Music Education
The Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree program provides preparation for a career teaching music at the elementary (pre-K–9) or secondary (5–12) levels. A carefully coordinated combination of course work and field experience assures the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary for success as a classroom teacher of vocal, instrumental and general music. Graduates are eligible for Initial Licensure by the Massachusetts Department of Education. Teacher Preparation Program of the College and pass the Verbal Skills portion of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure. See Teacher Licensure /Preparation application requirements.

Upon completion of a BM in the Music Education Program, students will gain:

  • Perform in solo vocal or instrumental performance
  • Experience in small and large ensemble with opportunities to perform across the nation and internationally as well
  • The ability to lead performance-based instruction in a variety of settings
  • Real-life experience in teaching beginning students in a variety of specializations
  • The capability to inspire others and to excite the imagination of students, engendering a respect for music and a desire for musical knowledge and experiences
  • Personal commitment to the art of music, to teaching music, and to encourage artistic and intellectual development of students.
  • The ability to guide students to an understanding of music as an art form, as a means of communication, and as a part of their intellectual and cultural heritage
  • The ability to articulate logical rationales for music education, and to present the goals and objectives of a music program effectively to parents, professional colleagues, and administrators.
  • The ability to work productively within education, understand sequencing and curriculum, and be able to differentiate instruction.
  • The ability to evaluate ideas, methods, and policies in the arts, the humanities, and in arts education for their impact on the musical and cultural development of students.
  • The ability and desire to remain current with pedagogical methodologies, to make independent, in-depth evaluations of their relevance, and to use the results to improve musicianship and teaching skills
  • Conducting and Musical Leadership
  • The ability to arrange and adapt music from a variety of sources to meet the needs and ability levels of individuals, school performing groups, and in classroom situations
  • The skills required for all musicians, functional performance abilities in keyboard and the voice are essential. Functional performance abilities in instruments appropriate to the student’s teaching specialization are also essential
  • The ability to apply analytical and historical knowledge to curriculum development, lesson planning, and daily classroom and performance activities
  • Knowledge and skills sufficient to teach beginning students on instruments and/or in voice as appropriate to the chosen areas of specialization
  • Knowledge of content, methodologies, philosophies, materials, technologies, and curriculum development in music education