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

Realize your professional goals by expanding your scholarship, musicianship and artistry in music.

The degree offers emphasis in pedagogical studies, choral conducting, instrumental conducting, performance, music theory/composition, Suzuki pedagogy and music therapy.

Pedagogical studies is almost entirely an online degree, with only one face-to-face course. The curriculum is an advanced study the field of music education, with a focus on applying research to instructional practices.

Choral or Instrumental Conducting is a combination of face-to-face and distance education courses that develop conducting and rehearsal skills, allowing students to study with ECU conducting faculty and performing with ECU ensembles.

Suzuki String Pedagogy is a combination of face-to-face and distance education courses that allow for practicum experiences under a Suzuki pedagogy mentor.

Performance is a combination of face-to-face and distance education courses that focus on applied performance on a solo instrument.

Theory-Composition is a combination of face-to-face and distance education courses that develop analytical and composition skills under the direction of theory and composition faculty.

Music Therapy is a combination of face-to-face and distance education courses that provide entry-level music therapy credentials and eligibility to sit for the national board certification examination.

ECU Advantage

Music education graduates of ECU need no introduction at schools in North Carolina and 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’s 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

There is no catalog data for this program.

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.