Music Education (Grades PreK-12)


Bachelor of Music | College of Creative Arts

What is Music Education (Grades PreK-12)?

A degree in music education prepares you to teach music in schools and community settings: general (classroom) music, choral music, band, and orchestra. Our program, offered through the College of Creative Arts, enables you to apply for licensure to teach pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 students. Miami offers two tracks or emphases in music education: choral/general and instrumental. It is also possible to blend these tracks.

What are the features of Miami’s program?

We believe that teaching music is an art that encompasses musicianship, pedagogy, and scholarship; this is reflected in our program of study, which is a balanced program of these components in addition to liberal arts study.

Small classes

As a music student, you’ll benefit from the “just right” class sizes and the intensive mentoring that begins when you audition and continues throughout your career as a music educator. Our music education faculty members have extensive experience as public school music educators and are well known in their field.

Extensive classroom experience

Our music education program gives you more classroom clinical experience than most programs at other universities. Beginning in your first year, you will observe and participate in school visits, gradually increasing your role as a participant-observer-teacher throughout your program of study. As you progress through the professional music education sequence, you spend increasing time with experienced teachers in a variety of urban, suburban, and rural schools. Your school experiences will range from helping individual students and small groups in the school music classes to being responsible for an entire classroom or ensemble. You will have opportunities to work directly with teachers and PK–12 students in the Greater Cincinnati and Dayton area. During the semester of student teaching, you are observed more frequently than during most programs at other universities – approximately every other week for an entire semester – for feedback, consultation, and guidance.

Professional education sequence

Teaching requires knowledge of the characteristics of learners; social structures of schools, families and communities; assessment techniques; classroom practices; technology; and curriculum and resources. In the professional education sequence, you investigate this knowledge and combine it with extensive experiences and discussions.

Teaching licensure

Miami’s Department of Music is fully accredited by the Ohio Department of Education and the National Association of Schools of Music. In addition, Miami’s Teacher Education program is fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Education Programs (CAEP). The state of Ohio has licensure reciprocity with most states; however, if you are planning to teach in another state, you should contact that state’s licensure office so you can apply for certification or licensure in that state.

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

Your admission to the music education program requires an audition and interview. 

What courses would I take?

For this major, coursework includes music theory, history, and applied music. You choose at least one specific concentration in a music area. In addition, you must participate in a music ensemble of your choice and give a senior recital to graduate.

This program also requires you to take classes within the Global Miami Plan for Liberal Education. Through the plan's foundation courses, you'll hone skills such as thinking critically, understanding contexts, reflecting and acting, and engaging with other learners. These courses are in the broad discipline areas of English composition, fine arts, humanities, social science, world cultures, natural science, formal reasoning, and in the social foundations of education. The principles and content of the foundation are the basis for the professional education sequence and the content specialization.

What can I do with this major?

Many graduates teach music in elementary and secondary schools, colleges, or work independently as studio teachers.

Who can I contact for more information?

Department of Music
109 Presser Hall
Oxford, OH 45056