What would I need to get a master degree on in college, in order to become a music teacher?
I'm a sophomore in high school, looking for a career in music. I'm thinking about becoming a music teacher because, I've always enjoyed this field myself, and would love to share it with other. To spark someone else's passion in the arts. #teacher #music #art-college
Michelle Jubilee Gonzalez
Michelle Jubilee’s Answer
In order to teach music, a degree in music (Associates of Arts with a major in Music/Music Education, BA or BM for Music Education, and a Master's in Music) are required to teach at college level. If you want to teach at College, you may even strongly want to consider obtaining a doctorate degree as this will improve your chances of getting hired to teach a course. Some students complete their degrees in a certain music field, and because they're the best in the class, they are sometimes offered a teaching job right upon graduation. Making good relationships with the deans of the department is a great idea, and always doing your best and representing your consistent quality will get you far in any industry ;) best of luck!
I'd start looking at schools that offer a Bachelor of Music Education degree. The workloads are high, but the opportunities after graduation can be increased by having both a music and education background. As for masters' degrees, that would depend a lot on timing and interest. You could look at degrees in specialized areas of music (conducting, musicology, theory, etc) or education (adult education, instructional design, etc) or other music related fields (music therapy, etc). Maybe focus on the undergrad degree first and then reassess.