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Music Education



Ripon College’s Music Education major gives students the musical and pedagogical skills they need to be an effective music teacher upon graduation. In all of our classes, we focus on practical, real-world skills that will transfer directly to the student’s first classroom. The Music and Educational Studies departments work together to ensure students have outstanding clinical and student teaching placements and complete their degrees in four years (if they start the program their first semester). The faculty also works closely with students after graduation to help them find a job.

Music Education is one of the Department of Music’s main focuses, which means that the faculty understands the students’ career goals and how to get them there. All of the full-time music faculty have public school teaching experience and enjoy close relationships with music teachers in local school districts. Because teaching is paramount among all Ripon College faculty, students get to work with master teachers across campus. What better way to learn to teach than to watch it every day in classes?

Program Spotlight


Cayla Rosche
John Hughes

John Hughes

Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities

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Kurt Dietrich

Kurt Dietrich

Professor of Music, Barbara Baldwin De Frees Chair in the Performing Arts, Chair of the Music Department

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Sarah Mahler Kraaz

Sarah Mahler Kraaz

Professor of Music, College Organist

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72-81 credits in music, including the following:

  • MUS 010 (5 semesters): Recital Attendance (0 credits)
  • MUS 111: Foundations in Music (4 credits)
  • MUS 112: World Music (3 credits)
  • MUS 121: Music Theory I (4 credits)
  • MUS 221: Music Theory II (4 credits)
  • MUS 330: Music History 1400–1750 (4 credits)
  • MUS 331: Music History 1750–1900 (4 credits)
  • MUS 332: Music History 1900–present (4 credits)
  • Three of the following courses: MUS 260:01, MUS 206:02, MUS
    260:03, MUS 260:04, MUS 260:05, MUS 260:06, or MUS 265. (8 credits)
  • MUS 270: Introduction to Music Education (4 credits)
  • MUS 280: Music Technology (2 credits)
  • MUS 302: Elementary School Music Methods (4 credits)
  • MUS 306: Middle and High School Music Methods (4 credits)
  • MUS 334: Conducting I (2 credits)
  • MUS 335: Conducting II (2 credits)
  • 6 semesters of lessons: MUS 100, 140, 240, 150, or 250.
    Cannot include piano lessons or lessons at the 050 level. (6 credits)
  • 4 semesters of MUS 102 or piano lessons– MUS 150:09, or
    250:09. (4 credits)
  • 6 semesters of ensembles– MUS 190 (6 credits)
  • MUS 500 or EDU 421. Music Education Majors wishing to receive certification must complete EDU 421 as their capstone. Those who are not going to be licensed or have not taken the required EDU coursework will have to choose either recital or project option. (2-12 credits)

Note: you cannot double major in both Music and Music Education.


Ripon College faculty and professional staff are dedicated to helping you reach your goals, whatever they may be and however often they may change along the way. It’s part of our value statement to you.

As a student at Ripon, you will be assigned a faculty advisor based on your area(s) of interest. You will meet with your faculty advisor throughout your time as a student to discuss your current aspirations, plan your course schedule and plot a future trajectory. Staff in the Office of Constituent Engagement and Career Services help to match your interests to concrete goals and construct a plan for success, offering support through three stages of career development – planning, exploration and search. Student Support Services provides tutoring and additional academic and skill development, as well as tools to help with note-taking, exam preparation, goal-setting and time management. Mentors in the Collaborative Learning Center provide in-depth, one-on-one or group mentoring for students about class projects and college-level writing, and can share problem-solving strategies to overcome academic obstacles.

Advising at Ripon.

Off-Campus Study

Whether you choose a program that is international or domestic, it is an experience bound to change your view of the world. Click to learn more about Off-Campus Study and Liberal Arts In Focus at Ripon College.

Financial aid continues for students who choose to participate in an approved study-abroad program, minimizing additional expenses.


Choral Union

Choral UnionRipon College’s Choral Union is open to students, faculty, staff, and community members and presents at least one concert per semester. Through the ensemble’s repertoire, singers are exposed to a variety of musical styles, time periods, languages, instrumental collaborations, and high-quality texts. Additionally, Choral Union frequently performs with other ensembles. Recent collaborations not only include the college’s orchestra and Chamber Singers, but also the Green Bay Civic Symphony. Highlights of the 2014–15 season include Brahms’s Schicksalslied, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, and Thompson’s Frostiana. Please contact Dr. John C. Hughes, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities, for more information ([email protected]; 920.748.8788).

Chamber Singers

Chamber SingersChamber Singers is Ripon College’s premier choral ensemble and is open to students of all majors through a rigorous audition process. Chamber Singers primarily performs advanced unaccompanied literature; however, instruments occasionally join in performance. The ensemble presents at least one major concert per semester, as well as several other concerts on and off campus as musical ambassadors for the college. In January 2017, Chamber Singers will tour four Midwestern cities. Please contact Dr. John C. Hughes, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities, for more information ([email protected]; 920.748.8788).

Jazz Ensemble

Jazz EnsembleThe Ripon College Jazz Ensemble is a big band that plays music from the earliest jazz through the most contemporary jazz styles. From within the group, a number of different jazz combos perform as well on the two major Jazz Ensemble concerts each year. Development of improvisation skills is a major goal of the group. The Jazz Ensemble also performs on a pops concert each year and occasionally at off-campus events.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Symphonic Wind EnsembleThe Ripon College Symphonic Wind Ensemble is made up of brass, winds and percussion. In recent years, the group has had approximately 50 to 55 members. It is largely a student group, although there are a few community members. The group performs two major concerts each year, as well as a pops concert and a concert of small ensemble music. Literature ranges from band classics from throughout the 20th century to transcriptions of music from other media, marches and lighter fare.


OrchestraUnlike many schools its size, Ripon College has a long-standing, vital College Orchestra. Made up of students and community members, the group puts on two concerts a year that feature orchestral works from all of the style periods of Western music. Concerts often feature guest soloists. Children’s concerts are another type of event that the orchestra puts on with some regularity.


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Music Facility Provides Numerous Opportunities

The music department is located in C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts. The center houses teaching studios, a practice area, lockers and instrument storage space, classrooms, a choral rehearsal room and a resource center.

The library of scores and recordings includes more than 10,000 items and ample listening stations for student use. A generous number of soundproof practice rooms are available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day, and the instruments are carefully maintained by a resident technician.