Music Education, B.M.

As a student in Vermont State’s Music Education B.M. program, you’ll have the courses and hands-on experiences you need to elevate your abilities and take your talents to the classroom. Our music program combines a foundation in instrumentation, choral music, and general music methods with real-world performing and teaching to prepare you to stand out in your career.

In this music major, our small classes and student-focused professors will motivate you to experiment with your art, collaborate with peers, and work toward your dreams. Our B.M. major has an excellent job placement record for our students, and the faculty will guide you through Vermont’s teacher certification process. You’ll graduate ready to pursue rewarding music jobs and share your skills with the next generation.

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Heidi Welch

Program Coordinator for Music Education


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Why Study Music Education at Vermont State?

  • Tailored to Your Goals: You’ll work with your faculty advisor to take classes most relevant to your professional goals. Vermont State offers courses for vocal and instrumental music at every level, PreK-12.     
  • Established Credentials: Our program is a member of the National Association of Music Educators and the Vermont Music Educators Association. You can participate in activities of student chapters of these organizations.    
  • Partnerships with Schools: We have strong collaborations with local schools, so you’ll have opportunities to observe and work with professionals in the field.       
  • Campus Ensembles: Vermont State has a number of campus groups you can join: traditional choral and wind ensembles, our a cappella group, a jazz ensemble, and our Spartan Spirit Band. 

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Sample Courses

  • Foundations of Music Education 
  • Methods of Teaching General Music 
  • Woodwind Teaching Methods 
  • Brass Teaching Methods 
  • Percussion Teaching Methods 
  • Choral Teaching Methods 
  • Instrumental Music Pedagogy and Literacies

Student Stories

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“Music is something that never leaves your heart. Even though I began as a different major, music was always there. I am excited to become a teacher so I can hopefully inspire the next generation to work hard and pursue their dreams as well.”

Carley Patch

Meet Our Faculty

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Program Coordinator of Music

  • Castleton Campus


  • Castleton Campus

Piano Instructor

  • Castleton Campus

Instructor of Voice

  • Castleton Campus

Coordinator of Instrumental Studies and Arts Recruitment

  • Castleton Campus

Voice & Vocal Pedagogy Instructor

  • Castleton Campus

Program Coordinator for Music Education

  • Castleton Campus

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