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Music Education

Our fully accredited degrees offer you unrivaled opportunities to perform and study with New York City’s finest musicians and artist-teachers. Undergraduate and master’s students put theory to practice through supervised teaching internships in school and community music settings, while doctoral students prepare to teach at the college and university levels.

Bachelor of Music
Music Education

Prepare for a career as a music educator in PK–12 schools and get a liberal arts education, all while performing and studying in New York City and abroad.


Bachelor of Arts / Master of Arts
Music / Music Education
Dual Degree, Initial Certification

This dual degree allows you to earn a bachelor of music in Composition or Performance and a master of arts in Music Education in only five years.


Master of Arts
Teaching Music
Grades Pre-K–12, Initial Certification

Study applied music, theory, and pedagogy and complete student teaching in New York schools as you prepare for a career as an innovative Pre-K–12 music educator. (Admissions is currently suspended.)

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High school music class

Master of Arts
Music Education

Pursue a career as an innovative music educator working in schools, community music settings in this non-certification program. (Admissions is currently suspended.)

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Advanced Certificate
Professional Studies in Music
Post-Master’s Study

Our post-master’s certificate offers advanced classes in music education, performance, and more to further develop your career or prepare you for doctoral study. (Admissions is currently suspended.)

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Doctor of Philosophy
Music Education: For College and University Faculty

Gain a thorough grounding in the significant issues and developing paradigms in music education as you prepare for a career in higher education.


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