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Music Education

B.S. in Music Education leads to New York State certification to teach vocal and instrumental music in kindergarten through grade 12 and is accepted in most states.

Program Highlights


You will complete a student teaching assignment and observe in classrooms.


All music education majors participate in an ensemble.


You will be certified in New York state and most other states to teach music grades K through 12.

B.S. Program Credits: 128

Liberal Arts Credits: 60

Major/Concentration Credits: 65 (Voice) or 68 (Instrument)

Standard Completion Time
Four Year Program


What Will I Learn?

The Music Education degree provides a well-rounded preparation in musical performance, theory, history, piano skills, conducting, instrumental/vocal methods, music education methods, general education, field observations, and student teaching field experience.

Where Can It Take Me?

Student Teaching Placements

  • Churchville Chili
  • Albion
  • McQuaid Jesuit
  • Charles Finney
  • Northstar Christian Academy
  • Kendall
  • Brockport
  • Hilton
  • Spencerport
  • Greece Olympia
  • Penfield
  • Rochester City Schools
  • Rochester Prep
  • Urban Choice Charter
  • School of the Arts


  • K - 12 Music Teacher
  • Private Studio Teacher
  • Arts Administrator/Manager
  • College professor
  • Clinician/presenter
  • Adjudicator
  • Conductor
  • Music theorist
  • Musicologist
  • Ethnomusicologist
  • Community, school, or university arts director
  • Student teaching overseer
  • Teaching assistant supervisor
  • Graduate research advisor
  • Chair of music department
  • Orchestra personnel manager
  • Music therapist
  • Composer/arranger
  • Film Scoring

Graduate Schools Our Graduates Have Attended

  • Eastman School of Music
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Buffalo
  • Roberts Wesleyan College
  • Nazareth College
  • University of Tennessee

Alumni Success

alumni Janette LaBarre

Janette LaBarre '07 and '09

B.S. Music Education
Roberts Wesleyan College ‘07

M.M. Music Education
Roberts Wesleyan College ‘09

M.A. Music Leadership
Eastman School of Music '19

alumni Erin Nettleton

Erin (Delaney) Nettleton '14

B.S. Music Education
Roberts Wesleyan College ‘14

M.M. Music Performance
University of Connecticut '18

alumni Joshua Meyer

Joshua Meyer '15

B.S. Music Education
Roberts Wesleyan College ‘15

Staff Sergeant in the 198th Army Band

alumni Roy Smith

Roy Smith '05

B.S. Music Education
Roberts Wesleyan College ‘05

M.M. Trumpet Performance and Literature
Northwestern University '07

alumni Julie Smith

Julie (Davis) Smith ‘07

B.S. Music Education
Roberts Wesleyan College ‘07

M.M. Flute Performance
University of North Carolina at Greensboro ‘10

Alden Snell ‘01

Assistant Professor of Music Education

Eastman School of Music


Faith Amour ‘09

Professional Jazz Singer
Owner of Arvelis Music

a company providing professional musicians for weddings, private & corporate events

Adrienne Meyer, MS, MT-BC ‘08

Music Therapist
Project Coordinator and Intern 

Hochstein Music School Expressive Arts Department

Taylor Johnson '13

Music Teacher

Rochester City School District

Who Will I Meet?


Adam Potter, Director of Choral Activities

Dr. Adam Potter is a former high school choral music educator. Following his public school teaching career, he earned his Ph.D. in choral conducting and music education from the Florida State University College of Music, where he studied choral music with Judy Bowers, Kevin Fenton, and André Thomas and music psychology and research methods with William Fredrickson, John Geringer, and Clifford Madsen. A passionate teacher of pre-service music educators, his former students are employed in public schools, private schools, churches, and community choruses throughout the country. He continues to work with learners of all ages through an active schedule of guest conducting, ensemble adjudicating, and conference presenting in the United States and abroad. At Roberts, he conducts the Chorale, Women’s Choir, and Men’s Chorus and teaches coursework in choral conducting and vocal music education methods.


Dr. Dina Alexander, Professor of Music Education

Dina Alexander is Director of Music Education at Roberts Wesleyan College and teaches music education-related coursework, and Aural Skills I & II. Prior to teaching at the collegiate level, she taught public school music education for more than two decades. The remarkable musical achievements of her 4th and 5th grade students garnered interest from educators around the world. Dr. Alexander has presented research and workshops on effective music teaching practices, and intrinsic motivation in music education, throughout the US and Europe.




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