College of Music

University of Colorado Boulder

Music Education

Welcome to Music Education at the University of Colorado Boulder! Our experienced educators teach undergraduate and graduate courses aimed at preparing students for a career in music education; combined with unique programs and opportunities for involvement, the CU Music Education program has resulted in 100 percent job placement for our graduates.

After starting to observe music teachers during their sophomore year, the BME degree culminates in a semester of student teaching. Undergraduate majors will graduate with a K-12 teaching license in one of four specialized degree tracks: choral, instrumental, choral-general or instrumental-general.

Graduate students have the option of taking after-school courses to accomodate full-time teaching schedules.

Music education majors also study with applied faculty on their major instrument and perform in solo recitals and with a variety of ensembles. To learn more about these groups, visit the Ensembles page.

Department Faculty

James Austin
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies
Professor of Music Education
Richard Bern Trego Faculty Fellow

Margaret Haefner Berg
Chair, Music Education
Associate Professor of Music Education

Matthew Dockendorf
Associate Director of Bands
Instructor, Conducting and Music Education

Leila Heil
Assistant Professor of Music Education

Martina Miranda
Associate Professor of Music Education

David Rickels
Assistant Professor of Music Education

Matthew Roeder
Associate Director of Bands
Director, Golden Buffalo Marching Band
Associate Professor of Conducting and Music Education

More Information on the Music Education Department

Undergraduate Degrees >>

  • Bachelor of Music Education (Choral)
  • Bachelor of Music Education (Choral General)
  • Bachelor of Music Education (Instrumental Band)
  • Bachelor of Music Education (Instrumental General)
  • Bachelor of Music Education (Instrumental Strings)

Graduate Degrees >>

  • Master of Music Education
  • Master of Music Education Plus Licensure
  • Summer Master of Music Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Music in Music Education

Information for non-degree students >>

Opportunities for students to get involved include:

  • CU Middle School Ensemble program >>
    Current music education students lead full-group and sectional rehearsals in a collaborative atmosphere, working with middle school musicians and high school students interested in a career in music education.

Let us know what you're up to and stay in touch with other Music Education grads!

Find information for alumni here >>

Music Education Department Events

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