Music Education

The Music Education program, a combination of a Music major and Secondary Education minor, prepares candidates for becoming K-12 music teachers and attaining a K-12 Music license. The program includes both Choral and Instrumental course sequences leading to teaching licensure.  This program is meant specifically for the professional training of K-12 teachers to attain a license in either vocal or instrumental music for teaching grades K-12.

What You’ll Gain

At the completion of either degree sequence in Music Education, students will have accomplished:  

  • 140 hours of student contact in the schools through field experiences
  • An additional 600 hours of student contact during 16 weeks of student teaching
  • A program approved by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board 
  • A program fully compliant with the National Standards for Arts Education
  • Opportunities for leadership through partnerships between CSB/SJU and local school(s) during Discover Your Future


Interested in the courses that this program includes? Check out the content (major) courses and education (department) courses.

Admission to Music Education

Interested in the Music Education program?  Learn about the application process to the department and how to prepare.

Seeking Licensure

For students pursuing a Minnesota teaching in K-12 Classroom Music Education, Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations are also required. Students must complete the following exams:

For more information regarding licensing, please see Apply for Licensure. Additional questions regarding licensing can be directed to the Program Coordinator. Teacher candidates are reminded of MTLEs prior to student teaching and receive instructions on the application to their license near the completion of their student teaching experience. It is recommended that teacher candidates complete the MTLEs for their applicable license just prior to student teaching. Spring student teachers should be especially proactive in registering early for these examinations.

College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Leah VanOverbeke
Department Coordinator