Field Experience


    • Professor James Swearingen – Pedagogy for Instrumental Music Programs
    • Professor Jeff Keller – Marching Band Jazz Band Methods
    • Professor Tony Zilincik – Instrumentation/Orchestration
    • Professor Nathan Anders - Percussion Methods
    • Dr. Lisa A. Jelle – Woodwind Methods
    • Dr. Jeff Gershman – Instrumental Conducting
    • Professor Sydney Townsend – String Methods
    • Professor Christopher Weait – Woodwind Methods
    • Dr. Gail Lehto Zugger – Woodwind Methods
    • Dr. Thomas Zugger – Brass Methods


    • Professor Tracy Herrmann – Student Teaching Observation, Pedagogy for Early and Middle Childhood Vocal Music Programs, Middle School General Music
    • Dr. Lynda Hasseler – Choral Conducting
    • Professor Jeanne Wohlgamoth – Choral Methods
    • Professor James Dowdy – Survey of Instrumental Teaching Methods
    • Professor Sue Dowdy – Student Teaching Observation
    • Professor Craig Courtney – Choral Arranging
    • Professor Sharon Stohrer – Vocal Pedagogy