Music Education


By choosing music education as your major, you will be prepared for a career as a professional music teacher. Iowa State's Music Education degree program leads to Iowa teacher certification in all-level music, opening an array of employment options.

Teaching is an exciting and fulfilling career choice for those interested in blending musicianship and teaching skills. Music educators enjoy the process of providing musical experiences that lead to a better understanding and appreciation of music. To be a music teacher, you must not only be an accomplished musician, but also be interested in the art of teaching.

As an Iowa certified music educator, you may teach instrumental or vocal music at the elementary or secondary level. With a bachelor's degree in music education from Iowa State, you could work as an elementary music specialist or as a middle school/high school band, choir, or orchestra director.

For more information on degree plans, faculty, programs, student organizations, and our student teaching program, choose one of the links below. If you have any comments or suggestions, contact Dr. Natalie Steele Royston at or contact the Iowa State University Department of Music.

Degree Programs

Prospective Students

Current Students

Music Education Handbook