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Question #46134 posted on 07/09/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I'm a BYU-Idaho student (freshman this coming fall). I figured out (with the help of the board) that I can't double major in music and elementary ed . I'm a music major, but I want to be able to teach in elementary schools when I graduate.

But, I also want to teach piano in my home, so I want to keep my major, because I also have a scholarship for that major.

Is there any way I can do some program at school where I can major in music, but get the training and certification I need to teach in schools?
- Yellow Scarlett

A: Dear Yellow Scarlett,

BYU(-Provo) offers a major in Elementary Music Education which is almost exactly what you describe. (It's also one of the most credit-intensive majors out there at 125 credits.)

The most similar major I could find at BYU-I was a Bachelor of Music in Music Education (orchestra, band, or choral emphasis). This program includes student teaching hours and an education certification. (You can find more details by downloading the 2006-07 music catalog here.) What I don't know is if this program includes certification for teaching elementary school or just teaching secondary school.

My suggestion is to make an appointment with an academic counselor after you arrive at BYU-I to talk to someone about your plans and whether or not this degree will work for it or what extra work you'll need to do to make it work.

Good luck!

- Katya