Music Education Program

Kate Pollard Teaching

Study Music Education

Music Education degrees are 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. The Department of Music at UNR offers the Bachelor of Music, Music Education and Master of Music, Music Education degrees with three different fields of concentration attached to each in order to accommodate the background, musical preferences and educational goals of students interested in Music Education as a professional career choice.


The Department of Music is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). In addition, the Music Education program is a member of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). CAEP advances excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.

What can I expect as a student in the Music Education Program?

Goals of the Music Education Program include:

  • Development of personal musical skills in both solo performance and interactive ensemble performance platforms;
  • Development of single instrument performance skills sufficient for classroom instruction, accompaniment and tutoring;
  • Development of skills for classroom interaction, designing lesson plans and classroom strategies that will compel students to learn;
  • Development of an efficient, marketable depth of knowledge in music theory, music history, musicology, ethnomusicology, classical and contemporary music traditions, music technology and musical engineering trends;
  • Development of conducting skills for directing small and large ensembles;
  • Development of the oral and writing skills needed for classroom instruction and school related administrative duties that often accompany a music teaching career.

The Bachelor of Music Degree Program in Music Education

The Bachelor of Music degree with a major in music education is a professional degree that meets current state of Nevada music certification requirements.  Graduates receive both a BM degree and Music Special K-12 certification upon completion of this five-year program.Bachelor of Music Education students must audition successfully before the music faculty for entrance into the program.

College of Education Requirements for Music Certification

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. Find out specific information about both College of Liberal Arts and College of Education requirements on the specific degree program pages linked below.

Bachelor of Music Degree Programs in Music Education

Announcing the Orff Schulwerk Summer Course

The Orff Schulwerk approach, developed by Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman, builds musicianship through active music making such as singing, playing instruments, speech, moving and improvising. The summer course is open to senior-level undergraduate music majors or those with earned bachelor degrees. In this hands-on course, training focuses on the developing child-centered teaching skills such as rhythm, singing and melody, movement, improvisation, composition and more.

For more information, please contact the Course Director, Kate Pollard, and visit the Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education Course