If you are passionate about sharing your love of music with students, whether they are in pre-school or in college, you may want to major in music education. This degree program combines music foundation courses with professional development courses in education so you are ready to teach in a classroom or a private studio. Students may choose to focus on choral music, with courses such as Vocal Diction and Choral Literature, or instrumental music, with courses in Brass, Strings, Percussion, and Woodwind.
When I came to UMHB, I expected to go to school, do work, and get a degree. I didn't realize the opportunities and experiences I would be given in school and throughout the community, as well as the relationships I would build with peers and my professors. My professors became my mentors, supporters, and friends. I know them, they know me, and we can sit and discuss what will allow me to develop my skills for my career.
Why should I choose Music Education?
Music educators help children and young adults develop their musical abilities and appreciation for the fine arts—skills which they can enjoy throughout their lifetimes.
What are some courses I will take?
- World Music
- Intro to Conducting
- Orchestration: Form & Analysis
- Music History
Following God's Voice
Belinda Cancino-Soto graduated from UMHB in 1994 with a Music Education degree. She now serves as the Worship Experience Pastor for Christ Fellowship Church in McKinney, TX. Belinda says, "God used my time at UMHB to shape my heart, my skill and my desire to help influence the next generation of leaders within the church body through worship ministry. I'm certain that the training and education I received as well as the prayers and guidance of so many faithful professors, resident directors, and lifelong UMHB friends contributed to where I am and what I am doing today."
What are some career options?
Music Education majors often work in the following areas:
- Private music instructor
- School music teacher
- Choral director
- Band director
- Orchestra director
Who is hiring UMHB students?
UMHB Music Education students have found success in many different areas:
- Public schools
- Private K-12 schools
- Private universities
- Public universities
- Independent music studios
Where can I go to grad school?
UMHB Music Education students have continued their education at these schools:
- University of Memphis
- University of MIchigan
- Texas State University
- Westminster Choir College
Why study music education at UMHB?
UMHB students receive personal attention from their professors because class sizes are kept small. Music courses and studio classes are taught by experienced faculty members who are committed teachers and musicians; no teaching assistants will be leading your classes!
Music education students have opportunities to get hands-on experience working with young music students through UMHB’s Conservatory of Music. The Conservatory program provides individual music lessons as well as instrumental ensembles and choral groups for more than 400 children and teens from Temple, Belton, and other surrounding communities.