"I love the community that the music education program has to offer here. I also get to work with the community outside of the school, to observe and to play music in the Burlington area."  Mei Endo '17

Why teach music?

Teachers InspireFor 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.

The Music Department works cooperatively with the College of Education and Social Services to offer this program in Music Education, which leads to both a Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree and licensure for grades Pre K-12.

Learning and Performance

Music students and facultyIn addition to Music Education, Education, and General Education courses, students take private lessons in their primary instrument, study piano, and take courses in music theory and aural skill, music history, music technology, conducting, instrumental and vocal pedagogy. Students also perform in our large and small ensembles.

Teaching Certificate Reciprocity

Students completing UVM's nationally accredited teacher education programs enjoy reciprocity with other states that also participate in the Interstate Contract, a collection of over 50 agreements by states and Canadian provinces. See our Licensure page for more information.

Global Study Abroad Opportunities

An exciting component of the program involves international travel to study music, culture, and music teaching and learning in culturally diverse locations. It is a goal of the program that each student participate in at least one international opportunity. UVM's Office of International Education offers a broad range of resources and support services for students.

Want to learn more?

Visit the full Music Education website.

Major requirements


Is UVM's Music Education Program right for you?

  • Experiential, hands-on learning
  • Passion for learning and teaching music
  • Easy access to a rich music community and resources on and off campus
  • Supportive faculty and peers

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Graduate employment rate



  • Music Teacher (PreK -12)
  • Musical Director
  • Musician
  • Music Tutor

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