Music Education Certifications

About the Music Education, BS

A degree in Music Education prepares you to teach music in K-12, but also provides you the support to become an accomplished musician through theory-to-practice opportunities and experiences.

There are two options for our music teacher degree: Instrumental Certification and Choral Certification. Our Choral Certification is for students wishing to pursue teaching positions with a choral focus and our Instrumental Certification is for students wishing to focus their teaching in a band related area.

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Why Study Music Education at CWU?

Our Music Education Program has a long history of being one of the top programs in the region. Our graduates are teachers and leaders in school districts across the Northwest, and many pursue advanced degrees, professional performance opportunities, and leadership positions nationwide.

“Central Washington University is truly a special place. I had access to some of the most amazing teachers and performance halls that I could have asked for coming out of high school. The atmosphere is something unlike any other school - there's a true sense of community, friendship, and support from teachers and fellow students.” Brooke Scholl graduated from CWU in 2013.

Study Music Education at CWU

Spark future musicians with a CWU Music Education degree. Ignite passion at Central Washington University.

Where is this program offered?

How much does this program cost?

Explore information on Cost, Aid, and Value to make an informed decision about investing in your education at CWU. 

Where can I find more information?

Please visit the CWU Academic Catalog links below for current information about admission requirements, course descriptions, learner outcomes, and credit information. Explore your unique music specialization and plan your future at CWU today.


Each year, the Music Department gives over $250,000 in scholarships and waivers for incoming and returning students. To learn more, check out our Music Scholarship Information.

We offer many ensemble opportunities in a wide range of instrumental combinations, styles, and proficiencies. From our large symphony orchestra, wind ensemble, or premier vocal group to our small jazz combos and brass quintets, there is an ensemble for you. For a full list of ensembles, reference our CWU Music Ensemble Opportunities.

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