Music Education

Program Type
Undergraduate Major
Bachelor of Music (BM)
Modes of Study
Blended;In Person

Tuition & fees

Costs include tuition, fees, & other costs such as books. See cost details

Financial aid

On average, 92% of enrolled students who file a FAFSA receive an offer. 91% of offers include scholarships, grants, waiver, and/or work-study. Explore aid

Program duration

Typical completion time: 4 years. Flexible options may save time. Explore options


SAT & ACT scores optional. Audition required. Early action & year-round admissions. View application process & deadlines

Program highlights

  • Gain real-world experience through a student teaching internship where you’ll work with music educator mentors to teach music education.
  • Prepare for a rewarding career driving the future of music education teaching elementary, middle school, or high school students.
  • Learn from a faculty of nationally and internationally distinguished performers, teachers, scholars, and mentors with experience in a comprehensive range of genres.
  • Tailor the program to your talents and interests: Choose to focus on classical or jazz instruments, voice, or composition.
  • Study in a program that is nationally accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
  • Qualify to apply for state certification as a PreK-12 music teacher.
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Driving the future of music education

Our alumni have a 100% job placement rate and are routinely recognized for teaching excellence including being named Maine New Music Teacher of the Year. Along with teaching in public schools in the U.S. and internationally, our graduates hold teaching positions in community music schools, church music programs, and state music educator associations.

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Program requirements

Prepare for a profession deeply committed to inspiring a love for music. Study a multi-level curriculum in music theory, ear training, musicology, applied music, conducting, chamber music and ensembles, in addition to music education methods courses, field work, and teaching internships.

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Faculty of distinguished educators & performers

Our faculty regularly present their work at national and international conferences and publish in practitioner journals and books. They maintain a deep network of professional connections while sharing research results with students and continually advancing best practices in music education.

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K-12 music teacher certification

pon graduation, you’ll qualify for K-12 teacher certification in music education through the Maine Department of Education. Qualifications are transferable for certification in many other states.

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Scholarships for Music Education majors

We offer Merit Scholarships as well as scholarships specifically for Music Education majors. Keep in mind that there are deadlines for all scholarship opportunities. Be sure to apply and audition by each respective deadline.

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Our performance season

Attend and engage in our Faculty Concert Series; the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra; Scholarship Gala; Chamber Singers; University Chorale; Concert Band; our annual musical; opera; ensembles of jazz, vocal jazz, winds, and composers; as well as student recitals, masterclasses, and performances by internationally known guest musicians.

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Do you live in New England?

You may be eligible for a reduced tuition rate, as part of the NEBHE Tuition Break Program.

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Talent of the highest caliber

In order to be accepted into the Osher School of Music and join a group of other talented musicians, students must first audition as part of the application process.

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Next steps

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