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

Students in the undergraduate music education program develop excellent musicianship, breadth of knowledge in general education and core music areas, and gain extensive knowledge about music teaching methods through classroom instruction. Music education students observe, interact with, and instruct K-12 students in the public schools regularly throughout their preparation, allowing for important “hands on” experience prior to the student teaching semester. Furthermore, music education faculty members often accompany students in their field experiences, giving them immediate and practical feedback about their teaching skills.

As of Fall 2016, music education graduates receive the Bachelor of Music with an Emphasis in Music Education degree (previously students received a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Education).  Music education graduates are certified to teach music in grades K–12, including elementary general music, as well as their choice of secondary instrumental music, vocal music, or both fields. Our music education graduates become successful teachers and performers that are sought by schools in Missouri and beyond, as well as by prestigious graduate programs. For those music education graduates who have sought employment as K-12 music teachers, 100% have successfully attained teaching positions for over two decades.

MU music education faculty members play active leadership roles in international and national organizations devoted to improving preK-12th grade music instruction. They also regularly publish their work in premier research and practitioner journals, and remain actively engaged with music teachers through presentations and clinics.

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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: