The Music Education (BM) - General 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.
This is a program that can lead to licensure or certification. Appalachian State University cannot confirm whether this program will meet the requirements for professional licensure in other states or territories.
If this applies to you, check the U.S. Department of Education for information on licensure requirements and licensing agencies in other states. Or, you may address questions to State Authorization at Appalachian at email@example.com or 828-262-7559.
A minor is not required.
Engagement Outside the Classroom
- American Choral Directors Association (student chapter)
- National Association for Music Education (student chapter)
- Music service fraternities: Phi Mu Alpha, Sigma Alpha Iota, Kappa Kappa Psi
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.
- Appalachian has been training quality educators for more than 100 years and is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
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