Bachelor of Music Education

The music education degree at the University of Nevada, Reno enhances personal skills as a musician and prepares students for teaching others how to explore their own musical interests and talents. The music education degree is unique in that the result of the program not only enhances the student's personal skills as a musician, providing opportunities for further development, but the program also prepares the student for teaching others how to explore their own musical interests and talents.

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education will receive their degree from the College of Liberal Arts; however, students must also meet certain requirements of the College of Education to qualify for student teaching and state certification. Once the degree program is completed, students are prepared to teach music in a secondary education setting.


The Department of Music at the University of Nevada, Reno also offers a minor in music. The minor program emphasizes the development of an appreciation for different music genres, knowledge of music theory, exposure to the history of music and applied experience in ensemble playing.

Areas of emphasis

  • Instrumental Track
  • Voice Track
  • General Music Education Track

Why student music education at the University of Nevada, Reno?

Students have the opportunity to continually engage and interact with world-renowned faculty and mentors. Small class-sizes and close connections with professors make this music program highly desired.

The Department of Music in the School of the Arts provides students the opportunity to participate in over 25 extraordinary ensembles including band, jazz ensemble, orchestra and voice ensemble.

In addition, the department provides a line-up of amazing guest performers and special events each year such as the Performing Arts Series and the Reno Jazz Festival to provide students with even more opportunity to immerse in music and learn from professional performing artists.

The University Arts Building presents one of the finest acoustic environments for practice, rehearsal and performance in the United States. The building features acoustically tuned practice rooms, large ensemble rehearsal spaces, state-of-the-art recording and electroacoustic compositions labs and the magnificent 280-seat Harlan O. & Barbara R. Hall Recital Hall. Along with the venerable Nightingale Concert Hall and additional teaching spaces in the Church Fine Arts Building, Nevada provides the perfect place to learn, grow and perform.

Internship/career opportunities

Music education majors will develop:

  • Single instrument performance skills sufficient for classroom instruction, accompaniment and tutoring
  • Skills for classroom interaction, designing lesson plans and classroom strategies that will compel students to learn
  • Conducting skills for directing small and large ensembles

Music education majors develop these skills and many more to accompany a music-teaching career. In addition, as part of the education requirements, students will also get real-life experience in the classroom as student teachers.

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