Music Education

Bachelor of Music Education, Instrumental/General
Bachelor of Music Education, Vocal/General

In the classroom.The BM in Education degree leads to certification from the State of Missouri to teach music in grades K-12.  Two tracks are available: Choral and General Music, and Instrumental and General Music. 

Dr. Trent Patterson leads this program, with contributions from other full-time faculty members and an army of master practitioners who bring extensive experience to methods and techniques classes.

All music education majors take courses in music theory and history, applied music, teaching pedagogy and techniques, and teaching methods.  Some courses are taken from Webster's School of Education.  At the end of classroom studies, you'll spend a semester student teaching.  We often have a senior or two who student teach in a foreign country!

Says Sara Tremmel (BME '13), "There were many times at Webster when I left the classroom feeling inspired to start making my mark on the world as a music teacher."

A Missouri teaching license is easily transported to other states through reciprocity agreements.

If you plan to major or minor in music you must complete an audition as part of your application to Webster.

Special Study Opportunities

World-renowned soprano Christine Brewer, an international performing artist, is Visiting Professor of Voice at Webster University.  She conducts an annual series of lectures and master classes at the Webster Groves campus.

Student teachers may request an eight-week teaching placement in The Hague (near our campus in Leiden, the Netherlands) or in Vienna, home to legendary composers Beethoven, Mozart and Strauss where Webster has had a campus since 1981.  When student-teaching abroad, you are paired with a teacher in an American-style (filled with embassy, corporate, and military kids), complementing your other eight-week student-teaching placement back at home in the US.  

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