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Music Education (Pre K-12)

Bachelor of Music


  • Oxford
  • Major
  • On Campus
Students in a percussion class

Share Your Love of Music

You can choose between programs for choral/general and instrumental music. Both qualify you for licensure for age three through grade 12 in Ohio and many other states. You’ll be well-prepared, with 100 hours of field experiences in urban, suburban, and rural schools before you student-teach.

Contact Info

Chris Tanner, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor

Department of Music

109 Presser Hall, 501 S. Patterson Ave., Oxford, OH 45056


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Learn how to teach music from professors who have extensive classroom experience. Two tracks are available: one for choral/general music and one for instrumental music. Both qualify you for licensure for age three through grade 12 in Ohio. You’ll receive close mentoring and personal attention as you pursue your passion for music education.

Curriculum and Courses

Coursework includes one-on-one applied music lessons, ensemble performance, and courses in music theory and music history. Additionally, the curriculum includes courses designed to prepare you for a career as a teacher. Culminating experiences in the senior year include a solo recital and the student-teaching placement.

  • MUS 101 Theory of Music 1
  • MUS 175 Introduction to Music Education
  • MUS 212 History of Western Music
  • MUS 352 Conducting 1
  • MUS 475 Senior Practicum in Music Education

At Miami, there is something for everyone

Course Catalog

Career Options

Many graduates teach music in elementary and secondary schools, colleges, or work independently as studio teachers.

Additional Opportunities

 At Miami, Music Education majors develop their skills both inside and outside the classroom.

  • Students singing in the Collegiate Chorale


    Music Education majors participate in music ensembles in each semester of residence. Vocalists choose from mixed choir, women’s choir, or Men’s Glee Club. Instrumentalists perform in Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, or Symphony Band.

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  • Miami Music Education major teaching students in their classroom

    Field Experiences

    As a Music Education major, you’ll spend over 100 hours in public schools, prior to your student teaching placement. Here, you’ll gain valuable experience working with current teachers in a variety of settings, guided by your Miami professor.

  • Miami Music students acting and singing on stage

    Enrich Your Experience

    There’s so much to explore and do, beyond your curricular requirements. Sing in the Opera, Compete in Concerto Competition. Play in the Jazz Ensemble, or the Steel Band. Find what sparks your interest, and take advantage of Miami’s diverse opportunities.

    Get Involved

Facts and Stats

Your college experience here will be one of the most exciting times of your life. To make sure of this, we’ll provide you with a powerful support system.

  • 90% First-to-second year retention

    Miami University Data

  • 21st Among Public Universities in the United States for Four-Year Graduation Rate

    The Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac

  • 96% of 2018-2019 graduates who were employed or furthering their education by fall 2019

    Miami University Data

Admission and Aid

This is Where Your Journey to Miami University Begins.

Students interested in Music Education must apply to the Department of Music, in addition to completing their application to Miami University.

An audition is required. Each applied area (voice, piano, flute, etc.) has its own audition requirements.

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