Sharing your love of music with the next generation

If your dream is to help children and young adults develop their musical talents, you’re probably a natural music teacher. From teaching little children to sing and keep time to directing a 300-piece high school marching band, few life paths are more rewarding.

Your very first year at Susquehanna University, you’ll gain active, working experience in real pre-kindergarten through high school music classrooms. Get supervised experience teaching one-on-one and small groups of children and teenagers. Develop your own music skills and conduct and perform in bands, choirs, orchestras and chamber music ensembles. Study music theory, history, composition and the music of the world’s cultures while mastering the art of training young musicians. Get even more hands-on experience in our community music program, which has its own dedicated teaching lab space right here on campus. Build confidence working alongside caring professors who are master musicians themselves. With their help, you’ll delve into what makes the combination of teaching and music such a vital part of your life.

Go on to an exciting graduate school program to further your studies. Or, if you’d rather, you can earn your teaching certification within four years right along with your highly sought-after music education degree. We have such a high placement success rate, you are virtually guaranteed a job within months of graduating.

of students receive private lessons with faculty their entire four years
of students can attend and participate in professional music education conferences
of students participate in musical ensembles
of students seeking teaching jobs are employed within six months of graduation

Music @ Susquehanna

The musical community at Susquehanna resonates throughout the entire Susquehanna Valley.

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“Susquehanna taught and reinforced the importance of building strong relationships with the people around me. I still reach out to former professors to ask niche questions, knowing they’ll respond because of the rapport we have from my time there.”

Naomi Cohen ’21

Potential Careers

  • General music educator
  • Choral music educator
  • Instrumental music educator
  • Private music instructor
  • Professional musician

Recent Employers

  • Winchester, Mass., public school system
  • Hackensack, N.J., public school system
  • Rowan-Salisbury school system, China Grove, S.C.
  • Loudoun County School District, Ashburn, Va.
  • Southern Huntingdon County School District, Three Springs, Pa.

Average Salary


2021 median pay for music educators

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Making beautiful music in the Susquehanna Valley

Susquehanna’s music department offers students abundant musical choices from composing to conducting from performing to perfecting your art, all in a nurturing environment where you will receive personalized attention.

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Heilman Hall

Studying for a Degree in Music Education

Explore the courses you’ll take on your journey to earning a degree in music education at Susquehanna.

Explore other programs and opportunities

See the full list of related programs on the School of the Arts page.

Performance Opportunities

Music Preparatory Program

Arts Administration

Festival & Workshops

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Selinsgrove, Pa. 17870

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