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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

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


Courses and groups required for the Music Education program include:

  • Music Theory I
  • Class Piano I
  • Aural Skills I
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Participation in ensembles (marching band, choir, etc.)

More information can be found in the Four-Year Curriculum Guide and Academic Catalog.


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

Students performing in the choir

Career Opportunities

The many career opportunities with a degree in music education include:

  • Music Teacher
  • Professional Performing Musician
  • Music Agent
  • Church Musician
  • Instrument Sales Representative


Oboe players in the AU Wind Ensemble

Contact Information 

Ron Blackley, DMA
Chair, Music and Theatre Departments
209 Center for the Arts