Why earn a bachelor's degree in music education?

Application Deadlines
Feb. 1* | April 15^
Dec. 15
May 1

*Freshman Priority Deadline
^Transfer Priority Deadline

Combine your passion for music with the ability to teach. It's a winning combination that prepares you for a rewarding career as a music teacher at the elementary or secondary level. In recent years, 100% of UND Music Education graduates have found jobs in their field.

The music education program allows you to customize your plan of study according to your specific interests. Your course of study includes:

  • In-depth study in your instrument or voice of emphasis
  • Music theory and aural skills
  • Piano proficiency
  • Music history
  • Instrumental and vocal teaching methods
  • Ensemble participation
  • A full semester of student teaching

The program leads to licensure in your area of emphasis (instrumental or voice/choral) and in general music for students grades K-12.

Music Education at UND

  • Immerse yourself in the classroom with a full semester of student teaching and three semesters of field experience.

  • Perform with our choirs, bands, chamber orchestra or chamber ensembles.

  • Join the National Association for Music Education or the American Choral Directors Association.

  • Perform in recitals and ensemble concerts.

  • The program is accredited by NASM, the National Association of Schools of Music.

Music Education Careers


Recent UND Music Education grads who are employed in positions related to their degree



Average starting salary for local North Dakota teachers

 Grand Forks Public Schools

Music education majors typically find jobs as music teachers in elementary schools and high schools. Some teach general music, while others lead instrumental or choral programs. As a band or choir director at the high school level, you might lead your students around the world in national and international performances and competitions.

Our graduates enjoy a very high employment rate as public school music teachers. In recent years, every graduate looking for a job has found one.

Music Education Courses You Could Take

Leaders in Action

Elijah Gray is gaining responsibility through hard work and dedication to his role as drum major for Pride of the North Band.