provides the requirements for Virginia licensure in Music Education. It is designed for students who have completed a Bachelor's degree in Music as well as some additional required experiences.

Campus: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus 

Instructions: Residential/On Campus                    

Music education opens doors that help children pass from school into the world around them - a world of work, culture, intellectual activity, and human involvement. The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music.

-Gerald Ford
1 year graduate program
100% job placement
2 specialities: instrumental or choral
8-15 students, small classes
Our Music Education Program

The Music Education program is a Master’s program that prepares students for high-demand careers as music teachers with a license to teach in elementary or secondary schools. After earning an undergraduate degree in Music, one year of educational methods and successful experience with supervision will provide the background required for you to earn your license.

Why Prepare For Licensure Here?

The Virginia Tech Music Education program provides Master’s students with a strong background in learning, pedagogy, and assessment in small classes. Contemporary educational thought and the best of education practice are provided for each level of K-12 education. The SOE educational values of Equity and Access, Reflective Practice, and Learner Centeredness are modeled and developed throughout the program.

"Virginia Tech School of Education definitely provided me the tools to be successful in my current occupation. The various courses gave an in depth vision of what one may expect and will face in a variety of situations. I felt very prepared for my first job and am honored to be able to have had such great preparation!"

Joseph Millson, Band Director at Cayman International School in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands


Music Teacher Evaluation

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Related Programs

Students interested in applying to the Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with Postgraduate Professional Licensure in Music (M.A.Ed.) should contact Nancy Bodenhorn, by email at


Dr. Nancy Bodenhorn
Program Leader
101 War Memorial Hall.
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0313

School of Education

226 War Memorial Hall

370 Drillfield Drive

Blacksburg, VA 24061