Instrumental Music Education

‌Students in this program gain the skills needed to teach students to play brass, woodwind, string and percussion instruments. Music teachers are able to share that knowledge with learners in grades K-12 and are also prepared to teach general music courses, helping their learners develop a greater appreciation of music in all its forms. Musical training can reduce stress; improve memory; increase time management, organizational and team-building skills; and improve overall academic performance. In this program, you will:

  • Gain the knowledge and skills to have a positive impact on students in the K-12 classroom
  • Become part of a supportive network of fellow students, alumni and faculty that will inspire and sustain you throughout your career
  • Learn from expert faculty currently active in the K-12 classroom who are here to help you shape your path to your own classroom

What you can earn

Where you will learn

  • On-campus (St. Thomas)

When to start

Enroll in Fall, Spring or Summer terms.

 License + MA

License: 24+

MA:        34+


For the License:

TEGR 510   Education's Place in Society
TEGR 511   Field Experience I: Exploration
TEGR 512   Diverse Learners and Families
TEGR 530   Psychology for Teaching and Learning
TEGR 532   Field Experience II: Learning & Teaching
EDUC 207   Early Elementary Music Methods PK-2
EDUC 307   Intermediate Elementary Music Methods 3-5
EDUC 314   Secondary Music Methods 6-12
EDUC 418   Choral/Instrumental Music Methods
TEGR 542   Field Experience III: (K-12) Music
CIED 551   Technology for Instruction
TEGR 660   Clinical Practice & Seminar: Student Teaching
Instrumental Music Requirements (if not taken as undergraduate)

For the License + MA (add the following to the License):

CIED 500   Principles of Educational Research
Electives (7 credits)

Full course catalog with descriptions


Find current course offerings

Instrumental Music Requirements
EDUC 110   Introduction to Music Education MUSC  231   Introduction to Conducting I
EDUC 218   Tchg Techniques Brass Family [Fall-Even] MUSC 232   Introduction to Conducting II
EDUC 220   Tchg Techniques Percussion Family [Spr-Even] MUSC 233   Music of the World: Aural & Written Tradition
EDUC 221   Tchg Techniques Woodwind Family [Spr-Even] MUSC 341   Theory Elective: Musicianship Pedagogy for Music Educators
EDUC 324   Tchg Techniques String Family [Spr-Odd] MUSC 411   History & Literature of Music I
EDUC 362   Vocal Pedagogy for Singers [Fall-Even] MUSC 412   HIstory & Literature of Music II
MUSC 354   Advanced Conduction & Materials: Instr. MUSN 185 or 186   Ensemble (6 semesters) see catalog for selection guidelines
MUSC 001   Student Convocation Hour (6 semesters) MUSP 103   Skills for Piano Proficiency piano majors only
MUSC 101   Piano Skills I MUSP 3xx   Performance Studies (6 semesters)
MUSC 102   Piano Skills II MUSR 200   Piano Proficiency
MUSC 113   Music Theory I MUSR 270   Level I Recital
MUSC 114   Music Theory II MUSR 350   Level II Recital
MUSC 133   Music of the U.S.: Aural & Written Traditions PHYS 105   Musical Acoustics
MUSC 140   Music Media  
MUSC 201   Piano Skills III  
MUSC 202   Piano Skills IV  
MUSC 213   Music Theory III  
MUSC 214   Music Theory IV  


  1. Candidates for this degree have:
    • A Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • A cumulative minimum undergraduate G.P.A. of 3.0 (4.0 scale). If below 3.0, please reference our provisional admission policy.
  2. Submit the following application materials:
    • Application form
    • Two positive letters of reference from non-related individuals
    • Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work (unless that work was completed at the University of St. Thomas)
      • Submit transcripts to: Graduate Admissions, University of St. Thomas, Box 5, 1000 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403
    • Personal statement.
  3. Submit the supplementary materials:
    • Official test scores
      • Each of our programs uses an assessment to assist in making admissions decisions. Specific requirements can be found here.
      • If you have questions regarding this requirement, please email us directly at
    • International Applicants:
    1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) required for any candidate whose primary language is not English.
    2. Transcript Review: All international transcripts must be reviewed by an accredited evaluation service to determine U.S. equivalency of the degree awarded and the institution awarding the degree. Applications will not be reviewed for admissions until the official review is submitted.

Ongoing Professional Development

Whether networking with leaders in the field of education reform, acquiring new tools to identify early warning signs of mental illness in your classroom, or simply catching up on the latest offerings in children’s literature, annual events and conferences in the School of Education offer a variety of networking and professional development opportunities. Most events include a CEU component.


Mentored Clinical Practice

The dedicated faculty and staff in the Teacher Education program will work with you to ensure that your clinical practice experience (student teaching) will meet your needs and facilitate your growth, both personally and professionally. Throughout your time student teaching, regularly scheduled seminars with faculty and peers offer the opportunity to form a strong professional network as you prepare to enter the field.


Community Partnerships

The School of Education takes pride in engaging in innovative partnerships with a variety of organizations. Students in the School of Education will find many opportunities for professional growth as a result of working these organizations. Partnership examples include the Northwest Suburban Integration District, Center for Academics and Sports, FAIR School and the Collaborative Urban Educators program.