Bachelor of Music in Music Education


The Bachelor of Music, Education degree consists of a strong Music program with a broad range of additional studies specific to Education, including a semester for student teaching. Students in this program will take many of the classes, ensembles, and private lessons which are available to those in the Bachelor of Music Degree programs, but have fewer electives due to the demands of the Education degree. Graduates with the BMusEd Degree may go on to Master’s Degree programs or commence teaching in the public or Christian schools upon their certification.

Why Study Music Education at Nyack?

The Bachelor of Music Education is a substantial and challenging major that provides a foundation for graduate studies. It is a carefully-mentored program that culminates in accreditation by the State of New York to teach elementary or high school music. Accredited graduates have a very high placement record in the Tri-State area.

What Will I Study?

During the Freshman year, students take Core academic courses, Applied Lessons, either instrumental or voice, Piano class as needed, Recorder class, Theory lessons at the appropriate entering level, and an ensemble. As mastery in college subjects is gained and demonstrated, they may enter the Music Education major. Pedagogical classes in music, together with a solid curriculum of Core and professional subjects, fill the curriculum. Music educators must be educated in vocal and instrumental music. Students in the BME program also present a half recital in their vocal or instrumental field during their senior year.

Career Opportunities

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Music Education will be able to pursue graduate studies and placement in public or private primary or secondary schools as music educators. Their curriculum includes courses such as “The Christian Educator,” in which they learn how to share their faith appropriately through what they are trained to do.

  • Teach private lessons or continue their studies in Graduate school
  • Teach Music courses in primary and secondary schools in the Tri-State area
  • Teach Music in Christian schools
  • Teach special-needs students through the medium of music, if they so choose.
Our Graduates

The Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education has been very successful at Nyack College. We have found that BMusEd students graduating from Nyack College have been welcomed in many schools throughout the Tri-State area. Our BMusEd Graduates are currently working as classroom teachers and principals, as well as in Special Education. Some specialize in certain areas, such as recorder.

Key Faculty:  Dr. Elizabeth Swanson

Chorale director, Dr. Elizabeth Swanson, is the primary advisor for Music Education. In addition to her advanced degrees in conducting, Dr. Swanson holds a degree in Music Education from St. Olaf’s College.

She provides Chorale students with experience through touring and performing in many venues here and abroad. Her strong pedagogical knowledge of ear training and sight singing, as well as her knowledge of conducting and music history, provide a strong foundation for her students and advisees.


Credits: 140
Standard Completion Time:  4 1/2 years
Accreditation: NCATE, Middle States Accrediting Agency, NY State Board of Regent


"Throughout my (10) years as an educator, I have witnessed the influential power that a teacher has to uplift, restore, encourage, and stimulate students to do great things.  The Music faculty at Nyack College, NYC not only taught me the knowledge that I needed to be successful at my profession but they also taught me the power to inspire a new generation." (D.C., Class of 2005)