The Bethany College Department of Music has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) since 1935. Music has played a central role in the life of Bethany College since its foundation in 1881. Many world renowned artists have traveled to Lindsborg to perform and teach.
Bethany Oratorio Society boasts one of the longest running annual performances of Handel’s Messiah and has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, National Public Radio, and PBS. This rich tradition of musical excellence remains strong and vibrant to this very day.
At Bethany, music is for everyone, and students majoring in the sciences and humanities regularly benefit from the wide array of musical ensembles available, just as Bethany music majors benefit from pursuing their specialized studies within the context of a liberal arts environment.
Bethany music students study with many different career goals in mind. They gain the knowledge and experience to carry them successfully through graduate study and/or careers.
Music Performance (B.M.)
Instrumental MusicTeaching Pre K-12 (B.M.E)
Vocal Music Teaching Pre K-12 (B.M.E)
Lisa Simmelink began at Bethany College in the Fall of 2010. She teaches pre-K and elementary music methods for music education and regular education majors. In addition to her work at Bethany, Simmelink is an early childhood music specialist for the Early Childhood Center of the McPherson County Special Ed Cooperative. She is also on staff with the Wichita State University Kodály Program as the level II methods and folk song research & analysis instructor.
Simmelink has been an elementary music specialist in Kansas for 9 years. She began her teaching career at Abilene Elementary in Valley Center, KS and has served as an instructor in the WSU Kodály Program since 2004. She is an active presenter in local, state and regional music education organizations and is currently serving as Past-President of Kodály Music Educators of Kansas, an organization which she co-founded. She is a member-at-large on the Midwest Kodály Music Educators of America board and was also the 2008 MKMEA Conference Chair.
Simmelink graduated from Wichita State University with a master of music education elementary emphasis in 2006. She received her Kodály Certificate from Colorado State University in 2005. Simmelink completed her undergraduate studies at Bethany College in vocal performance and K-12 choral music education.
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