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Music Education


Do you remember the excitement of your first school concert or your performances in a band or choir? Did you take school or private lessons with someone who nurtured your talents?

Students who have had this powerful influence in their lives often want to pay it forward by becoming teachers, inspiring young people with that same love and appreciation of music.

Our music education professors are at the forefront of evolving teaching methods, invited to speak and conduct across the nation and around the world. Our faculty members are also accomplished performers - Emmy and Academy award winners who have taken the stage on Broadway, at Carnegie Hall, the Blue Note Café, and Birdland, among other famous venues. They continue to perform, record, and publish in numerous books and international journals.

Because our campus is an easy train ride from New York City, you'll have lots of opportunities for internships, professional networking, and faculty-supervised trips to concerts, musical theater, the opera, and other arts performances.

You'll sharpen your skills by performing with the large and small department ensembles; there are more than 20 ensembles representing many genres, including symphony orchestra, opera, choir, jazz, guitar, saxophone, and tuba/euphonium. And you will learn to recognize and nurture young musicians, work with varying levels of ability, and graduate from Hofstra fully prepared to enter the workforce, whether your plans are to teach in a school or someday open your own private studio.

Career prospects for music education majors are very strong. But in the New York region, graduates with a bachelor's degree in music teacher education earned an average annual salary of $48,341, and job growth for this major is projected to increase 27.6% by 2026, according to New York area labor market data retrieved in July 2018 by Burning Glass Technologies.


The BSEd in Music Education conforms with the National Standards for Arts Education and the New York State Learning Standards for the Arts. Students graduate with initial certification as a teacher of music in New York state and are ready to work with students in pre-K-12. The foundation of the program is a similar core curriculum to all music performance and studies majors, including performance and lesson requirements such as joining one large ensemble and one small ensemble.

Up-to-date information about required classes and more is available in the Hofstra Bulletin.

BSEd in Music Ed Requirements

Students also take fundamental courses in education so they can excel as teachers in a variety of settings – in the classroom, in a practice room or in a larger performance space.

You'll complete fieldwork in a variety of classroom settings across a range of grade and ability levels, as well as student teaching assignments.

We also offer undergraduate degrees in music performance and studies (with concentrations in performance, theory/composition, jazz and commercial music, and music history and literature), music business, minors in music and music business, and several graduate music degrees including an MA in Music/Wind Conducting, an MA in Music Education and an MSEd in Music Education.

Recent Alumni Outcomes

Hofstra's Music Education has a great track record of placing students in jobs after graduation. Recent alumni have found employment at the following school districts and organizations:

  • Bellmore-Merrick Public School District
  • Comsewogue School District
  • Garden City School District
  • Glen Cove Public School District
  • Harborfields Central School District
  • Northport-East Northport School District
  • NYC Department of Education
  • Rockville Centre School District
  • Teach for America
  • Valley Stream School District

Students who decide to pursue advanced degrees in music are doing so at institutions like Antioch University, Bank Street College of Education, Cornell University, Fordham University, Hofstra University, Manhattan School of Music, New York University, Southern New Hampshire University, SUNY Binghamton, and SUNY Stony Brook University.

78% report working, graduate school or both
100% accept employment within six months
$50K median salary*
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*Represents median salary for the first year following graduation

Fieldwork/Student Teaching

Students who are enrolled in programs that lead to New York state teaching certification are required to complete a minimum of 100 hours of fieldwork prior to the student teaching experience.

Some examples of area schools where recent Music Education students have completed their fieldwork and student teaching requirements include:

  • Bay Shore School District
  • Freeport School District
  • Garden City School District
  • Herricks School District
  • Hicksville School District
  • Island Trees School District
  • Rockville Centre School District
  • Uniondale School District
  • NYC Department of Education
Get more information on Hofstra fieldwork, student teaching and its outcomes


Student, microscope

Hofstra has student chapters of professional organizations helpful to Music Education majors: ASTA (American String Teachers Association), NAfME (National Association for Music Education), and ACDA (American Choral Directors Association). Hofstra students also assist when the University hosts regional events for NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association).

In addition to the department-sponsored ensembles, there are also student clubs that are extensions of Hofstra's music programs. MEISA - short for the Music and Entertainment Industry Student Association, plans an annual conference that brings in professionals to network and speak about different aspects of the music industry. Consider joining one of Hofstra's competitive a capella singing groups: Sigma'Cappella, The Hofbeats, Makin' Treble, the Chai Notes, and The Dutchmen. The Hofstra Gospel Ensemble and The SOS Brigade are also for music-minded students.

Additionally, Unispan Records, a new record label, run by Hofstra's Center for Entrepreneurship, offers students real-life experience recording, producing, promoting, and distributing music.

Through these organizations, the performance ensembles, classes, and private lessons, the Music Department fosters an artistically-stimulating environment.

Meet Hofstra’s A Cappella Groups

They come from cities like Chicago and Philadelphia and Seattle, from small towns in Maryland and Georgia and Massachusetts. Together, they light up the stage as members of Hofstra’s five a cappella groups. “It’s an amazing feeling when you sing with a group of people that come from different backgrounds. And then you take a step back and you’re just in awe of the sounds you’ve produced.

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