Was it an elementary school teacher who turned you on to music?
Or a middle or high school band director?
Or perhaps the choir director at your church?
No matter who influenced your passion for music, one thing is for sure – music teachers can change lives.
To join the teaching ranks takes years of training and the Frost School’s Department of Music Education and Music Therapy will prepare you well. Our undergraduate music education degrees will certify you to teach choral, instrumental, and general music at the elementary and secondary school levels.
Four years of study are required on your principal instrument/voice as well as participation in Frost School of Music ensembles. The program emphasizes music theory, musicology, conducting, music education methods and techniques courses, field experiences, and internships at elementary and secondary levels. Through your study, you’ll also gain an understanding of the processes involved in musical development and learning, as well as the techniques and materials needed to facilitate successful interactions with students, K-12.
Professional Education and Music Education courses require both observations of and active participation in elementary and secondary school classrooms. The undergraduate program culminates in a complete semester of full‑time teaching in a public school setting, with experience at both the elementary and secondary levels.
MUSIC EDUCATION SPECIALIZATIONS
Students wishing to major in Music Education/Jazz Emphasis develop their skills in jazz performance, improvisation, and pedagogy in addition to traditional performance, while earning certification as a music teacher. Students admitted to this program must successfully complete both classical and jazz auditions. The program, which may require one additional summer of study, combines the essential features of the Music Education Program and the Studio Music and Jazz Program.
Students may choose a double major in Music Education/Music Therapy. This program allows students to work toward certification as music teachers and board certification as music therapists. Two internships are required – one in music education and one in music therapy – making this a five-year program.
MORE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE - JUST ASK!
To inquire about music education degrees at the University of Miami, please contact our Music Education Undergraduate Program Director:
Dr. Carlos Abril
To inquire about music therapy degrees, contact our Music Therapy Program Director:
Shannon de l'Etoile, Ph.D.
For more information please visit: UM Music Therapy Website
We look forward to discussing a possible future with you here at the Department of Music Education and Music Therapy at the University of Miami Frost School of Music!