Music education students at the University of Washington enjoy in-depth musical study with world class artist-teachers with a range of strengths and areas of interest.
Students in the program enjoy opportunities to conduct school bands, choirs, and orchestras throughout their course of study. They are engaged in school-based teaching projects in the community. Students interested in the science of music may conduct research through the program’s interdisciplinary Laboratory for Music Cognition, Culture, and Learning, which annually hosts visiting scholars in the field of music cognition to work with students in seminar and lecture settings. Students benefit from the program’s close relationship with UW Ethnomusicology, studying world music as an integral part of a program leading to an all-level (K-12) certification as a specialist in instrumental, vocal and general music education.
Undergraduate degrees in Music Education prepare students to teach at the primary and secondary levels. At the graduate level, the School of Music offers both a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degree for individuals seeking advanced professional development or pursuing a career in higher education. Concentrations include choral and instrumental teaching/conducting, music for children, and numerous other areas of musical and educational study.
In addition to degree programs, the UW offers several ways to achieve teacher certification. Each of the programs listed leads to a teaching license in the State of Washington.
- Post Baccalaureate (BM) Certification, Instrumental or Vocal Emphasis
- Master of Arts (MA) plus Certification
Students enrolled in other graduate programs throughout the School of Music may also include teacher certification in their coursework.
In addition to student support distributed by the University of Washington’s financial aid office, the School of Music distributes more than a half million dollars annually in merit- and need-based student support. Graduate teaching assistantships are highly competitive and are granted in all areas of study.
For more information, contact SoMadmit@uw.edu