Programs - Music Education

Music Education Undergraduate


Our current Bachelor of Music degree program prepares undergraduates to teach music in elementary and secondary schools. Students may specialize in vocal music, instrumental music, or piano. A core curriculum of interdisciplinary courses in the liberal arts enhances the intensive study of music, music theory and history, and music pedagogy. Student teaching in carefully selected public and independent schools takes place under the close supervision of experienced music teachers. Upon completion of the program, students meet the academic requirements for New York State certification as a teacher of music in grades K-12.

Our music education students participate in a variety of performing ensembles and chamber groups directed by superb New York artists. They study privately with New York’s finest performers. Required courses include elementary and secondary teaching methods, music education “foundations” (e.g., the philosophy and psychology of music teaching) and music technology. Elective courses include studies in the liberal arts, general education, jazz studies, music theater, dance education, theater education and so on.

In addition, we provide students with continuous “theory-and-practice” experiences through peer-teaching, supervised field observations and practice-teaching internships in a variety of school and community music situations. Music Education at NYU offers a unique set of circumstances: a diverse community of artists, scholars and students; a faculty of dedicated and supportive teachers; a cutting-edge curriculum; an university with unparalleled opportunities for artistic, intellectual, cultural and personal growth – all of this in the legendary community of Greenwich Village, New York.  


Continuous development of each student's musicianship and artistry have marked our graduates as among the most prepared and inspired teachers in the field - reflected in a very high percent placement record of graduates seeking K-12 teaching positions. Personal advisement, a hallmark of our program, allows us to respond effectively to individual needs and interests. The Music Education program is committed to developing excellent and exceptional musicians.