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Music Education

Make a difference in the classroom

Receive comprehensive instruction in musicianship and pedagogy, so you can share your love of music with others by learning to teach instrumental, choral and classroom music to students in grades PK-12. You will learn contemporary methodology to teach a culturally responsive curriculum in any educational setting.

  • 100%

    of recent graduates have found jobs in the field

  • 100%

    of majors gain field experience their first year at UD

  • 16

    large vocal and instrumental ensembles for your participation

High-Quality Education

  • Be Prepared for Any Classroom
  • Student Research
  • Hands-On Learning and Field Experience
  • Students develop the skills to teach band, orchestra, choir or elementary music. They choose a specialization in vocal or instrumental music. Upon graduation, they are certified to teach K-12 music, with a credential that is recognized in 41 states.

    For his honors thesis, Caleb Vanden Eynden '20 interviewed some of Dayton’s legendary funk musicians and explored how to bring their music to his classroom.

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    Through our partnerships with local music educators, students gain classroom experience beginning their first year in a variety of school settings, including Catholic schools, a suburban elementary school and the choral program at Dayton’s Stivers School for the Arts. Field experiences also include conducting music at local high schools, coaching and conducting bands for senior adults.


    Visit Campus

    Interested in learning more about music education? We'd love to meet with you. Schedule an academic appointment by calling our department at 937-229-3936. You can also choose to schedule a general campus tour and admission presentation.

    Featured Programs and Initiatives

    Ohio Collegiate Music Educators Association

    OCMEA provides music education students with opportunities to explore, discuss and learn about the field by sharing the knowledge and experience of professionals. Music education students attend the annual OMEA Professional Development Conference, where they gain practical knowledge and make professional connections.

    New Horizons Band

    Music education majors get opportunities to develop their conducting skills with the New Horizons Band, a group of older adults learning instruments for the first time.

    Auditions and Scholarships

    Students who wish to be admitted into a Bachelor of Music degree program must complete an audition. Scholarship opportunities are available and awarded to students who participate in audition day.

    Ensembles and Performance Opportunities

    A variety of instrumental and vocal ensembles allow students the opportunity to perform regularly on and off campus.

    Experiential Learning

    Real-World Experience

    Through practical learning opportunities like internships and co-ops, you can build your resume, gain practical experience and prepare for a successful career.


    Department of Music

    Fitz Hall, Room 475
    300 College Park
    Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2946


    students or fewer in music education courses