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Music Education

Music Education
Music students read their music during class.

Instill a love for music in your classroom

DePaul’s Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree prepares you to teach instrumental and vocal music in kindergarten through 12th grade in urban and suburban education settings, including public and private schools.

As part of the Music Education degree program, you’ll:

  • Learn educational theories from distinguished music educators with strong practical experience;
  • Master the ability to use rehearsal techniques, principles and strategies for teaching voice, instruments and ensembles; and
  • Gain familiarity with appropriate literature for various levels of orchestra, band, chorus and music classes.

Music Education students refine their skills and knowledge during their junior year through a partnership with Chicago Public Schools. And during senior year, students work with master teachers throughout the Chicago metro area while student teaching.

Prior to graduation, the School of Music's Office of Career Planning and Placement will work closely with you to prepare a portfolio that will be used in your job application process. Upon graduation, you’ll receive Illinois K-12 Music Teacher Certification.



  • Accompanying
  • Clinical Experiences with Children and Youth
  • Conducting
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Instrumental Methods and Lab
  • Instrumental Techniques
  • Music Methods and Lab
  • Vocal Methods and Lab

Career Options

Common Career Areas

  • Choir director
  • College/conservatory/university music educator
  • Elementary/primary school music teacher
  • Music education supervisor
  • Private instructor
  • Secondary school music teacher ​

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