Senior secondary education ( music ) student Sean Hayes teaches at Lee Elementary in Columbia.

Music (Music Education)

The music education degree program is designed for students who wish to become school music teachers.  Graduates will be certified to teach music to children in kindergarten through twelfth grade, including elementary general music and either secondary instrumental or vocal music.  MU music education students become successful teachers and performers who are sought after by schools in Missouri and beyond, as well as by prestigious graduate programs. Students enhance their musicianship by taking private lessons and participating in ensembles, and acquire a breadth of knowledge through coursework in general education, professional education and core music areas.  They develop skills related to music teaching and rehearsing in their music education classes, which are accompanied by observing, interacting with, and instructing students in the public schools. This allows for important hands-on experience prior to the full semester of student teaching. The faculty members who teach music education courses are active professionals who publish research in prestigious journals, and play leadership roles in international and national organizations devoted to improving prekindergarten through college-level music instruction.    

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Common Career Paths

You can do nearly anything with a Mizzou degree, but here are some common career paths taken by graduates of this major: