Bachelor of Music in Music Education (Pre-Certification)

The Music Education degree program provides the skills necessary for teaching music in public or private schools. It is recommended for anyone planning a teaching career in music. Admission to the Upper Division in this concentration is by a performance jury at the end of the sophomore year, or for transfer students, prior to entering the junior year. 

Bachelor of Music, Music Education

General education (50 units, 12 in major)


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For More information on the California Teacher Credential Program, visit the Sonoma State School of Education Single Subject Credential

Assistant Professor of Music and Coordinator of Music Education
Dr. Kim Mieder, Ph.D

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There are three tracks for music education at Sonoma State

  • Music Education Instrumental 

  • Music Education Vocal 

  • Music Education Instrumental Jazz 

What is Unique about the Music Education Program at SSU

  • Very in-depth and intimate classes for all Pedagogical Methodologies 

  • Broad Selection of Outstanding Ensembles 

  • Real World teaching experience with an on-campus community outreach ensemble

    • Noma Winds High School and Jr. Noma Winds Middle School 

    • Opportunities to Conduct a Warm-up - Rehearse – Tune – Coach  

  • Participate in SSU’s National Association for Music Education Collegiate Chapter 

    • Leadership Opportunities 

    • Scholarships to attend the California All State Music Educator’s Conference 

    • Build important pre-Professional affiliations

To earn a single-subject teaching credential in the state of California, the candidate must a) hold a bachelor’s degree; b) demonstrate subject matter competence (either through completion of an Approved Subject Matter Program or by passing the CSET exam); c) complete a single subject credential/licensure program.

The SSU Bachelor of Music in Music Education (Pre-Certification) degree program is designated as an Approved Subject Matter Program by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Completion of the BM in Music Education (Pre-Certification) program prepares the student for entrance into the Single Subject Credential Program. The Single Subject Credential Program is a one-year licensure program offered by the School of Education

“Sonoma State’s Music Education Program and the faculty that lead it have provided me with an excellent, comprehensive foundation for my future career.”

Lilliana Chavez-Vigil, Music Credential Candidate, Class of 2021


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