Music Education

Learning to understand and enjoy music builds a vast array of skills that benefits every student. While most music students do not go on to become professional performers, the experience of learning an instrument, performing in a band or choir, and enjoying the challenges and camaraderie as part of these experiences in school, make music education very rewarding.

Program of Study

Indiana University’s music education program is administered through the world-famous Jacobs School of Music. Currently, it offers four areas of emphasis for future music educators:

  • General Music
  • Choral Music
  • Instrumental Music (Band)
  • Instrumental Music (String)

Your music course work will be taught by Jacobs School of Music professors, but you will take education course work that is collaboratively offered by both the Jacobs School of Music and the IU School of Education.

Student Teaching

The program culminates in a semester-long student teaching experience where you’ll test your understanding in real-world situations and refine your strategies for instruction and assessment based on your experiences. The School of Education will help you meet your student teaching requirements and assist with placement.

Degree Requirements

Visit the Jacobs School of Music website to learn about music education degree requirements and how to apply.


When you graduate, you'll be able to apply for an Indiana All School Settings license that enables you to teach at any grade level. Learn more about applying for your initial license »