music education

Drury offers new, comprehensive bachelor of music education degree

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., July 24, 2017 — Drury University’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts now offers an innovative new bachelor of music education (BME) degree that comprehensively prepares students for certification to teach all music specialties: general, choral and instrumental.

This single track, comprehensive program is one of the few such programs in the Midwest.

Drury’s music education program offers exceptional undergraduate conducting opportunities, including the yearly production of “Peter and the Wolf,” and participation in regionally and nationally recognized choral and instrumental ensembles.

“So often, music educators are called upon to teach in areas outside of their college specialization,” says Dr. Jim Davidson, director of music education and choral activities.  “For example, it’s not uncommon in today’s job market to see a student who studied to be a band director also being assigned to teach choir. Graduates of Drury’s new BME program will be much more marketable and well-rounded musicians, and prepared for success in all areas of the K-12 music program.”

More information is available at  Prospective students can also contact Jim Davidson, director of music education, at (417) 873-4079 or


Two Drury groups perform at the Missouri Music Educators Conference

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Jan. 27, 2015 — The Springfield-Drury Girls Choir and Drury Wind Symphony will perform Friday as part of the 77th Annual Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) conference at Tan-Tar-A resort in Lake of the Ozarks.

The MMEA conference is highly selective and seeks the top student groups from across the state to perform for its members each year. This is the first MMEA appearance for the Springfield-Drury Girls Choir, led by Mark Lawley, and the second for Drury’s Wind Symphony, under the direction Dr. Christopher Koch.

The Wind Symphony, comprised of about 40 students, will be introduced by Dr. Allin Sorenson, chair of Drury’s music department. The ensemble will perform four works, including Bernhard Heiden’s “Diversion” featuring Drury associate professor of music Dr. Tina Claussen on alto saxophone.

“I’m delighted our Wind Symphony has again earned an invitation to perform at MMEA,” said Koch. “It’s a significant honor for any university to be selected and our students richly deserve the recognition.”

The Springfield-Drury Girls Choir is comprised of 50 singers in grades 2 through 6 from Springfield and the surrounding area. The group will be introduced by Drury First Lady Betty Coe Manuel and will sing five pieces; two of which were composed for the choir and will officially premier at the conference. Dr. Carlyle Sharpe, professor of music composition and theory at Drury, composed one of those pieces, titled “I Sing A Song of the Saints of God.”

“We were thrilled to find out that they were selected,” said Lawley. “There are only three elementary school choirs out of the state of Missouri selected for the conference.”