University of Vermont

Department of Music and Dance

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Music Education (Pre K-12 Teacher Education)

Become a music teacher

The Music Department works cooperatively with the College of Education and Social Services to offer a program in Music Education that leads to both a Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree and licensure for grades Pre K-12. The UVM Music Education program maintains an active presence on-campus as well as within Vermont and the northeast. Music Education students learn the musical and pedagogical skill and knowledge needed in today's classrooms. Learn more about the hands-on experiences of students in the B.S. in Music Education.

Why teach music?

For many musicians, becoming a choral, instrumental, and/or general music teacher in a pre-school, elementary, middle, and/or high school setting is a very rewarding career path. If you love music and want to share your enthusiasm and expertise with students, music education is the career for you.

Admission to the program

All prospective music majors must audition before entering the program. Learn more about auditions

What classes will I take?

In their first two years in the program, Music Education majors take Introduction to Music Education, as well as five specific techniques courses (Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, Strings, and Voice) to prepare them for teaching technique and performance practice in these areas. Once these courses are completed, students move on to the three comprehensive pedagogy courses: General Music Methods, Vocal Music Methods, and Instrumental Music Methods. Each of these three course has an associated practicum that represents the students' first teaching experiences in a public school classroom. Music Education majors also take two semesters of conducting and music history, as well as four semesters of music theory. Other classes include General Education courses and education courses in the College of Education and Social Services, as well as private studio lessons, and performance ensembles.

Degree Requirements

Course requirements: Consult the UVM Catalogue.

Observation requirements: In order to meet the state licensing requirement of 60 hours of supervised observation, and successfully complete the B.S. in Music Education Program, students must provide documentation of their observations by submitting to the Music Education Coordinator a Student Observation Form and an accompanying Observation Reflection. Observations are built into your UVM coursework as follows:

Criteria for admission to licensure: Students apply during the second semester of their sophomore year to the licensure portion of the program. At that time students must have:

  • junior standing (60 credits completed toward their degree)
  • completed at least 30 hours of field observation
  • a GPA of at least 2.5 and not be on academic trial
  • a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in music (MU) courses
  • passed a Level III audition on major instrument or voice
  • the recommendation by music faculty (non music faculty may also be included)

Licensure portfolio: In order to successfully complete the B.S. in Music Education Program and be recommended for licensure, students must complete and present their portfolio at a Licensure Roundtable Portfolio Presentation during their final semester at UVM. Read about the requirements for your portfolio.

Additional UVM and state licensure requirements:

  • Piano proficiency examination (typically during the sophomore or junior year; required previous to the teaching internship)
  • 30 hours of elementary observations (K-6th grade) — documented through student observation forms and reflections
  • 30 hours secondary observation (7th-12th grade) — documented through student observation forms and reflections
  • Praxis I (typically during the sophomore year; required previous to the teaching internship)
  • Praxis II (prior to licensure)
  • Formal recommendation for licensure (in last semester)
  • Licensure portfolio roundtable presentation (in last semester)
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher — in major
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher — in all course work

Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation Program

The Music Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation Program (PBTP) is designed for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree in music and who want to become licensed to teach in Vermont. The basic program fulfills the professional education requirements for state licensure.

All applicants to the Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation (Post-Bac) Program must meet the following general entrance criteria:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • A general education background based on those studies known as liberal arts, which embrace the broad areas of the social and behavioral sciences, mathematics,
    biological, and physical sciences, the humanities, and the arts.
  • A demonstrated commitment to working with children and young people and a passion to teach music.
  • A minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 in undergraduate coursework.

Application for admission to music post-bac program (PDF)

Accreditation and standards

The University of Vermont is the only Music Education program in Vermont with National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accreditation, and is fully accredited by The State of Vermont. Read standards for Vermont educators.

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