BM in Music Education

BM in Music Education

Prepare for Your Career as an Innovative Music Educator 

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 in New York City and abroad with our renowned faculty. You'll put theory to practice through supervised teaching internships in New York City schools and community settings, study abroad at one of our Global Sites, and have the option to specialize your studies in vocal music, instrumental music, composing, songwriting, 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
  • Classical and contemporary popular vocal and instrumental studies
  • Contemporary 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, jazz studies, music business, songwriting, film scoring, music theatre, and performing arts 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, and in community music settings under the close supervision of experienced music teachers and teaching artists. 

Specialization and Performance Opportunities
You have the option to specialize your studies in vocal music, instrumental music, songwriting, composition, or piano, and participate in a variety of performing ensembles and chamber groups directed by leading New York artists. 

Study Abroad
NYU Music Education students are prepared for a global future through studying abroad at one of our global campus sites in Paris or 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.

Degree Details

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) does not address approval for academic programs leading to professional licensure or certification. The Music Education Program is currently in the process of researching state requirements for professional licensure and/or certification outside the State of New York, as it relates to music education. Please contact for additional information.

Contact Us

Noreen Goldberg, Music Education Program Administrator