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BM Music Education

The Bachelor of Music in Music Education at Portland State University will provide you with a thorough music foundation, with specialized coursework in instrumental and vocal methods, conducting, rehearsal techniques, orchestration, and literature. You’ll train to become a music teacher in the K-12 setting and choose between our choral and instrumental music education tracks.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in: January, April, September
Tuition Fee: $666 per credit
Location: Portland Campus (Portland, United States)

Completing this Bachelor of Music in Music Education at Portland State University will give you the necessary skills to pursue graduate teacher certification and placement as a music teacher in the public school system. Our alumni are accepted into top music education graduate programs and find unparalleled success landing jobs as music teachers in K-12 schools. Join them in this fulfilling field.


Most of our alumni go on to grad school or a career as an educator in K-12 schools. Recent graduates who also completed PSU’s Graduate Teacher Ed Program (GTEP) have enjoyed 100% placement in music education jobs upon graduation.

Following your bachelor’s degree, PSU offers a one-year teaching certification program. Recent graduates have earned teaching positions in districts throughout the region including Portland Public, Beaverton, Vancouver, North Clackamas, Salem-Keizer, Lake Oswego, and many others. Some are teaching music in schools throughout the U.S. and even abroad.


Courses Included

  • Music Theory
  • Sight-Singing/Ear Training
  • Composition
  • Advanced Class Piano
  • Music History: 20th Century
  • Orchestration
  • Counterpoint