String Music Education
Music education is a traditional strength of the TTU School of Music. More than 70% of the TTU undergraduate music student population has a declared music education major. The J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts and the School of Music are dedicated to the promotion of music education and string teachers. String music education is the fastest growing music discipline in the State of Texas. Texas Tech University recognizes the unique need for training highly qualified string music educators for both classroom and studio teaching. Fewer than 80 colleges and universities across the country offer instruction by a string music education specialist and Texas Tech University has long supported a faculty member in this capacity. Students are cultivated in forward-thinking teaching, assessment, and organizational/administrative strategies and afforded diverse opportunities to implement and build on those foundations to further create imaginative and creative new futures in our profession.
We are incredibly proud of our TTU alumni! They are influential mentors, leaders, and teachers in string/orchestra classrooms and applied studios around the world! Our alumni lead superior model orchestra programs across the country and have performed regionally, nationally, internationally in a variety of venues. Their students and ensembles have achieved the highest performance honors including invitations and performances at: Texas Honor Orchestras, the Midwest Clinic, the National Orchestra Festival (ASTA), and in collaborative projects domestically and abroad. These directors have been recognized for their exceptional teaching on national, regional, state, and local levels. Texas Tech University string music education graduates are a part of a long legacy of influential string music educators!