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Music (Choral or Instrumental) Licensure Program K-12

(M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction)

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


Year Graduate Program


Job Placement


Specialties: Instrumental or Choral


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.

What You’ll Study

Foundation courses for teacher candidates in all licensure areas (Exceptional Learners, Schooling in American Society, Psych Foundations, and Comprehension and Content Reading) can be completed in the senior year and/or summer. Fall and Spring courses include specific pedagogy for the teaching of Music, and field experiences. Students complete a Field Experience, usually in a Middle School in the Fall, accompanied by supervision from VT faculty. Students complete student teaching, usually in a High School in the Spring, also with supervision. Cooperating Teachers are selected and trained in supervision, so students experience an environment balanced with challenge and support. Choral or Instrumental licensure will depend on student background and student teaching experience. Elementary experience has been gained through the undergraduate program. 

Career and Professional Development

The VT School of Education Music Education program has a five year record of 100% job placement of graduates. This is based on the reputation and accomplishments of our previous graduates, as well as the fact that the VT program have more hands on experience than any other program in the region. Our students interview with confidence based on their education and their experiences. The majority of the graduates seek and earn positions in secondary schools, some also join the profession at elementary schools. Music education careers vary with the size of the school, which determines the extent of the music program. Music Educators also find careers outside of K-12 schools, in a variety of arts venues. 

Blacksburg Campus

This degree program is offered at the Blacksburg campus. The Blacksburg campus offers students the full services of the university, including an extensive library, technology support, and the Graduate Life Center. 

Our Faculty 

Research Interests

  • Music Teacher Evaluation
  • Instrumental ensemble adjudicator reliability

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
402 Wallace Hall (0565)

School of Education
Public Safety Building, Suite 201 (0313)
330 Sterrett Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061