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?


Grace Cummings, Professor of Vocal Music

The last part of Zephaniah 3:17 says, “He will rejoice over you with singing.” God is a musician! As music teachers, we have the privilege of passing the gift of song and music-making to children, young people, and even adults. What a joy to be in the field of Music Education! I’m sure it delights the heart of God.


Natalie Jackson, Music Education '19

“What I love about being a Music Education Major is that even while learning all of the skills needed to teach, I am still pushed to grow in my own musicianship and my walk with Christ.”




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