Music Learning and Teaching, BMUS

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The BMus program in music learning and teaching is an innovative 120 credit hour degree program designed to prepare students for successful careers as leaders in music learning and teaching in a variety of K-12 school and community settings. Upon completion, students earn a K-12 teaching certification with multistate reciprocity.

Coursework and lab participation help students develop strong musical skills and flexible musicianship, and to deepen and broaden their music making in varied styles and contexts, including contemporary digital music making. Students also develop skills and understandings to facilitate peoples' music engagement and learning in varied settings.

Program Offered

Music Learning and Teaching, BMUS

Offered by
Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts


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Application Deadlines
Spring 2020: October 15, 2019
Fall 2020: January 5, 2020

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Career Outlook

Graduates are prepared to teach in public and private school music programs that offer a variety of music classes, including general music, choir, band, orchestra, strings and other innovative music programs.

Graduates also are prepared to work in various professional or entrepreneurial capacities, including:

  • performing in community and professional ensembles in a variety of styles and traditions or as a freelance musician in venues such as art galleries, churches, clubs, cruise ships, resorts, restaurants and theme parks
  • presenting school and community programs as artist-in-residence
  • teaching in a private studio or community program
  • working in music-related fields such as media production, music business, publishing, marketing and education

Many graduates pursue a master's degree or a doctorate in music or in another professional field.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education 7.4%$57,160
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$59,170
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education7.9%$54,230
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$57,720
Music Directors5.7%$50,590
Musicians, Instrumental6%*

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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