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Music Education


Bachelor of Music, Music Education


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The School of Music and Dance undergraduate Music Education teacher-training program has been recognized as a California State model curriculum for its innovative design, successful placement of new teachers, and currency in meeting both State and National Content Standards in Music.

100% of our graduates who have completed their degree and credential requirements have been placed in jobs throughout Southern California and beyond.

Students are given a comprehensive approach to the teaching of music through their experiences in the following: theory; aural skills; technology; composition; arranging; conducting; analysis; literature; history; Western and non-Western musical traditions; choral, instrumental and general music methods; Music Education Practicum and on-site lab teaching; and active participation in small and large performance groups.

Music Education students are mentored by over 35 K-12 practicing music educators who voluntarily work with SDSU faculty to insure the currency of the School’s pre-professional training. These master teachers host a variety of student lab teaching experiences on-site in classrooms throughout our county and serve as guest lectures in SDSU Practicum classes.

An audition is required for admission to the BM, Music Education degree program.

The SDSU music education program offers $4500 fellowships to select majors who are selected to assist 8-10 hours per week in area music classrooms. From 2008-2013 The California Music Project supported over 20 music education majors as CMP fellows. We are pleased to continue this model, as it has (1) proven to dramatically increase the confidence, skills and preparation of pre-service music educators and (2) supports area schools with additional trained educators who bring new insights into the classroom.