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Bachelor's in Music Education and Performance (BM)

Chicago College of Performing Arts
The Music Education and Performance program offers a combination of teacher preparation course work with the full spectrum of performance-related studies.
Roosevelt University's Wabash tower and Auditorium building in Chicago

Location: Chicago
Start Term: Fall, Spring
Program Type: Major

Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, CCPA’s music education department has been a nurturing space for quality teachers for several decades. Music education majors at Roosevelt University are given the opportunity to engage the best of theory and practice with caring, knowledgeable faculty and opportunities for preservice teaching practice. Students engage the Roosevelt University mission of social justice through focused pedagogy, scholarship, and activism. Students have the opportunity to study with unparalleled applied studio faculty, all of whom are experienced master performers and many of who hold court in the CSO and Lyric Opera.

The program also gives students the opportunity to explore the best of music education and performance, with its unique dual degree programs. Graduates of the music education department at CCPA have enjoyed high records of employment after graduation and many have gone on to direct award-winning programs, including Grammy education awards and featured slots at conferences such as Midwest and ILMEA.

The double major enables strong performers to achieve a high level of musicianship while preparing for teaching licensure. Please refer to the curricula for BM in Music Education and Piano Performance, BM in Music Education and Voice PerformanceBM in Music Education and Instrumental Performance, and BM in Music Education and Instrumental Jazz Performance for details.

Dan Healy
, Head of Music Education

Expectations & Requirements


Music education students at CCPA come from all over the world to experience Chicago and develop their music teaching practice. Students enroll in degree plans with a choral or instrumental focus but all music education majors develop well-rounded knowledge and skills through methods courses in general music, choir, band, and orchestra as well as techniques and conducting courses. Students have access to a wide spectrum of school settings that help them relate real-life teaching situations to their coursework.

More Opportunities

CCPA Music Education Experience Day (December 3, 2018)

Get a first-hand feel for what a music educator does and spend the day learning from Dr. Dan Healy, Head of Music Education, current CCPA Music Ed students, and other celebrated Music Ed faculty members!

During this experience day you will:

Have an Intro to Music Ed Seminar
Learn about conducting and how to run a rehearsal
Gain knowledge about different instruments and ensemble playing
Attend a CCPA ensemble rehearsal

This experience day is FREE but space is limited! Registration link is forthcoming – you may RSVP to Stephanie Salerno at before October 20, 2018.


Music Education students study privately with CCPA’s outstanding faculty, many of whom are members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Opera of Chicago.


Applicants must complete the following for consideration:

  • A performance audition on your primary instrument (or voice). Follow the Classical Performance undergraduate audition requirements for the appropriate instrument/voice, unless a specific Music Education requirement is noted.
  • Attendance at the Music Education discussion or interview on your audition date. Applicants who do not audition on campus may be asked to complete a phone interview.
  • In addition to an instrumental audition, piano and guitar Music Education applicants must also take part in a short vocal evaluation.
  • All Music Education applicants must have complete files (transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation) by the date of their audition/interview.