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Program Overview

Introduce music to the next generation by joining the Music Education program. You will receive a comprehensive education in instrumental and vocal music that nurtures your artistic strengths. The curriculum includes courses in music theory and history, as well as opportunities for lessons and ensembles.  Each semester will involve lessons in your primary instrument or voice and ensembles. With the College of Education, you will apply your knowledge and share your enthusiasm for music with students in a classroom setting. Alongside your Bachelor of Music degree, you will obtain licensure in teaching music, opening the door for career opportunities in public and private schools nationwide.

Tom Reed giving a saxaphone lesson
Delivery Format

In Person

Credit Hours


Time to Complete

4 years


Learning Experiences

During your time in the Music Education program, you can:

  • Gain valuable firsthand experience with music as both a student and educator, culminating in a student internship and teacher licensure.
  • Receive mentorship from renowned faculty with extensive knowledge and enthusiasm for the art of music.
  • Benefit from significant, talent-based scholarships available to music majors, minors and other program participants.
  • Join and learn from small musical ensembles to further your own artistic abilities.
  • Perform with Ashland University bands and choirs on international tours of Germany, Italy, Austria and Spain.
AU Monument in the fall leaves

How Do I Know if This Program Is Right For Me?

Are you passionate about music and dedicated to shaping the next generation of musicians? Do you find joy in teaching and inspiring others to explore the world of music? If so, a degree in Music Education with Teacher Licensure could be the perfect fit for you. This program offers a unique opportunity to combine your love for music with the skills and knowledge needed to become a licensed music teacher. If you have a deep appreciation for music and a desire to share that passion while making a positive impact in students’ lives, then pursuing a degree in Music Education with Teacher Licensure may be the ideal path for you.

Oboe players in the AU Wind Ensemble

Sample Curriculum

For additional information about the Music Education curriculum, view the Four-Year Curriculum Guide and Academic Catalog.

Dean's Scholarship

The Dean's Scholarship was created to enhance the undergraduate academic experience for new first-time and transfer students enrolled in a major within the College of Arts & Sciences. It is a merit-based, renewable scholarship of $1,500 that can be "stacked" on top of other awarded AU academic scholarships. In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in unique academic communities with a focus on career coaching and preparation.


Admission to the Music Education program requires an entrance audition, which also determines the recipients of talent-based scholarships.

Students performing in the choir

Can You Give Me a Glimpse of My Future?

Career placement for music educators is high, with most of our graduates securing teaching positions within one year of graduation.

Contact Information

Ron Blackley, D.M.A.
Ron Blackley, DMA
Chair, Music and Theatre Departments; Director, Choral Activities; Professor of Music
209 Center for the Arts