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Music Education (PreK-Grade 12) B.Mus.

Be an impactful, antiracist and inclusive musician and educator—one who advocates for the arts and inspires a passion for music in all learners.
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Students play instruments in a classroom.

About this Program

  • Gain an advantage in a range of fields, from the classroom to the stage, with a dual program in music education with a music emphasis.
  • Engage in a program that emphasizes cultural and linguistic diversity, integration of media and technology, multilevel teaching and standards-based assessment.
  • Be part of the School of Education’s commitment to equitable, antiracist and inclusive practices.
  • Begin your first year in a classroom, with multiple placements and student-teaching experiences in a range of urban, suburban and rural settings.
  • Experience our pioneering work in clinical simulations for realistic preprofessional practice, replicating common interactions in school and classroom environments and integrated into your classes to build your skill set and confidence.
  • Get a small school feel at a dynamic research university through personalized academic and career advising; the opportunity to work closely with internationally recognized faculty, including on research projects; and a global alumni network.

Program Information

Degree Type






College or School

100 %

Student Pass Rate for New York State Assessment of Teaching Skills
100 %

Student Pass Rate for Music Education Certification Exams
93 %

of Class of 2021 graduates are employed or in graduate school within six months.
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College of Visual and Performing Arts

Home to the visual and performing arts at Syracuse University, VPA supports the creative process and professional development of its students. VPA is divided into seven areas: the School of Art; the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies; the School of Design; the Department of Drama; the Rose, Jules R. and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music; the Department of Film and Media Arts; and the Department of Creative Arts Therapy.
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School of Education

Syracuse University’s School of Education advances the future of teaching and learning through inclusive and antiracist practice, integration of digital technology, and experiential learning rooted in campus and community partnerships.By fostering a welcoming learning community that supports distinct potential, the school mentors and nurtures the next generation of impactful and innovative educators, scholars and leaders.With immersive training that begins in the first year and unique research and creative opportunities that range from field experiences to live educational simulations to engaging internships, School of Education graduates are equipped to inspire generations.
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Music education majors get a strong foundation in music theory and performance, as well as teaching methods specific to music and the arts.

Music education students choose a music emphasis for both performance and conducting/teaching methods courses: brass, choral/general (voice), woodwind, percussion or strings. You can expand your performance skills and experience even more with the performance honors program.

Courses on the history of schooling, principles of inclusive classrooms, literacy across the curriculum and methods for teaching music and performance.

Field placements in local schools and community organizations include a full-time, multiweek student-teaching experience in the spring of your senior year.

Extracurricular Opportunities

Study abroad

Experience the World

Study abroad with a number of Syracuse Abroad centers and world partners. School of Education students are eligible for exclusive funding to support semester and short-term study abroad experiences.

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Student organization

Kappa Delta Pi

Join the student-led Alpha Delta Iota chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society in education for professional development, fellowship and service opportunities.

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Professional organizations

Music Educators’ Academy

Collegiate chapters of organizations such as the National Association for Music Educators present acclaimed speakers, hold workshops and help you develop a professional network.

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For future educators

Spector/Warren Fellowship

This fellowship brings students interested in education to the Holocaust Museum Houston each year, where they learn from experts, firsthand accounts and survivors, gaining the tools to integrate the lessons on the Holocaust and human rights into any classroom subject.

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