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What You Learn

This rigorous professional music and liberal arts curriculum includes a two-year fieldwork experience that prepares students to perform and teach vocal and instrumental music to students in grades K-12.

You benefit from highly individualized instruction in an environment where strong relationships with faculty mentors and your peers can flourish.

  • Acquire the skills to teach vocal and instrumental music to students in grades K-12 through a comprehensive music and liberal arts degree program
  • Unite theory and practice through fieldwork experiences
  • Share the gift of music with diverse populations in surrounding communities
  • Participate in undergraduate research, solo performances and ensembles

Graduates from our comprehensive program have an excellent record of employment in New Jersey public schools.

B.M. in Music Education

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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."

Chaancé Barnes '20
Musician | Music Education Major
Chaancé Barnes '20 - Music Education

The Classroom and Beyond

At Kean, we believe learning extends far beyond the walls of our classrooms and labs. That's why we encourage you to get involved in clubs and organizations, study abroad at our campus in China or elsewhere, and pursue internships that will advance your career. Find out more.

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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."

Samantha Adams
Music Education Major

After Kean

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:

  • Musicians
  • Singers
  • Music therapists


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Less debt than the national average for college grads

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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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