Music has the ability to enhance virtually any aspect of life, including our ability to learn. Thus, music teachers not only offer musical instruction, they offer skills useful in studying other subjects. The secondary teaching emphasis offers you the tools necessary to train future musicians.


  • This emphasis offers a comprehensive study of skills in band and orchestral instruments: brass, strings, woodwinds and percussion.
  • Additional courses focus on electronic music, conducting, vocal pedagogy and music education.

Career opportunities

The secondary teaching emphasis is intended specifically for students who plan to teach in a music program in grades K-12.

Course listing

Required Courses (22-26 Units)

MUS-340Brass Techniques2
MUS-341String Techniques2
MUS-342Woodwind Techniques2
MUS-343Percussion Techniques2
MUS-411Scoring and Arranging3
MUS-412Studies in Music Education3
MUS-450Conducting I3
MUS-451Conducting II3
MUS-460Vocal Pedagogy2

Two semesters of MUS-115 Vocal Performance Workshop is required for music education students whose primary instrument is voice.