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Music Education

Major, Minor

Program Overview

Do you love studying and performing music? Do you dream of sharing this passion for music with others? In our music education program, you’ll grow as both a music teacher and performer. You'll be prepared for careers in K-12 teaching, competitive graduate schools and more.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time
Location: On-Campus
Program Length: 4.5 years (including student teaching)
Credit Hours: 30 - 40

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

Become a music teacher and a skilled performer by pursuing a major and minor in music education. You'll take courses in music performance, theory, history and teaching and have the opportunity to pursue Choral, General Music or Instrumental program tracks. Plus, you’ll gain certification to teach K-12 students — preparing you to share your love for music as soon as you graduate.

Our program has a long history of preparing music educators and a 100 percent placement rate for students seeking teaching positions.

As a student here at CMU, you can share your love of music with other students in the School of Music Residential College, where you'll live with other passionate student musicians and form lasting friendships and professional networks.

Located in a modern 119,000-square-foot facility, you'll also enjoy state-of-the-art resources like our 500-seat concert hall with a 61-rank Casavant organ, 100-seat recital hall, digital audio technology labs, recording facilities and a music resource center.

Our alumni have gone on to teach in elementary and secondary schools, universities and community arts education programs all over the country. Others have pursued competitive graduate programs at places like Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music, the University of Michigan and Arizona State University. From university band directors and professors to administrators in arts management and development, our alumni are leading the way.

Program Highlights

As a music education student here, you'll:

  • Join a group of alumni who are frequently recognized by MSBOA as outstanding music educators.
  • Our graduates are teaching in K-12 schools across the country as well as working at places like the University of Oklahoma, the Chicago Public Schools Department, the Civic Youth Ensembles with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Towson University and Northwestern University.

Concentrations

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The Choral track is for students who want to primarily teach choir. Students take general courses in music education, theory, history, sight singing and ear training as well as specialized courses in voice or piano.
The General Music track is for students who want to focus in general music education. Students take general courses in music education, theory, history, sight singing and ear training as well as specialized courses in voice and/or their chosen instrument.
The Instrumental track is for students who want to primarily teach band and/or orchestra. Students take general courses in music education, theory, history, sight singing and ear training as well as several specialized courses on their chosen instrument.

Careers & Outcomes

Our music education graduates are equipped for a number of fulfilling careers in teaching, performance, music administration and more.

Career Projected Salary
Music Teacher $56,882
Musician/Singer $65,158
Music Director $56,847
Self-Enrichment Teacher $36,067
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