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What is Music Education Really?

In theory what is it?

Music Education prepares you to be a music teacher in any secondary school.

What is it used for?


What does the major actually entail - work-wise?

A LOT more than you think! Usually several music theory classes, usually participation in weekly private lessons and 1 ensemble (minimum) per semester, recital attendance, sometimes performing a piece on recital,

passing proficiency exams on all secondary instruments(including piano), and student teaching.

What kind of jobs do you get with it?

Any music teaching job.

What are the fellow students like (personalitywise) in it?

Very open minded, friendly, creative, unique, and close-knit. In the music department at any college, everyone knows each other and works together.

Common Misconceptions

Everyone thinks music is an easy major and all we have to do is like do marching band or something. But actually, it's one of the most time consuming and demanding majors you could possibly choose. And I'd say it's definitely one of the most competitive.

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Music Education Major unemployment rate

_Music EducationAll Majors
Minimum Wage%4%4
All Others%91%86
More: Unemployment for all Majors *** not counting stay at home parents *** not counting those currently in grad school

Are things going well in Music Education?

Going Well %81
Not Going Well %19
More: All Majors Satisfaction ??? This is a social "life satisfaction" question. Overall, would people who graduated with a degree in Music Education say that their life is going well? It could be interpreted in terms of stress, salary, long hours, future prospects, etc. *** not counting those currently in grad school

Graduates who stayed in Music Education

Still in Field %62
Got out %38
More: All Majors Still in field ??? A high "got out" percentage can be interpreted a couple of ways -- for instance, perhaps the major is a great stepping stone to becoming a totally different career -- like a doctor. Or perhaps the jobs one gets with the major just aren't that great. *** not counting those currently in grad school
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Since my career was directly relatedSince my career was directly related to my college experience and subsequent degree, I can only be very postiive about my choice to attend. There are better music schools available, but for a financially challengedRead reviewMusic EducationMontana State University Reviews
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