The Music Education (BM) - Instrumental Music Education (K-12) degree provides skilled musicians the opportunity to develop expertise in the classroom, ensemble and private studio in preparation for careers and state certification as public music school teachers and directors.
Classes in the Music Education program include the Hayes School of Music’s core curriculum: private instrument/voice study, ensemble participation, music theory and aural skills, music history, world music and other musicianship classes.
Additionally, students study specific techniques for teaching elementary and secondary music students, as well as general education theory. These courses are taught through Appalachian State University’s Reich College of Education. Courses include theoretical, practical and observational approaches. Successful completion of the degree leads to K-12 certification. This degree’s capstone experiences are a performance recital and a semester of off-campus student teaching.
Music Education graduates from the Hayes School of Music enjoy a nearly 100% employment record, including positions throughout North Carolina and the region.
Visit the department home page for more information, including Program of Study and Four Year Guide.
Engagement Outside the Classroom
- National Association for Music Education (student chapter)
- College Music Society (student chapter)
- Music service fraternities: Phi Mu Alpha, Sigma Alpha Iota, Kappa Kappa Psi
- National Band Association (student chapter)
- American String Teachers Association (student chapter)
Appalachian is committed to introducing students to different cultures and teaching them how to live and interact in a global society.
All Hayes School of Music students take MUS 2018 World Music as a requirement within their degree programs. Additionally, Music students are eligible to participate in international programs, including recent course-related activities in Ireland, South Africa and Cuba.
All students must audition to be accepted into the Hayes School of Music. All students wishing to enter the Music Education program will be required to attend a departmental meeting on the day of the audition.
- The Hayes School of Music prepares young musicians for professional lives as performers, composers, music educators, music therapists, conductors and music industry professionals, ensuring the next generation of musical leadership for the state, region and nation.
- With employment and graduate school placement record of nearly 100 percent, our students typically move into professional music careers, including performing, teaching, clinical work, research and business, as well as other career fields that value collaboration, logical reasoning and creative thinking.
- The Hayes School of Music engages the local and regional community with more than 190 concerts each year, giving students valuable performance experience.
Number of Students
Approximately 470 students in the Hayes School of Music
Method of Delivery
On campus only
Dr. Susan Mills
Music Education Coordinator
103 A , Broyhill Music Center