Undergraduate Program Music: Education

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Music: Education Bachelor's Degree Overview

Interested in teaching music in schools as a career? Pursue your music education degree at PSU School of Music & Theater and turn your ambitious dreams into real-world impact.

The Bachelor of Music in Music Education will provide you with a thorough music foundation, with specialized coursework in instrumental and vocal methods, conducting, rehearsal techniques, orchestration, and literature. You’ll train to become a music teacher in the K-12 setting and choose between our choral and instrumental music education tracks.

Completing this degree will give you the necessary skills to pursue graduate teacher certification and placement as a music teacher in the public school system. Our alumni are accepted into top music education graduate programs and find unparalleled success landing jobs as music teachers in K-12 schools. Join them in this fulfilling field.

Prospective music majors must apply to PSU, submit a secondary application to the School of Music & Theater, and pass the entrance audition. Learn more about our application process.

Degree Details

Music: Education Bachelor's Degree: Why PSU?

As a music education major, you’ll begin your first year as a School of Music student by auditioning prior to your arrival. At the end of your sophomore year, you can apply to the music education program with a portfolio highlighting your talents and progress. Throughout, you will gain real-world experience collaborating with peers in our renowned ensembles and learning leadership skills from our outstanding faculty.

We are proud to be a national College of Distinction for our commitment to helping students to succeed. At PSU, you will gain the experience and knowledge you need to make a difference in your career and community.

What can I do with a bachelor's degree in Music Education?

Most of our alumni go on to grad school or a career as an educator in K-12 schools. Recent graduates who also completed PSU’s Graduate Teacher Ed Program (GTEP) have enjoyed 100% placement in music education jobs upon graduation.

Following your bachelor’s degree, PSU offers a one-year teaching certification program. Recent graduates have earned teaching positions in districts throughout the region including Portland Public, Beaverton, Vancouver, North Clackamas, Salem-Keizer, Lake Oswego, and many others. Some are teaching music in schools throughout the U.S. and even abroad.

Featured Courses

  • MUS 113 Music Theory III
  • MUS 116 Sight-Singing/Ear Training III
  • MUS 213 Music Theory VI
  • MUS 116 Sight-Singing/Ear Training VI
  • MUS 242 Composition III
  • MUS 293 Advanced Class Piano III
  • MUS 306 Music History: 20th Century
  • MUS 312 Orchestration
  • MUS 313 Counterpoint
  • MUS 320 Fundamentals of Conducting
  • MUS 328 Introduction to Music Education
  • MUS 332 String Techniques
  • MUS 335 Percussion Techniques
  • MUS 484 Music with Children

Featured Electives

  • MUS 374 World Music: Africa & The Middle East
  • MUS 375 World Music: Asia
  • MUS 394 Taiko Drumming



Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

PSU's Music programs are fully accredited National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and holds the All-Steinway School designation.