Welcome to Hofstra's Music Education Programs
Hofstra's Music Education programs offer various highly diversified programs designed to prepare students with the comprehensive knowledge and skills required to succeed in today's schools.
Do you remember the excitement of your first school concert or your performances in a band or choir? Do you aspire to be like the music teachers who inspire you? Develop the knowledge, skills, and experiences required for an exciting career as a music educator in pre-K through grade 12 public, private, or parochial schools. Hofstra's Music Education programs offer various highly diversified programs designed to prepare students with the comprehensive knowledge and skills required to succeed in today's schools. Every year, thousands of students choose to become a part of the Hofstra Family. Look around to see which Music Education program is right for you.
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Summer Term Music Workshops and Classes
Hofstra University is proud to offer a series of music education certification courses in the summer of 2021. Hofstra is scheduling courses approved and endorsed by the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA) and the Feierabend Association for Music Education (FAME).
Meet Music Education Alumni
All Roads Lead to Phantom
Kaitlyn Davis’s childhood wish was to play Christine Daaé in Phantom of the Opera. After graduating from Hofstra with a degree in Music Education, she landed the part of her dreams in Phantom’s North American tour.
Christina Pecce's original one-woman cabaret, Witches and Divas, showcases her versatility. The Chicago resident, a Hofstra music education alum, sings well-known musical theater numbers, jazz and pop songs, and arias. Pecce first discovered her love of theater at age four, thanks to uncle and godfather, John-Michael Flate, who performed on Broadway in shows like Damn Yankees, Sunset Boulevard, and Forever Plaid.
Grad Wins Award for Original Jazz Composition
Music Education alumnus Robert Buonaspina ’19 has a lot to smile about lately. His original big band work, “Smile Pretty,” recently won the coveted 2021 International Society of Jazz Arrangers & Composers [ISJAC]/USF Prize in Jazz Composition.
Music in Maine
At a woodsy Maine campus, the country’s most dedicated student musicians hone their talents and perform weekly classical concerts at the Pierre Monteux School & Music Festival. The summer before his final semester at Hofstra, music education major Alexander Burns received a full scholarship and stipend to join that prestigious six-week program.
Meet Our Faculty
Our accomplished faculty represent diverse areas of specialization, bringing a wide variety of professional backgrounds and experience to their teaching. Our Composition faculty includes members who have won Emmy and Academy Awards, National Opera Association Awards, and other professional recognition for their film scores, operas, and other compositions, and have had works performed by such renown ensembles as the New York City Opera, the American Chamber Ensemble, the Jupiter Symphony, and others; our Jazz faculty includes performers and arrangers of international repute who have performed and recorded with such notables as Woody Herman, Dizzy Gillespie, Artie Shaw, Stan Getz, and others, and have performed in the pit orchestras of many of Broadway's top shows; our ensemble directors include faculty who have appeared as guest conductors, clinicians, and workshop directors with professional ensembles, at festivals, schools, and other events throughout the world; our Music History and Theory faculty have had research published in many prestigious books and journals, such as the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Music Theory Spectrum, The American Journal of Semiotics, The Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society, Studien zur Musikwissenschaft, and Theory and Practice, and have served as officers of major national and regional societies; and our Performance faculty consists of working professional musicians who are continuously active as performers on the New York musical scene.