Pursue a career as a music educator in elementary and secondary schools. This bachelor of music degree combines a full liberal arts education with opportunities to perform and study with our renowned faculty. You'll put theory to practice through supervised teaching internships in New York City schools and community settings, and have the option to specialize your studies in vocal music, instrumental music, or piano.
This program leads to eligibility for New York State initial certification as a teacher of music for grades K-12.
What you'll learn
- Music theory and history
- Music pedagogy
- The philosophy and psychology of music teaching
- Aural comprehension
- Keyboard harmony and improvisation
- Teaching methods for elementary, junior, and senior high school students
See the curriculum and requirements for this degree.
How you'll learn
Music Pedagogy and a Full Liberal Arts Education
As a student in our program, you'll complete a core curriculum of interdisciplinary courses in the liberal arts as well as intensive study of music, music theory and history, and music pedagogy. Required courses include elementary and secondary teaching methods, music education foundations, and music technology. Elective courses include studies in the liberal arts, general education, jazz studies, music theatre, dance education, and theatre education.
Student Teaching in New York Schools and Community Settings
You'll gain valuable experience through completing two semesters of student teaching at New York City public and independent schools, under the close supervision of experienced music teachers.
Specialization and Performance Opportunities
You have the option to specialize your studies in vocal music, instrumental music, or piano, and participate in a variety of performing ensembles and chamber groups directed by leading New York artists.
We offer unique opportunities to study music education, music business, music technology, music history and theory, theatre, and instrumental performance in Paris and Prague. Learn more about studying abroad.
Dual degree option: BM Music Performance/MA Music Education
We also offer a dual degree that allows you to earn a bachelor of music in composition or performance and a master of arts in music education in only five years. You can take courses towards your graduate degree during your junior and senior years, then complete the MA in one additional year of study, becoming eligible for New York State initial certification as a teacher of music, grades K-12. See more information about this dual degree and how to apply.