Interested in teaching music as a career? Come join PSU School of Music’s Music Education program to pursue a professional degree with a bright future. Your training will involve studying a wide variety of instruments, learning to conduct and arrange music, and perfecting your rehearsal techniques. Following your bachelor’s degree, PSU offers a one-year teaching certification program. Currently, 100% of our graduates that have applied for music teaching jobs have found employment in their field.

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The Bachelor of Music in Music Education

Interested in teaching music in schools as a career? Pursue your music education degree and turn your ambitious dreams into real-world impact. The Bachelor of Music in Music Education will provide you with a thorough music foundation as you train to become a K-12 music teacher. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Music Education program has detailed entrance and participation requirements. Whether you're an incoming freshman, a transfer student, or seeking a second bachelor's degree, our detailed FAQ will explain all the necessary steps.

Getting Started

You'll start as a School of Music & Theater student by auditioning prior to arrival. You’ll take applied music lessons and theory classes alongside performance majors. This will give you a great foundation for your career in teaching. During your sophomore year, you can apply to the Music Education program with a portfolio highlighting your talents and progress.

Education Expertise

One of the best elements of our program is the diversity of faculty expertise. You’ll learn from instructors with a broad array of interests and specialties. When it’s time for you to start student teaching, our faculty have strong connections in the community to help place you.

Award-Winning Ensembles

The PSU School of Music & Theater requires all our students, including Music Education majors, to join an ensemble. We encourage a robust range of performance opportunities, such as participating in our opera productions and off-campus gigs. We believe this is critical to your education, giving you experience in collaborative work and helping you build connections in the larger community.

Get In Touch, Get Involved

Students that are passionate about teaching music should contact the Music Education program as soon as they are accepted to the School of Music. There are program events and conferences that you are welcome to attend, even prior to your acceptance to the Music Education program. This will give you a chance to preview what your coursework would be like as one of our majors, as well as give you a sneak peek into teaching careers.

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Debbie Glaze - Music Education Area Coordinator

A leading figure in Oregon Music Education for over 20 years, Debbie Glaze is a tireless advocate for the Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree. Her training includes degrees in Choral Conducting and Music Education, with emphasis in voice and clarinet performance.