Major to Career: Music Education 

Music education is a field of study associated with the teaching and learning of music. It touches on the development of the affective domain, including music appreciation and sensitivity. The incorporation of music training from preschool to postsecondary education is common in most nations because involvement in music is considered a fundamental component of human culture and behavior.

If you have a passion for music, and you like children and young adults, then a career combining the two might be for you. To succeed in the profession, you should have a broad knowledge of music, be creative (as a musician and a teacher), and be enthusiastic. You should also have a positive attitude and excellent communication skills.

The student majoring in music education will develop skills, concepts, and methodologies in the following areas: music, including music theory and composition, musicianship, history, arranging, orchestration, improvisation, and conducting; teaching with technology; solo performance techniques acquired through private instrumental or vocal study; vocal and instrumental techniques, pedagogy, and literature related to solo and ensemble performance; and the relationship of music to other fields of knowledge.

  • Knowledge and talent in their subject area
  • Ability to inspire trust and confidence and motivate students
  • Group and classroom management skills
  • Creativity and patience
  • Ability to understand the educational and emotional needs of students
  • Responsibility and dependability
  • Organizational skills
  • Ability to recognize and respond to differences in students
  • Communication skills
  • Public school music teacher
  • Private school music teacher
  • General music teacher
  • Choral director
  • Band director
  • Marching band director
  • Orchestra director
  • Private music instructor
  • Church music director
  • Music director
  • College level music teacher
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