How Do I Become a Music Teacher?

Becoming a licensed music teacher usually requires music ability and a bachelor's degree in music education. If you love music, you're likely to find a career as a music teacher rewarding because you are responsible for preparing the next generation of musicians. Read on to learn more about the background and education necessary to become a music teacher. Schools offering Teaching & Learning degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Musical Background

Before a prospective Music Teacher can receive any formal education on how to educate others, the aspiring teacher should have a significant musical background. Most schools, including Ohio State University, www.osu.edu, and Arizona State University, www.asu.edu, require students to complete a successful audition in order to be admitted into a Music Education program. You might get the necessary music experience by taking private lessons or participating in a band or choir through a school, church or community group.

Undergraduate Degrees for Music Teachers

Although anyone with musical ability can give private lessons in the community, the first step towards becoming a licensed Music Teacher is to earn a bachelor's degree in Music Education, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), www.bls.gov. Many schools, including Ohio State University, Arizona State University and the University of Florida, www.ufl.edu, offer bachelor's degree programs in Music Education. Music Education programs focus heavily on music theory, music education and the psychology of education. The undergraduate curriculum at many schools requires prospective Music Teachers to complete a student teaching assignment before graduation.

Music Education Graduate Programs

While students can become licensed Music Teachers after earning a bachelor's degree in Music Education and meeting other state licensing requirements, most university Music Education programs require their professors to hold master's or doctoral degrees, reports the BLS. Ohio State University, Arizona State University and the University of Florida all offer master's degrees in Music Education. Some of these programs, like the one offered at Arizona State University, allow students to choose a specialization like orchestra, jazz or choral music. Graduate programs in Music Education usually conclude with a thesis on a topic of interest to the student.

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