Bachelor of Music Education & Teaching License

Become a successful music educator through Pacific University's Bachelor of Music Education (BME) + teaching license program.

Pacific University’s Bachelor of Music Education + teaching license program is designed for students whose professional goal is teaching music in Pre-K-12 educational settings and those who aspire to make a difference in students’ lives through sharing their passion for music. Earning a professional degree within a liberal arts context provides students with knowledge, skills, and competencies inherent to the music teaching profession, while at the same time allowing them to grow into well-rounded citizens through the rich, liberal arts-based curriculum.

The BME program provides undergraduate students with paid teaching positions from day one. This is a unique opportunity to practice teaching skills under the close supervision of highly educated and experienced faculty, while working with school-aged students (K-12) within our nationally recognized after-school Music Education Project

Scholarships are available to music and non-music majors who participate in music ensembles.

Pacific University’s Department of Music faculty is among the most active professionals at state, regional, national, and international levels. This provides students with ongoing opportunities to attend, present, and perform at state, regional, and national conferences, and this provides students with a wide range of networking opportunities.

Careers & Outcomes | Music Education

After Pacific | As a graduate of Pacific University with a music education degree, you will be fully prepared for a rewarding career in vocal and instrumental music education.

There are many employment opportunities in Music Education.

  • The demand for qualified music teachers in the United States is unfulfilled. The latest study on the status of music education in the United States highlighted the shortage of qualified music teachers in every state (Give a Note, 2017).
  • With Pacific’s BME and teaching licensure, students will be able to get a music teaching job in their preferred level of schooling, whether that is elementary, middle or high school.
  • This program provides students with the knowledge, skills, and competencies needed for teaching music in any specialty area (e.g., general music, vocal/choir, instrumental).

Our graduates are private- and public-school music teachers, choir and church music directors, Fulbright Scholars, graduate students and professional musicians.


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