​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

Music is a passion … and you want to share it with others. Students who pursue a music education degree gain advanced, comprehensive performance experience while also mastering coursework that leads to teacher certification at the K-12 level. You’ll become adept in music performance, theory, history and pedagogy — music studies that prepare you to teach or gain admission to the most selective graduate programs.

Students work closely with distinguished artists and teachers to develop professional skills, knowledge and strategies for K-12 teaching in music. CMU alumni teach in elementary and secondary schools throughout Michigan and across the United States, in university settings, and in community arts education programs. They also work in a variety of related fields, such as publishing, merchandising and arts management.

The Central Michigan University School of Music is located in a modern 119,000-square-foot facility. You’ll learn, practice and perform in a state-of-the-art 500-seat concert hall with a 61-rank Casavant organ, a 100-seat recital hall, digital audio technology labs, recording facilities and a music resource center.

As a music major, you can live in the School of Music Residential College, surrounded by peers who share your interests and goals.​​

Put Your Degree to Work

Music education majors pursue careers such as:

  • Teaching in public and private K-12 schools
  • Managing and teaching in community and private music programs
  • Management in school arts associations and agencies
  • Music and music education publishing
  • Music and music education merchandising and industry

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
Elementary teacher$53,090 per year12% (188,400 more jobs)
High school teacher$55,050 per year6% (52,900 more jobs)
Administrative services manager$81,080 per year12% (34,200 more jobs)

The jobs shown above are generalist positions rather than music-specific, as listed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

For More Information

Visit the School of Music website or contact:

School of Music
Music Building 162
Email: musicadmit@cmich.edu
Phone: 989-774-3281

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)

Music Education Major: General Music Option

Total: 40 semester hours
Core Courses I
(29 hours)
Music Theory, History, and Literature - 7 semesters of MUS 097.
MUS 097
Recital Attendance
MUS 101
Theory I
MUS 102
Theory II
MUS 103
Sight Singing and Ear Training I
MUS 104
Sight Singing and Ear Training II
MUS 109
Introduction to Music Technology
MUS 201
Theory III
MUS 202
Theory IV
MUS 203
Sight Singing and Ear Training III
MUS 204
Sight Singing and Ear Training IV
MUS 211
Historical Survey of Music I
MUS 212
Historical Survey of Music II
MUS 304
Instrumentation and Scoring
MUS 311
Historical Survey of Music III
Core Courses II
(4 hours)
Music Education
MUS 230
Introduction to Music Education
MUS 333
Music Education in the Elementary Grades
Required Courses
(7 hours)
Applied Study Passage of 300-Level Jury in one applied area is required. Complete one of the following options:
Option A
Option B