As enrolled students engage in teacher preparation, they also elect one of five specialty emphases in music education: brass, choral/general, woodwind, percussion or strings.
All students are educated on musical disciplines, principal and secondary performance area, music history, music theory, sight-singing, dictation, conducting, and ensemble participation. This combination of knowledge and skill provides graduates with increased marketability and a high level of preparedness to work with students of all abilities and all grade levels.
Core coursework covers teaching and the inclusive classroom, foundation of music education, and music in the classroom. Sample courses include:
- Instrumental Rehearsal Techniques in Music Education
- Music in the Elementary School
- Adapting Instruction for Diverse Student Needs
- Marching Band Techniques
- Foundations of Music Education
- Technology in Music Education
The music education major also offers learning opportunities outside the classroom for students as a supplement to their coursework.
- Join Syracuse University’s chapter of the National Association for Music Education.
- Attend numerous events in the Setnor School of Music, including master classes, performances, and the Soyars Leadership Lecture Series, which brings prominent music industry professionals to campus.
- Teach in a variety of classrooms in urban, suburban, and rural settings.
- Network with visiting speakers and professionals to both the Setnor School of Music and the School of Education.
Support your resume and expand your perspective with a study abroad experience during your time at Syracuse. Known as one of the top 25 international education providers in the U.S., SU Abroad offers more than 100 programs in 60 countries.
To make study abroad more affordable, you have the opportunity to apply for a Himan Brown Fellows scholarship, a scholarship exclusively for School of Education Students.
Life After Syracuse University
With a degree in music education you can pursue careers including:
- Music teacher
- Recreational therapist
- Sound engineer
- Music program director
Or, earn a graduate degree in areas such as public administration or education. Previous graduates have continued their education at many of the top graduate schools in the U.S.