Music education blends the history, theory and practice of instrumental and vocal performance to enrich lives through musical experiences.
Music educators awaken musical talent, guide students to become performers, or enhance productions as a broadcast or sound engineer with the power of music.
You will benefit from working and studying alongside some of the finest performers in the New York metropolitan area and prepare for fulfilling and meaningful careers in the arts. Our graduates can be found teaching the next generation of musicians in classrooms across New Jersey and beyond.
Kean’s music education program is molding me into a knowledgeable, passionate musician and future educator. Each professor encourages, nurtures and assures me that I will be successful if I work hard."
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The small class sizes allow for individualized instruction and a multitude of unique professional opportunities. The faculty shows genuine regard for student progress while demonstrating what passion and pride in music education looks like. I feel I have been prepared well with the knowledge, resources and confidence to be an effective music educator."
Kean music education graduates are working in New Jersey and across the United States enhancing lives through the power of music in careers that include:
- Elementary school teachers
- Middle school teachers
- High school teachers
In addition to going on to teach in K-12 public schools, Kean music graduates are pursuing advanced degrees in education, performance and music therapy and finding successful careers as:
- Music therapists
Less debt than the national average for college grads
Kean's music programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), founded in 1924, to:
- Advance the course of music in American life and especially in higher education
- Establish and maintain threshold standards for the education of musicians, while encouraging both diversity and excellence
- Provide a national forum for the discussion of issues related to these purposes
Since 1955, Kean’s College of Education has earned accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. Notably, only one-third of the schools that produce teachers in the United States and New Jersey earn this accreditation.
CAEP advances equity and excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.
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