Are you called to share your love of music with others? Are you interested in learning the skills and acquiring the tools that will guide children into a lifelong appreciation of the universal language of mankind?

Graduates with a degree in music education are both great performers and great educators. Students complete professional education requirements, such as classes on classroom management and teaching techniques, in the School of Education. In the School of Music, you will find yourself among a close-knit family of performers and educators, as you study core classes, perform in ensembles and become a monster on your instrument of choice.

A bachelor's degree in music education leads to initial licensure in North Carolina with options for licensure in many other states.

ECU Advantage

Music education graduates of ECU need no introduction at schools in North Carolina and throughout the Southeast. East Carolina's School of Music and School of Education are two of the finest programs of their kind on the East Coast. There is an excellent chance that your elementary school music teacher, your high school band director, or your piano teacher studied at East Carolina.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: Michelle Hairston (213 Fletcher Music Center; 252-328-4871; hairstonm@ecu.edu)

Minimum degree requirement is 128 s.h. as follows:

1. General education requirements including those listed below - 40 s.h.

(For information about courses that carry general education credit see General Education Program.)

  • PSYC 1000 - Introductory Psychology
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  • PSYC 2777 - Ethnocultural Psychology or
  • SOCI 1010 - Race, Gender, Class
2. Common core - 67 s.h.
    Core MUSC courses - 30 s.h.
    • MUSC 1156 - Basic Musicianship
    • MUSC 1166 - Basic Musicianship
    • MUSC 1176 - Basic Musicianship Laboratory
    • MUSC 1186 - Basic Musicianship Laboratory
    • MUSC 1406 - Music History and Literature
    • MUSC 2406 - Music History and Literature
    • MUSC 2416 - Music History and Literature
    • MUSC 2156 - Basic Musicianship
    • MUSC 2166 - Basic Musicianship
    • MUSC 2176 - Basic Musicianship Laboratory
    • MUSC 2186 - Basic Musicianship Laboratory
    • MUSC 2248 - Music of the World's Peoples
    • MUSC 3156 - Conducting
    • MUSC 3166 - Conducting
    • MUSC 3176 - Basic Musicianship V
    MUSC electives - 2 s.h.
      Performance groups - 7 s.h.

      Minimum of 5 semesters large ensemble is required. Approval of student's major applied instructor and ensemble directors is required for ensemble registration.

      Music education majors whose primary instrument is wind/percussion must include either two semesters of MUSC 1706 or one semester of MUSC 1706 and one semester of MUSC 3277.

      Music majors may count only two semester hours of Marching Band Field Experience (MUSC 1706, 1 s.h.) for large ensemble credit. Marching Band (MUSC 1705, 2 s.h.) may not count toward large ensemble credit for music majors. Music majors taking more than 2 s.h. of MUSC 1706 or MUSC 1705 must sign a release form to be made available in the music office. The form will help clarify that hours above the required 2 s.h. of MUSC 1706 will not count as part of the Music Education degree plan at ECU, and that these extra hours may lead to additional hours on a student's transcript before graduation.

      Minimum of 2 semesters small ensemble

      Keyboard and voice majors must include two semesters of MUSC 3287. Choral Laboratory (1) (F,S) (P: Completion of or enrollment in MUSC 3156 or MUSC 3217 or MUSC 3237 or consent of instructor) as a small ensemble

        Music education - 8 s.h.

        (*with at least a C in each to be admitted to internship)

        • MUSC 2123 - Early Experiences for the Prospective Teacher *
        Instrumental music education track:
        • MUSC 2345 - Introduction to Secondary General Music *
        • MUSC 3217 - Beginning Instruction in Instrumental Music *
        • MUSC 3227 - Rehearsal Techniques in Secondary Instrumental Music Education *
        • MUSC 4323 - Materials and Methods of Instrumental Music Teaching *
        Vocal/general music education track:
        • MUSC 2205 - Advanced Group Piano
        • MUSC 3237 - Beginning Instruction in Vocal-General Music Education *
        • MUSC 3247 - Rehearsal Techniques in Secondary Vocal-Choral Music Education *
        • MUSC 4333 - Materials and Methods of Vocal-General Music Teaching *
        Professional studies - 20 s.h.
        • EDUC 3200 - Foundations of American Education

        • EDUC 4400 - Foundations of School Learning, Motivation, and Assessment or
        • PSYC 4305 - Educational Psychology

        • MUSC 4324 - Internship in Music Education
        • MUSC 4325 - Internship Seminar: Issues in Music Education
        • READ 3990 - Teaching Reading in the Content Areas in the Secondary School
        • SPED 4010 - Effective Instruction in Inclusive Classrooms
      3. Applied music - 21 s.h.

      (keyboard, string, voice, wind or percussion)

        Applied major - 14 s.h.
          Applied minor - 7 s.h.:

          A student who is exempt from any applied minor courses specified must take other applied minor courses to complete the total required hours.

            Major instrument: keyboard
            • MUSC 1061 - Lower-Level Applied Music: Voice
            • MUSC 1205 - Beginning Voice Group
            • MUSC 1215 - Beginning Voice Group
            • MUSC 1455 - Introduction to Winds and Percussion
            • MUSC 2315 - String Class
            Major instrument: strings
            • MUSC 1105 - Beginning Group Piano
            • MUSC 1115 - Beginning Group Piano
            • MUSC 1205 - Beginning Voice Group
            • MUSC 1455 - Introduction to Winds and Percussion
            • MUSC 3697 - Introduction to String Teaching
            Major instrument: voice
            • MUSC 1105 - Beginning Group Piano
            • MUSC 1115 - Beginning Group Piano
            • MUSC 1455 - Introduction to Winds and Percussion
            • MUSC 2105 - Intermediate Group Piano
            • MUSC 2115 - Intermediate Group Piano
            • MUSC 2315 - String Class
            Major instrument: wind or percussion
            • MUSC 1105 - Beginning Group Piano
            • MUSC 1115 - Beginning Group Piano
            • MUSC 1205 - Beginning Voice Group
            • MUSC 2315 - String Class
            • The following to be selected according to applied major instrument:
              • MUSC 1415 - Woodwind Group
              • MUSC 1435 - Brass Group
              • MUSC 1445 - Percussion Group
          For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

          Careers With This Degree

          Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

          • Music Teacher Education
          • Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Ed
          • Education Teachers, Postsecondary
          • Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Ed
          • Music Teacher Education

          Career Opportunities

          ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

          NC Tower

          This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

          • Self-employed;
          • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
          • Work outside of North Carolina.

          US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

          This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

          Degree-specific internships

          For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.