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Bachelor of Music, music education major

Nursery children playing with musical instruments in the classroom. One little boy is looking at the camera with a tambourine.

A fully accredited program (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, National Association of Schools of Music, and Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board), the Music Education major (also known as Music, Human Development, and Learning) offers students preparation to become educational leaders in K-12 and community-based settings. Coursework throughout the program emphasizes the importance of relationships in teaching while creating educational opportunities that are relevant to students and congruent with their identities and lived experiences. Students in the Music, Human Development, and Learning program become well-versed in methods of educating students across the lifespan (infant through senior citizen) that include performing, creating, and responding to music in multiple types of educational settings.

Upon successful completion of the major requirements, including ensemble and lesson participation, coursework, field experience hours in schools, and 14 weeks of student teaching, students are certified by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board to teach at the elementary through secondary levels (Vocal/Classroom or Instrumental/Classroom). All of our graduates have been successfully placed in public school teaching positions. Additionally, students may pursue a non-licensure Community-Based option that includes a wider range of degree options with career opportunities that include arts administration, director of educational initiatives and community outreach at an arts non-profit organization, and teacher/administrator of a private music studio or community music school. All Music, Human Development, and Learning students have opportunities for internships with the many arts and community-based organizations located in the Twin Cities.

Music is an integral part of the development of one’s humanity and identity. We invite you to consider how you can play a musical and educational role in the journey of developing one’s potential for a fulfilling and meaningful life.

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Music, music education major – Degree Checklist

Faculty Contacts

Mallory Alekna, Music, Human Development and Learning