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Department of Music: Music Education

Music Education

Chowan University offers a specialized curriculum to prepare students for successful careers in Music Education, for teaching both instrumental and vocal music in grades Kindergarten through 12. Music Education students take courses that include:

  • Vocal Techniques
  • Instrumental Techniques (Brass, Woodwind, Percussion, Strings)
  • Elementary Music Teaching Methods
  • Secondary Music Teaching Methods
  • Choral Arranging
  • Orchestration
  • Marching Band Techniques

Since you will be training to be the head of your own classroom, you will also learn conducting for instrumental and choral engagements including score reparation, rehearsal techniques and concert development.

Chowan University’s Music Education program also concentrates on the study of specific techniques and materials for classroom music teaching and for general music teaching in elementary and secondary grades, which includes first-hand work in the field.

Music Education students will also: 

  • Gain and hone skills in real world experiences
  • Respond to a variety of students’ needs
  • Learn the art of working with parents, other teachers and
    the community

Chowan University’s music education program is preparing effective teachers to provide quality instruction for all learners in a diverse society.


Michael Butrico

Michael Butrico
Associate Professor of Music
Director of Bands
Music Education Coordinator

(252) 398-6256
Daniel Hall 115  


"The Department of Music strives to provide an atmosphere of learning and development. To us, 'Faith in Your Future' means that we believe that those students who complete their degrees in music at Chowan University are well prepared for success in their career. The Department of Music also encourages prospective students to learn about the wide range of opportunities available to all students of the university, whether as a major in music, a minor in music, or a member of one of our many ensembles."

Mr. Butrico received the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from the University of Central Florida and the Master of Music degree in Trombone Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He joined the faculty of Chowan University in 2007.

Courses Taught:

  • Applied Brass
  • Chamber Ensembles
  • Chowan Winds
  • Conducting
  • Jazz Band
  • Pep Band
  • Materials and Methods for Secondary Music Education
  • Music Appreciation

Awards and Honors:

  • Principal Trombonist Mantovani Orchestra
  • Trombonist with Florida Lakes Orchestra and Space Coast Pops
  • Trombonist with New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players
  • Trombonist with Walt Disney World productions
  • All-American College Band 1992
  • Who's Who Among American's Teachers 2003 - 2005


  • Home remodeling
  • Classic car restoration
  • Aviation
  • Learning Italian
  • Travel
  • Politics
  • Mechanical and engineering projects


Commission & Publications:

Sanford Soliloquy: for Trombone and Piano. Commissioned and performed by Michael Butrico, trombone. Music by James Wehr. World Premier March 11th, 2003 - Seminole State College of Florida. Wehr’s Music House Publishing.

Ballad for My Other Brother: for Trombone, Piano, and Narrator. Commissioned and performed by Michael Butrico, trombone. Based on the poetry of Dr. Stephen Caldwell Wright. Music by James Wehr. World Premier Sept. 27, 2005 – Seminole State College of Florida.

Sailing the Seas: A Tone Poem for Solo Trombone. Commissioned by Michael Butrico. Music by Greg Barker. Spirit Song Music Publishing 2004.

Two Songs by Matalonis, Op. 6. Michael Butrico, trombone. Recorded July 2006. Wehr’s Music House Publishing. 


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