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Music Education (B.M.E.)

  • Location IconBrookings Main Campus

To make an impact - teaching.

The music education program is recommended for students interested in becoming certified to teach elementary and secondary school music. An emphasis in choral or instrumental teaching may be elected, or by adding appropriate hours, students may prepare in both areas. Those preparing in both areas must complete both choral and instrumental music education sequences, including both sets of pedagogies.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Have a passion for music and want to share that passion with others.
  • Possess prior training in music, such as in a high school music program.
  • Are interested in teaching in public or parochial schools.
  • Are disciplined, self-motivated, and hard-working.

Career Opportunities

  • Teacher
  • Music director
  • Musician

Recent Employers

  • South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa school districts

Clubs and Organizations

  • National Association for Music Education
  • Music Teachers National Association
  • Tau Beta Sigma

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.