Music Learning and Teaching, BMUS

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Are you curious about how people learn music and why people create music? Are you interested in finding ways to help others be successful at learning and creating music that interests them? In our program, you will gain the knowledge and skills you need to help others participate in active music-making.

In the BMUS program in music learning and teaching, students develop skills to become a music educator in a variety of K-12 school and community settings. Coursework and lab participation develops strong pedagogical skills and flexible musicianship, to deepen and broaden student's music making in varied styles and contexts, including contemporary digital music making. They also develop the abilities to facilitate people's music engagement and learning in varied settings.

Upon completion, students can earn a K-12 teaching certification with multistate reciprocity.

At A Glance

Music Learning and Teaching, BMUS

Required Courses

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While circumstances vary between students and their paths towards graduation (utilizing placement testing to fulfill required math or foreign language courses, fulfilling multiple General Studies requirements with one course, etc.), completing the courses listed in a major map fulfills all of the requirements for graduation.

Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Admission requirements

Important: Applicants must submit an ASU application for undergraduate admission in addition to a separate School of Music, Dance and Theatre application. Students should visit for details. Admission to the School of Music, Dance and Theatre is based on an audition. Auditions take place in November (spring admission) and in January and February (fall admission) of each year. Applicants may review audition information at

Admission to the music program is highly selective and based on an audition process. Students are admitted as music audition students and must successfully complete the audition before enrolling in music major courses. Upon admission to both ASU and the School of Music, Dance and Theatre, the applicant's major is changed to music. In the event a student is admitted to ASU but not to the School of Music, Dance and Theatre or misses the audition deadline, the student remains as a music audition major and needs to successfully pass the music audition milestone in the first semester in order to gain admission into the program.

Application Deadlines: Students should visit for complete music deadlines.

Spring admission: The deadline to apply for admission to this program is October 15.

Fall admission: The deadline to apply for admission to this program is January 5.

Career outlook

Graduates are prepared to teach in public and private school music programs that offer a variety of music classes, including general music, choir, band, orchestra, strings, guitar, jazz, music production, music technology and popular music.

Graduates work in various professional or entrepreneurial capacities, including:

  • performing in community and professional ensembles in a variety of styles and traditions or as a freelance musician in venues, such as art galleries, churches, clubs, cruise ships, resorts, restaurants and theme parks
  • presenting school and community programs as artist-in-residence
  • teaching and directing in a private studio or community programs
  • working in music-related fields such as media production, music business, publishing, marketing and education.

Many graduates pursue a master's degree or a doctorate in music learning and teaching, in music or the arts, or in another professional field.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 5.6%$69,690
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education 3.5%$60,940
Entertainers and Performers, Sports and Related Workers, All Other
Special Education Teachers, Secondary School3.2%$62,320
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education3.8%$62,870
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education3.7%$57,860
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education3.6%$60,810
Music Directors and Composers1.7%$52,250
Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners-7.1%$36,810
Musicians and Singers0.9%*

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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