Bachelor of Music in Music Education (B.M.)

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Students study directly with music faculty who are noted for their outstanding teaching, research, performance, and leadership in the field. Through innovative and rigorous coursework in music education and general education, as well as the stellar performance opportunities at Frost, you will become a dynamic music teacher, deep thinker, and innovative leader in the field of music education. If your aspirations span teaching and performance, consider combining the Bachelor of Music Education degree with a Performer’s Certificate in Instrumental, Keyboard, Jazz, or Vocal Performance, which can be completed in four years. 

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To inquire about undergraduate music education degrees at the University of Miami, please contact our Music Education Undergraduate Program Director:

Dr. Carlos Abril
c.abril@miami.edu

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A bachelor of music in education degree prepares you for the wide variety of careers available to music educators. Many music education majors are attracted to the degree because of the job opprotunities. If you have what it takes to succeed in the classroom and teach effectively, you are likely to enjoy a job shortly after graduation. At the Frost School of Music, music education majors graduate with technical, creative, leadership, and pedagogical skills to work with learners representing a variety of ages and contexts. Classes are based on research, theory, and applied experience.

Why Do I Need a Bachelor of Music in Education?

Music education is one area where it is vital to have a degree to be a practitioner. If you end up working in a primary or secondary educational context, you will need to have the proper credentials; this includes a bachelor’s degree. If you want to pursue further work in higher education with a master’s degree or doctorate, you will need to have a solid foundation. This starts with a bachelor of music. Getting a bachelor of music in education degree helps you diversify your job choices and expand your skills from the get-go.

What Does a Bachelor of Music in Education Degree Entail?

A bachelor of music in education degree is geared towards several programmatic goals. The degree is intended to help you become a well-rounded, prepared music educator. It will equip you with the skills you need to teach the subject area competencies to your students. You will learn how to apply the technical and creative skills in your instrument to teaching contexts. You’ll also learn how to incorporate research and best practice into teaching.

Where Do Music Educators Work?

Some music educators work in traditional primary and secondary schools with a wide range of grade levels and students. Other music educators teach private lessons out of their studios or homes. Music education majors work as performing musicians, arts administrators, and in other niches. You may not know what music education niche you want to work in until you progress into your degree. Service-learning, community engagement opportunities, and field work are all valuable experiences for you to learn about your work style, strengths, and interests. Before you enroll in a school, it’s important to make sure that the school provides the kinds of opportunities that will help you inform your career.

What Kinds of Skills Will I Gain with a Bachelor of Music in Education?

A bachelor of music in education will teach you skills in a couple of different categories. First, you will hone your skills in your instrument so that you can continue to play at a high level. You will also learn about teaching and pedagogy. What is the best way to learn an instrument? How does teaching music differ when you’re working with students of various ages and sensibilities? You will also be exposed to various teaching contexts and community engagement opportunities. As you know from previous study, music skills are taught in sequence. It’s important to know how cognitive development works so that you teach effectively. A bachelor of music in education degree is special because you are gaining knowledge as both student and future teacher.

How Do I Find the Bachelor of Music in Education That is Right for Me?

When looking for a bachelor of music education program, it’s important to find a program with an established reputation and a pool of graduates who are working successfully in the field. A program with a vested interest in collaborative classrooms and one-on-one mentorship will give you an advantage both during your degree and when you enter the job market. You will succeed best in a program that treats you with individual attention and deliberately effective pedagogy. The Frost School of Music has the right program for you.