Music Education

  • Bachelor of Music

In-Person Plus at:

  • Castleton, VT

In Person Plus programs are In Person with options for cross-campus classes and flexibility for remote study.

In Vermont State University’s Bachelor of Music in Music Education program, you’ll learn everything you need to know to bring your talents as a musician to the next generation. With courses on everything from hands-on education in instrumental and choral music to instruction in general music methods, you’ll graduate with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to stand out in the job market and become a successful teacher.

Our expert faculty will help you master essential skills, and then guide you through the State of Vermont certification process. Successful completion of the program leads to recommendation for Vermont Educator Licensure with an endorsement in music education (PK-12).

Why Study Music Education at Vermont State?

  • Tailored to your goals: We can tailor your music education degree to fit your goals. You will work closely with a faculty advisor to take the classes that are most meaningful to your professional goals. Our music department offers courses for both vocal and instrumental music at every level, PK-12.
  • Hands-on experience: Throughout your four years, you will spend time inside and outside of the classroom with hands-on experiences and time in local public schools.
  • On-campus opportunities: When you’re on campus, you will have numerous opportunities to participate in ensembles. These range from the traditional choral and wind ensembles to spirit band, jazz ensemble, and a student-run a cappella group.
  • Excellent job placement: The Vermont State music education program has a long history of excellent job placement for our graduates, and we are ready to help you foster professional connections in Vermont and beyond.
  • Established credentials: Our Music Department maintains membership in the National Association of Music Educators and the Vermont Music Educators Association.
  • Partnerships with local schools: We have strong partnerships with our local schools, and you will have the opportunity to observe lessons from experienced educators in the field, and partner with a cooperating teacher for your student teaching experience.

Financial Aid for Music Education Students

Vermont State University is providing a high-quality, affordable degree in music education to students across Vermont and beyond. More than 80 percent of Vermont State students are awarded financial aid, including new students, transfer students, international students, out-of-state students, and first-generation students. Our financial aid team is here to help you explore all your options.

Internships & Jobs in Music Education

We offer several opportunities for you to gain practical skills in music education through internships, student teaching, career coaching, and more.

  • Before beginning your student teaching, you will spend up to seventy-five hours learning from practicing educators and observing a variety of music classrooms.
  • Three of your courses are focused on student teaching. You will be getting hands-on experience teaching lessons and managing a classroom, while receiving guidance and support from a qualified cooperating teacher and university supervisor.
  • You will have numerous opportunities to participate in ensembles — from our traditional choral and wind ensembles to marching band, jazz ensemble, and our a cappella group.
  • Recently, students have traveled to conferences and performances in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Nashville, Providence, and Philadelphia to hear outstanding ensembles from around the world.

Student Stories

A woman in a cheerleading uniform leans back clutching a trumpet to her mouth in a stadium.

“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 ’21