Music Education at Oregon State University is a dynamic undergraduate degree program that bridges traditions and innovations in music teaching and learning.  Our rigorous curriculum aims to prepare educators to start their teaching careers with a strong foundation of excellent musicianship, pedagogical strategies, and interpersonal skills.   The undergraduate curriculum is designed for students who have not yet earned a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. 

After completing their baccalaureate degree requirements and the prerequisites, students may apply for the Professional Music Teacher Education (PMTE) program. The PMTE program is a fifth-year graduate level program that culminates in an Oregon initial teaching license in music for kindergarten through 12th grade.

Students pursuing music education are required to choose an area of emphasis.

Program OutcomesChoral Emphasis | Instrumental Emphasis |  Meet the Faculty

Outcomes and Dispositions of the OSU Music Education program

1. Our students and graduates are flexible musicians, who have

  • competency in multiple musical styles and traditions
  • strong analytical skills
  • strong aural skills
  • developed abilities on multiple instruments and voice

2. Our students and graduates are flexible practitioners, who

  • adapt their teaching to meet learner needs
  • work as part of a team of educators within and beyond the arts
  • adjust to changing expectations of students, schools, and societies
  • continuously reflect and improve upon their own work

3. Our students and graduates are critical thinkers and consumers, who

  • understand the process of inquiry and knowledge generation
  • develop personal perspectives on contemporary musical and educational issues
  • make informed choices for themselves and students

4. Our students and graduates are purposeful designers, who

  • consider community context and incorporate student interests into curricula
  • employ backward design strategies
  • employ comprehensive musicianship approaches in ensemble classes
  • create effective plans for achieving long-term and short-term goals

5. Our students and graduates are empathetic and responsive individuals, who

  • prioritize people before achievement
  • create inclusive educational environments
  • uphold “fair does not mean equal” values

6. Our students and graduates are healthy and happy professionals, who

  • maintain rich personal and family lives
  • strive toward a sustainable work/life balance
  • model these behaviors for their students

7. Our students and graduates are creators of access to music instruction, who

  • find musical opportunities for all students regardless of ability or socioeconomic status
  • embrace musical diversity in the curriculum
  • establish policies and procedures that increase musical engagement across and within the school community

Choral Emphasis

Application may be made upon acceptance to 300-level individual lessons, completion of MUED 353 and with permission of the faculty program director.

  • MUED 353. Introduction to Music Education (3)
  • MUED 471. Fundamentals of Music for Elementary Classroom Teachers (3)
  • MUED 477. Classroom Instrumental Techniques (2)
  • MUED 478. Techniques for the Vocal Instructor (2)
  • MUP 391–MUP 491. Individual Lessons (1–2) Take 5 credits
  • MUS 140–147. Choral Ensembles (3)
  • MUS 183. Group Lessons: Piano (1)
  • MUS 234, MUS 235, MUS 236. Aural Skills II (1,1,1)
  • MUS 316, MUS 317. Choral Conducting (2,2)
  • MUS 340–MUS 347. Choral Ensembles (1–2) Take 3 credits
  • MUS 399. Special Studies: Choral Conducting Lab (2) 
  • MUS 472. Italian and Latin Diction for Singers (2)
  • MUS 473. German Diction for Singers (2)
  • Junior or Senior Recital (0)

TOTAL = 37

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Instrumental Emphasis

Application may be made upon acceptance to 300-level individual lessons, completion of MUED 353 and permission of faculty program director.

  • MUED 277 (Sects. 001–008). Instrumental Techniques (1) Take 8 credits
  • MUED 353. Introduction to Music Education (3)
  • MUED 471. Fundamentals of Music for Elementary Classroom Teachers (3)
  • MUED 478. Techniques for the Vocal Instructor (2)
  • MUP 390–MUP 496. Individual Lessons (1–2) Take 5 credits
  • MUS 183. Group Lessons: Piano (1)
  • MUS 234, MUS 235, MUS 236. Aural Skills II (1,1,1)
  • MUS 318, MUS 319. Instrumental Conducting (2,2)
  • MUS 350–MUS 360. Instrumental Ensembles (1) Take 6 credits
  • Junior or Senior Recital (0)

TOTAL = 35 

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Music Education Faculty