Music Education

​College of Visual and Performing Arts

Offered jointly by the School of Education and the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ renowned Setnor School of Music, the dual-degree music education program includes a strong foundation in music and teaching.

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.

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Sample Courses

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

Practical Experience

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.

Study Abroad

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.

Explore study abroad opportunities for students in the School of Education.

Learn more about global study opportunities available in VPA.


Life After Syracuse University

With a degree in music education you can pursue careers including:

  • Music teacher
  • Recreational therapist
  • Composer
  • Musician
  • 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.