Music Education

Music Education

Music EdAre you passionate about music? Do you want to teach and inspire the next generation of musicians? Would you like to teach others how history and culture can shape and impact contemporary music?

Consider studying Music Education to become a classroom music teacher.

Degree Offered

  • Bachelor of Music in Music Education
    • Choral
    • Instrumental

About Music Education

If you are truly passionate about the power of music, a Music Education degree and teacher certification will allow you to share that passion in any educational setting – public school, private school, or studio practice. You’ll develop the knowledge and skills needed to adapt readily to constant changes in the field. You will explore all aspects of music, including performance, theory, history, and teaching techniques. You will get hands-on experience as a student teacher, and receive mentoring from our professors, all veteran educators and practitioners.

  • Get hands-on training through classroom experiences with adults and children in the community
  • Our music education faculty have considerable experience in the K-12 classroom and are active as researchers, clinicians, and leaders in the field of education
  • Study at the nation’s ONLY comprehensive, professional school of music within a women’s liberal arts college
  • Explore your passion at the first women’s college in the world to be named an All-Steinway School
  • Our low 7:1 student/teacher ratio ensures ongoing personal interaction with faculty.
  • Take unique, interdisciplinary courses and honors classes
  • Enjoy a myriad of performance opportunities in a uniquely women-first environment

Study Travel

Music Ed Students

As a Petrie School of Music student, you’ll have opportunities to study and perform both nationally and internationally.

Student Leadership Opportunities

Membership in professional organizations gives you opportunities for networking with future employers and peers. Converse’s Collegiate Chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME)  will allow you to develop leadership skills as a future teacher. One of the highlights of the year for this group is an overnight trip to the SC Music Educators Association annual Professional Development conference. Several of our students traveled to the NAfME conference in Nashville, where they attended the Grand Old Opry!

You will also learn about the importance of arts advocacy with school and government officials. Our students attend the annual Arts Advocacy Day at the South Carolina Statehouse, where they have the opportunity to impress upon South Carolina legislators the importance of music education in our schools.

If you want to pursue a career teaching music in a school setting, our Bachelor of Music in Music Education is the degree for you. Our music education majors graduate with teaching certification and are prepared to teach K-12 choral or instrumental music in public schools or in a private studio environment. When you graduate, you’ll be a versatile, well-grounded, practical musician, having had the performance and educational opportunities offered by Converse’s unique small-college atmosphere.

Our majors concentrate in either choral or instrumental music education. In addition to coursework in such areas as music theory, history, performance studies, piano study, instrumental methods, ensemble participation, conducting, orchestration and teaching methods, you will complete twelve credit hours in student teaching during your final semester.

Student Teaching Internship

During senior year, you’ll have the opportunity to student teach in a local school as a part of the required coursework for this major. Your experience will allow you to gain practical experience in the classroom and will demonstrate to future employers that you’re ready for a career as a music teacher.

Sample Courses

  • Diverse Cultures and Their Music
  • Improvisation and Arranging
  • Composition for Film & Video Games
  • Song Literature
  • General Music: K-12
  • Principles of Harmony and Voice Leading
  • Beethoven and the Age of Revolution
  • Fundamentals of Conducting

For full course requirements, see the academic catalog.

What are common careers in Music Education?

  • K-12 music teacher
  • College professor
  • Band director
  • Orchestra conductor
  • Choral director
  • General music specialist
  • Church music director

What are Music Education alumni doing?

Our graduates are successfully employed in schools, colleges and churches throughout the country and also serve in positions of leadership in their schools, communities and in professional music education organizations.

Grad Schools

  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Louisville
  • Arizona State University


  • Elementary Music Teacher, Reidville Elementary School, Reidville SC
  • Choral Director and Piano Lab Instructor at Rockingham County High School, NC
  • Assistant Professor and Director of Choral and Vocal Studies, Emory and Henry College, Emory, VA
  • Band Director, Dawkins Middle School, Moore, SC
  • Orchestra Teacher, James F. Byrnes High School, Duncan, SC
  • Band and orchestra teacher, Ralph Chandler Middle School, Greenville County, SC
  • Chorus Teacher at Mid-Carolina Middle School, Prosperity, SC
  • Co-director of the WHIN Music Project in New York, NY


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Watch the Video Blog from a Travel-Study trip to Germany

Maggie Haggerty, Music Ed major, joined students from the Converse Orchestra and Converse Chamber Singers to travel to Opennau, Germany to present two concerts at the Festwoche klassischer Musik and get in-depth exposure to German culture and European arts. Watch the video blog…

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