Beginning in their first semester, B.Mus. in Music Education students are immersed in hands-on urban and suburban music teaching experiences. Our internationally recognized faculty guide students in developing the superior musicianship and pedagogical skills necessary for success in a music classroom.
Our curriculum promotes creativity in music teaching and learning, and make students qualified and marketable for a wide variety of music teaching jobs. Upon completion of the degree, students will be granted New York State Initial Teaching Certification in Music for Pre-K through Grade 12. We encourage prospective students to review the Admission Requirements as well as the Audition Process for the Music Education Program.
Superior Job Placement
We have a 100% placement rate for graduates who have received New York State initial teaching certification. Buffalo State music education graduates have received music teaching jobs locally, state-wide, and nationally. Our recent graduates have received jobs in Buffalo, New York City, Arizona, and California.
Students who successfully complete the B.Mus. in Music Education at Buffalo State are granted New York State Initial Teaching Certification for Pre-K through Grade 12 for General, Choral, and Instrumental Music (Broadfield). Buffalo State is the only SUNY school that does not limit students to a single area of focus.
Mobile Device Technology Integration
To prepare music education majors to be 21st century music teachers, they are guided in using mobile devices in their music courses and with their future music students. Several courses incorporate Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) technology, allowing students to use their personal mobile devices to access course content during and outside of class time.
Diverse Teaching Experiences
Buffalo State is the only urban SUNY school, allowing music education majors the unique opportunity to develop teaching skills in urban, suburban, and rural areas. Students enroll in three field experience courses before student teaching, gaining experience in a variety of diverse teaching environments, and in a variety of subject areas, including band, chorus, and general music. Those experiences lead to our graduates being marketable for a variety of high-quality teaching jobs.
School and Community Partnerships
Music education majors have many opportunities to interact with PreK through 12 students throughout their time at Buffalo State. The Community Arts Academy music classes are lab classes where music faculty guide music education majors in interacting with children ages birth through 12 and their parents. The music department has a Professional Development School partnership with Lindbergh Elementary School, which allows music education majors more hands-on teaching experience.
Hands-On Learning Experiences
In music education courses, students engage in hands-on projects. In Introduction to Music Studies and Careers, first-year music education students create and perform an educational concert for public school children. In Technology Applications for Music Education, students design innovative music courses for middle and high school students.
In Summer 2017, music faculty members are leading a trip to Brazil, offering music education students a unique immersion in Brazilian early childhood music teaching and traditional performance practices.