Music Education (K-12)

College of Fine & Applied Arts


What is Music Education (K-12)?

Music Education prepares you to be an accredited teacher for grades kindergarten through 12. You’ll choose from one of four concentrations:

  • Choral
  • Instrumental
  • General Music
  • Technology

You’ll also have the opportunity to be mentored by teachers in music classrooms from the Champaign-Urbana area. With this experience, you'll gain valuable insight into the teaching and running of a classroom. You must pass an audition to be accepted into this program. 

Career Options

  • Choir or orchestral direction
  • Elementary education
  • Music performance
  • Music therapy
  • Secondary education

Post-Graduation Success1

83% employed or continuing education

79% employed after graduation

4% attending graduate school

$38,311 average starting annual income

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Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Strong talent review (audition or portfolio)

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.0 years to degree

97% first-year retention rate

54% four-year graduation rate

90% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $13,858
  • Fees: $4,612
  • Expenses3: $16,194
  • Total: $34,664


  • Tuition: $31,308
  • Fees: $4,612
  • Expenses3: $16,534
  • Total: $52,454


  • Tuition: $32,198
  • Fees: $4,612
  • Expenses3: $16,534
  • Total: $53,344