Secondary Teaching

  • Student violinist reading sheet music
  • Walter Saul reading sheet music for Sound of Music 2014

Music has the ability to enhance virtually any aspect of life, including our ability to learn. Thus, music teachers not only offer musical instruction, they offer skills useful in studying other subjects. The secondary teaching emphasis offers you the tools necessary to train future musicians.


  • This emphasis offers a comprehensive study of skills in band and orchestral instruments: brass, strings, woodwinds and percussion.
  • Additional courses focus on electronic music, conducting, vocal pedagogy and music education.

Career opportunities

The secondary teaching emphasis is intended specifically for students who plan to teach in a music program in grades K-12.

Course listing

Note: Emphasis courses are additional courses that are to be completed alongside the general education and parent program requirements as dictated by the Fresno Pacific University catalog. Please review the course requirements for baccalaureate programs and the general education summary in the Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

Required Courses (22-26 Units)

MUS 340Brass Techniques2
MUS 341String Techniques2
MUS 342Woodwind Techniques2
MUS 343Percussion Techniques2
MUS 411Scoring and Arranging3
MUS 412Studies in Music Education3
MUS 450Conducting I3
MUS 451Conducting II3
MUS 460Vocal Pedagogy2

Two semesters of MUS 115 - Vocal Performance Workshop is required for music education students whose primary instrument is voice.

Teacher Education Program Information

Students who are interested in applying for admission to the Teacher Education Program should consult with their academic advisors and/or contact the Regional Enrollment Office prior to (2 or more semesters before) completion of their degrees.

Admissions Requirements:

Applicants to the Teacher Education Program are required to complete the following in order to be considered for admission.

  • Online application
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • A written request to waive the GPA requirement can be submitted for Program Director consideration.
  • Three letters of reference
  • Personal statement documenting experience working with youth LA 385 - Critical Approaches to Teaching is recommended to students, as it provides school-based experiences with youth that meet this requirement.
  • Verifications of negative TB test and Certificate of Clearance.
Testing Requirements

Students are strongly encouraged to complete the required tests prior to admission to the credential program. Students must meet established testing requirements to progress into the student teaching or internship phase of the Teacher Education Program.

  • Passing results on CBEST
  • Passing results on CSET for area of credential
Required Co-requisite Courses

Students are strongly encouraged to complete the required co-requisite courses as part of their undergraduate programs. If not completed prior to admission to the Teacher Education Program, the equivalent graduate-level courses can be added to a student’s academic plan for the credential program.

LANG 340Introduction to Linguistics3
PSY 355Adolescent Development3
PS 120
or HIST 150
American Politics and Society
or American Civilization

Program director

Erik Leung
Erik Leung, D.M.A

Assistant Professor of Music


Bethany Alvey
Bethany Alvey, D.M.A.

Assistant Professor of Music

Walter Saul
Walter Saul, D.M.A.

Professor of Music