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Bachelor's in Music Education (BM)

Chicago College of Performing Arts

The Music Education program prepares students for a career in K-12 music education through coursework in musicianship, performance, teaching methodology and professional education, and general 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.

What Differentiates Us

Hands-On Experience

Hands-On Experience

Service learning is integrated into teaching methods; get hands-on teaching opportunities in real school situations.

Weekly Education Lab

Weekly Education Lab

Weekly music education lab cultivates a sense of professional identity and addresses career preparation.

Learn from the Best

Learn from the Best

You'll have weekly hour-long private lessons with conservatory artist faculty and opportunities to participate in ensemble every semester.

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.

Sample Courses

Please consult the curriculum for the Music Education major (Choral or Instrumental Concentration) for additional information


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.

Students playing woodwind instruments in an orchestral setting

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.