* Please take a look at our Music Scholarships

If you love music and want to share that passion with young people, consider a major in music education at University of Jamestown. Our Music Education degree program provides a comprehensive music background along with all of the requirements for teacher licensure. We invite you to join our dynamic team of teachers and learners in an exciting journey to realize your potential and fulfill your promise.

University of Jamestown Music Education Distinctions

Our curriculum reflects current state and national standards for preparation of future music teachers. As a music education major at University of Jamestown, you will benefit from:

  • faculty who are dedicated to teaching and willing to work with students to have the best college experience
  • numerous performing ensembles
  • hands-on opportunities to meet and work with educators and students in the community
  • the latest information with regard to legislation and regulations affecting the teaching profession
  • Small class sizes with the focus on excellence in teaching and student learning
  • Significant opportunities for international study, hands-on field experiences, and co-curricular activities

Proven Success

University of Jamestown education students score above the national average on the ACT test and maintain some of the top grade point averages among all students. We seek students who can face the demands and challenges of the teaching profession and who are well-prepared and confident that they will make an important difference in the lives of children and young adults.

Education students are encouraged to join the Student North Dakota Education Association. Other organizations in early childhood education, reading, mathematics, and science also provide opportunities for participation.

Eligible students are invited to join Pi Lambda Theta, the international honor society and professional association in education.

Teacher Education Factsheet

Specific coursework for this major is outlined can be Viewed Here or downloaded here.

Our Academic Catalogs provide information on policies and procedures, the admissions process, programs of study, and degree requirements.

As course offerings can change from semester to semester, working with the Registrar’s office will ensure that your courses are kept on schedule so that you can graduate in four years.

Richard Walentine, DMAProfessor

Certifications/Degrees: DMA, University of Colorado Boulder
Teaches: Applied Voice, Music Theory, Diction, Song and Opera Literature, Vocal Pedagogy, Performance Workshop, Opera History, Harmony/Theory, and Music Appreciation

More information about the chair.

Certifications/Degrees: ABD, University of Arizona
Teaches: Applied Voice, Conducting, Choral Arranging, Secondary Methods, and other related courses


Certifications/Degrees: B.M. Wheaton Conservatory of Music; M.M. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; M.M. University of South Dakota; D.M.A. North Dakota State University


Certifications/Degrees: D.A., University of Northern Colorado
Teaches: Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Pep Band, Music Education courses, Applied Brass

  • University of Jamestown
    Music Department
    6031 Department
    Jamestown ND, 58405

  • Richard Walentine, DMA Professor

    rwalenti@uj.edu | PH: 701-252-3467 ext. 5026

  • Aaron McDermid, ABD Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Activities

    amcdermi@uj.edu | PH: 701-252-3467 ext. 5428

  • Laura (Zamzow) Lynch, D.A. Assistant Professor and Director of Instrumental Music

    laura.lynch@uj.edu | PH: 701-252-3467 ext. 5438