Music Education Bachelor Degree and Programs

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Making a living in music as a performer is difficult. But more opportunities to have a viable career in music may be available to those who have the talent and desire to teach others about music. If you pursue a bachelor's degree in music education, you may be able to combine those two statements into a steady and fulfilling career.

Courses for a bachelor's degree in music education typically include musicology, musical theory and pedagogy of music. Remember: you must become not only an expert in music, but an expert in teaching. Your future students deserve nothing less.

It may also be a good idea to think about what grade level you would ideally like to teach, and take specialized courses in that area. For example, if you know that you want to teach music to children, take a child psychology course.

Pursuing a degree program in music education can now be done through online education. Because students can learn from teachers all over the world, online education can be an especially appealing option.

At the elementary school level, the median salary for teachers in 2015 was $54,890. At the middle or junior high level, it was $55,860. And for music teachers at the postsecondary level, the median salary was $65,340 while the top 10 percent earned more than $129,150, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


  1. Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015, Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes252021.htm
  2. Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015, Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes252022.htm
  3. Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015, Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes251121.htm

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