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Music Education Program

Music Education

Earn your Virginia Music Education Licensure (Choral or Instrumental) and an M.A.Ed. degree

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Dynamic, Robust Program

The Music Education Program faculty strive to identify and recruit talented and knowledgeable choral or instrumental teacher candidates, especially from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. We provide students with a variety of field experiences and other simulations that allow them to develop and practice teaching skills with a close focus on practices that support learning for diverse music students.

We have 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 has 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. 


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 "best" instructional practices are provided for each level of K-12 education.

The School of Education's values of Equity and Access, Reflective Practice, and Learner Centered Instruction are modeled and developed throughout the program.


The Music Education Program utilizes cohort model. The cohort model is designed to facilitate social interaction, collaboration, and the formation of a supportive learning community.

Students in cohorts learn from and help each other with the successful completion of coursework and professional networking. Students who participate in cohort models generally report a strong sense of belonging and are more likely to complete their programs of study in a timely manner.

Program Deadline

December 1

Students typically enter the program either through dual enrollment or accelerated status in the spring semester of their senior year or in the summer immediately following.

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Dr. Catheryn Foster smiles confidently into the camera. she wears a light blue blouse. She has brown hair and blue eyes
Dr. Catheryn Foster, Assistant Professor of Practice of Music Education and Program Leader



Our Music Education Teacher Preparation Program is approved by the Virginia Department of Education. The Music Education Program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.