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The music education program prepares students for careers as innovative music teachers in K-12 schools. 

As a Webster-educated music teacher, you will graduate prepared to continue strong traditions in American music education, and develop confidence responding to the demands of musicianship, teaching and learning in the 21st century. Pursue one of two degree tracks: vocal/general or instrumental/general. Graduate with a Bachelor of Music Education degree and Missouri state licensure. 

Bachelor of Music Education, Instrumental/General

Bachelor of Music Education, Vocal/General

Sharpen your own musicianship through core coursework in music theory, music history, musicianship, and private lessons. Study core principles of educational theory and practice through coursework in Webster’s School of Education.

The music education curriculum encourages students to be intellectually curious, socially conscious, musically versatile educators in a variety of classroom settings. In Introduction to Music Education, first-year students examine their own experiences as music students, think deeply about important theoretical and sociological considerations in music teaching, and develop their own philosophies of music education. Subsequently, students take methods courses that help them build a well-stocked and diverse “toolkit” of teaching techniques and strategies.

Throughout the experience, students spend time in a variety of classrooms in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area, observing and assisting teachers and making connections between concepts covered in coursework and the practical considerations of “real world” music teaching. These field experiences culminate in apprentice teaching, in which students teach alongside master practitioners and gain experiences that prepare them for success in their own classrooms.

Music education majors study with faculty members who are experienced teachers, dynamic artists, and devoted scholars. Small class sizes allow these professors to tailor instruction and students’ individual strengths, needs, and interests.

If you plan to major or minor in music, you must complete an audition as part of your application to Webster. Check out our audition requirements and submit your application today.


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