Undergraduate Program Music: Education
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.
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.
- 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
- MUS 374 World Music: Africa & The Middle East
- MUS 375 World Music: Asia
- MUS 394 Taiko Drumming