Process of Internship & Student Teaching for the Music Department

Internships and Apprenticeships are required for music concentrations in Contemporary Music, Church Music, Composition and Electronic Music, and Performance. Student Teaching serves as a similar kind of apprenticeship experience for the Music Education concentration. Internships and Apprenticeships are elective for General Music and Individualized Music Majors. They vary in length from a minimum of 5 hours per week in local placement to up to a full academic year in off-site residence.All locally placed internships and apprenticeships receive 1 academic credit per semester for up to two semesters. Off-site residence internships and apprenticeships can receive up to 12 credits and/or transfer credit.

The usual process for selecting an internship or apprenticeship involves the student initiating contact with the Eastern University Coordinator of Internships and Career Services, his or her music concentration adviser, and the music faculty member assigned to the Internship or Apprenticeship courses. Then the student makes contact with the particular on-site supervisor of the proposed internship or apprenticeship to receive confirmation for the relationship. Upon confirmation, the student gives the name and contact information to his or her adviser and the music faculty member.

A sampling of Internships for Music Majors

  • Studio Engineer, Andover Recording
  • Commissions for Composition and Arranging, Jubilate Deo Chorale and Orchestra
  • Production Intern, Theodore Presser Music Company
  • Composer Royalty Intern, Theodore Presser Music Company
  • Custom Print Intern, Theodore Presser Music Company
  • Marketing Intern, Theodore Presser Music Company
  • Instrument Repair Intern, Troubadour Music Store
  • Production Assistant, Church of the Saviour
  • Church Music Intern, Grace Valley Fellowship Church
  • Study Abroad Program: Contemporary Music Center in Nashville, TN

A sampling of Student Teaching for Music Majors

Music Ed Students must do seven weeks of student teaching in an Elementary School and seven weeks in a Middle or High School.  The Music Department does its best to place them in the areas that they prefer and with Co-Operating teachers with whom they will work well.  A lot of care and prayer go into this process.  Along with Student Teaching, there is a weekly Practicum.  In that class we talk about our experiences, share our problems and triumphs and encourage and support each other.  We also learn more about some of the topics we covered in Methods classes.  At the end of our Student Teaching, we evaluate each student.  The students read and comment on what we have written.  If they approve, they sign off on it and we turn that into the Education Department.  It is then sent to the state with the application for Certification.

Student Teaching Opportunities of recent, current students are (by School District/Township):

  • Great Valley
  • Haverford
  • Lower Merion
  • Marple-Newtown
  • Norristown
  • Philadelphia
  • Plymouth-Whitemarsh
  • Radnor
  • Springfield
  • Upper Darby
  • Upper Merion
  • Wallingford-Swarthmore
  • Washington Township, NJ