Music Education

The UO’s music education program is among the most comprehensive and innovative in the western United States, and the only one in Oregon to offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Our faculty members provide expertise in band, choral, elementary general, and string music education. UO is among only a handful of West Coast schools to offer music teacher licensure within the four-year bachelor’s degree.
Our Bachelor of Music in music education (BMME) is a comprehensive program that offers students numerous clinical opportunities in our innovative Teaching Laboratory and in area public schools. Successful completion of the program enables students to receive certification to teach in Oregon with a license granted by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission.
Each state/territory maintains its own licensure requirements and at the time of this posting, the institution is not determining that its curriculum meets the State educational requirements for licensure or certification in other states. You may reach out to Melissa C. Brunkan at to get the contact information for licensing boards in your state.
Music education faculty members publish research in all the relevant top-tier journals, author books and contribute to chapters in anthologies, and present and conduct at regional, national, and international venues. In addition to cultivating their own research agenda, Music Education Area Faculty work cooperatively with graduate students and serve as mentors for their own research. Faculty and students collaborate on a number of research projects, and share their research at conferences, poster sessions, and publications.

A Degree of Success

For more than two decades, 100 percent of UO music education graduates seeking employment as K–12 public school music teachers have received job offers upon graduation. Our alumni teach throughout the United States and internationally, including in China, Italy, Spain, and Vietnam. For future music teachers, a UO music education degree signals outstanding preparation through a rigorous and comprehensive program.

Music Education Resources 

The UO's music education area offers students a number of resources to aid in their growth and academic progress, including a diverse instrument inventory, including a large Orff instrumentarium (pitched and unpitched), as well as numerous ethnic instruments.

The Cykler Music Education Library

The Cykler Music Education Library offers:

  • a computer lab
  • educational software
  • up-to-date research and curricular materials
  • audiovisual equipment
  • equipment for researching affective response, perception, and cognition