Music Education (M.A.Ed.)
Who We Are
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.
What We Offer
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. Graduates seek and earn positions secondary and elementary schools. Music educators also find careers outside of K-12 schools, in a variety of arts venues.
Want to Study With Us?
Students who possess or are in the process of completing an undergraduate degree in music (i.e., B.A. in Music, B.S. in Music Performance) are encouraged to apply. Each plan of study is tailored to the needs of the individual student.
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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 Cohort Model and its Benefits
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.
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.