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Undergraduate Degrees in Music Education

Share your passion for music through the art of teaching.

Our Bachelor of Music in Music Education will teach you to instruct instrumental, choral or general music and fulfills requirements for the K-12 Virginia music teaching license. Through reciprocity agreements, you can fulfill the requirements necessary for certification in most other states.

Study in music education begins in the first semester. Our commitment to experiential learning puts you at the center of the experience. Through hands-on workshops, observations, field experiences and teaching practicums, you’ll learn to effectively teach music. And while learning the art of music teaching, you’ll also study and perform with the highest quality private instructors and ensemble conductors.

What Our Program Offers You

Our graduates are leaders in the field of music education. They serve as music educators, music supervisors and music researchers across the country.

 What makes our program unique?

Shenandoah Conservatory has been a leader in music education since 1875, graduating 1,400 music education students in the past 50 years. You’ll learn through conservatory-based, hands-on experiences, and study with music education faculty who are committed to to your professional development.

Through small classes and relationships with faculty mentors who have professional experience as public school music educators, you’ll develop and hone your skills in music, performance and teaching. This relationship-centered approach to professional mentoring will provide you with the practical experience you need to gain confidence and expertise in the classroom.

Workshops in Music Education

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Stephanie Standerfer

Conservatory Academics Division
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David Zerull

Professor of Music (Music Education)
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Conferences & Institutes

Shenandoah University Conservatory reaches out to the community by offering various special programs throughout the year and during the summer. 

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Shenandoah University celebrates the 10-year anniversary of its Global Citizenship Project (GCP)

Shenandoah University’s Global Citizenship Project (GCP) was conceived 10 years ago when the estate of Dr. Nancy Larrick Crosby, a former trustee and friend of the university, made a generous contribution to Shenandoah to use to further its mission in a meaningful… Read More

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