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If you are interested in teaching music in a K-12 school, choose the Bachelor of Music Education program at MSU Denver. Our diverse, inclusive and progressive environment allows you to flourish as you develop the music and teaching skills you will need to be a successful teacher.

As an MSU Denver Music Education student, you will be well-prepared for your future career by faculty who are great teachers and performers with regional and national reputations. Your imagination will be sparked by the creative, innovative curriculum they have developed.

One important feature of the B.M.E. program is that you will get plenty of experience observing and working with practicing teachers — and student teaching yourself — in diverse classrooms across the Denver metropolitan area.

The result: You will graduate confident that you are equipped to teach a variety of music at any level in today’s K-12 school environment.

Learn about scholarships for Music students.

Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver

Each year brings a wide range of music celebrations for piano, jazz and winds; visiting artists, including guitarists, flutists and opera singers who perform and teach master classes; and choir festivals and performances by artists-in-residence. MSU Denver also has a vibrant musical theatre program that each semester produces musicals such as “Side by Side by Sondheim” and “Guys and Dolls.”

Career Opportunities for Our Graduates

four images a sound board, sheet music, a microphone, and the scroll of a stringed instrument

As a Bachelor of Music Education graduate, you can anticipate a median annual salary of $47,000 for a K-12 teaching position and $50 an hour (national average) as an individual instructor, according to

Hear from our students:

“My degree set me above other graduates in my application pool because of the involvement of MSU Denver’s students and faculty with local districts. I think the high level of involvement is unique, and I feel like schools took a closer look at me because they knew MSU Denver and the quality of its music program. I spent a lot of time in classrooms as part of my education, and that experience has been invaluable.”

—Tillifinney Smith, MSU Denver '12, is an elementary music teacher.


Carla Aguilar_Music EducationCarla E. Aguilar

Director of Music Education and Associate Professor Carla E. Aguilar has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Music and Music Education at Indiana University, DePauw University and Indiana State University. Her research interests include policy related to Music Education, access to Music Education, student-centered learning and arts integration. She is the faculty advisor for the MSU Denver chapter of the National Association for Music Education and performs with the 38th Infantry Division Indiana Army National Guard Band as a flute and piccolo player.


David Kish_Music EducationDavid Kish

Professor David Kish is director of bands and conducts the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band. Kish has taught instrumental music at all educational levels. His writings on wind literature, conducting pedagogy and music education have been published in The Instrumentalist Magazine, Journal of Band Research, Music Educators Journal and four volumes of the popular resource texts, “Teaching Music Through Performance in Band.” Volume VI of his book series, “Guides to Band Masterworks,” was recently published by Meredith Music Publications.


Learn more about MSU Denver Music faculty.

Alumni at Work

Graduates of MSU Denver’s Music Education program are working as teachers in every major school district throughout metropolitan Denver, including Denver, Jefferson County, Littleton, Cherry Creek and Aurora, and in cities throughout the state, such as Avon and Evergreen.

MSU Denver Music Education alumni have also pursued post-graduate education at Regis University, Colorado State University, University of Colorado Denver and Canyon University, among others.

Sample Classes

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As a Music Education major, you will take private instruction in your primary performance area, participate in ensembles, attend recitals, have supervised field experiences and take required courses such as:

Foundations of Music Education
The Inclusive Music Classroom
Basic Vocal Diction
Advanced Conducting
String Techniques and Pedagogy

You’ll also take General Studies/Education requirements such as:

Issues in Multicultural Education Urban Secondary Schools
Developmental Educational Psychology
Teaching Literacy Development in the Content Areas

Facilities and Resources

As a Bachelor of Music Education major, you’ll be able to study and perform in the King Center performing arts complex on the Auraria Campus. The center features a 520-seat concert hall, the more intimate recital hall, a theatre and numerous production studios.

Program Accreditation

The MSU Denver Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. The Bachelor of Music Education degree program is accredited by the Colorado Department of Teacher Education.

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