Marietta graduates are band directors, choir directors and music teachers in schools and organizations throughout the country. Our music education program offers performance opportunities to help you become a successful musician, a focus on practical knowledge to help you become a successful educator, and the knowledge and tools you need to become a future leader and advocate for music in our schools.

In addition to your core music and education courses, you will refine your skills through more than 180 contact hours in conducting and rehearsal techniques, over 150 field experience hours prior to student teaching, and special courses in teaching with technology, and vocal or instrumental pedagogy. 

Requirements for a Minor

24 hours required in music: Music 111, 112, 171, 172, and either 330 or 331; 4 hours of an approved ensemble; 4 hours of applied music (excluding preparatory study -- Music 150); 5 hours of elective study (excluding Music 101). For complete details of these requirements the students should refer to the Marietta College Music Handbook available from the Music Office, Hermann Fine Arts Building.

Organizations & Performance Groups

Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) is the national leadership honor society that selects students showing superior scholarship, leadership, and exemplary character.

In existence for more than 75 years, the Oratorio Chorus performs major choral/orchestral works each semester. The chorus is open to students, faculty, and members of the community. No audition is required.

Open to all female students, Women's Choir performs a variety of musical styles. No audition is required.

Concert Choir is a select chorus open to all students by informal audition. As the primary touring ensemble of Marietta College, the choir has performed throughout the United States and abroad.

The Theatre and Music departments present two or more musical theatre productions jointly, with performing roles open to all students by audition. Opportunities are also available for students interested in the technical aspects of a production or in performing with the pit orchestra.

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble provides students with the opportunity to rehearse and perform high quality wind band literature. The emphasis of the ensemble is on both individual and group improvement. Every concert program features both large and chamber ensemble music to give members a wide variety of performing experiences.

The Jazz Ensemble provides exposure to high quality jazz literature with emphasis placed on jazz styles and performance practices.