Our Bachelor of Arts in Music gives you comprehensive training in the core music curriculum – including music history and theory as well as applied music – and the liberal arts.
**This program is no longer accepting new students**
If you dream of sharing your own music experience, seeing your ensemble shine at a festival, challenging middle schoolers with Mozart or Holst, or teaching preschoolers to sing traditional American folk songs, no place readies you as well as Saint Rose. Since Saint Rose was founded, we’ve been successfully preparing music educators to teach in public and private schools.
Our rigorous training and hands-on fieldwork ensures that in four years you’ll complete the requirements for New York State certification in music, grades K-12, and graduate as a skilled, experienced music teacher who reaches students’ hearts as well as their ears.
Start with intensive foundational training in music performance and music theory, progress through key education coursework, and spend your last semester serving as a student teacher. With the guidance of our dedicated, accomplished faculty who have all taught in public or private schools, you’ll develop performance and teaching skills on woodwind, brass, percussion, and string instruments, as well as piano and voice.
You’ll learn to connect with your students and share your love of music with them. And you’ll graduate a confident, capable music educator ready to teach general music or direct band, orchestra, or chorus at any K-12 grade level – joining generations of award-winning Saint Rose alumni who not only fill the ranks of music-education leadership locally and nationally, but are the best loved teachers in their schools.
All prospective Music in Performance students must audition in order to be considered for admission.View Audition Information
Saint Rose sang to me. Out of four music schools I visited, Saint Rose blew them all out of the water. The moment I stepped onto campus, I was greeted by the sweetest, warmest faculty I’ve ever met. The facilities are so impressive, and the students are amazing – talented musicians everywhere, equipped with their own different flavor from all over. This is a great place to be for music!
–Xavier Ortiz-Reyes, Music Education, Class of 2021
The Saint Rose Music Education program is comprehensive K-12 and enables graduates to teach in all areas of music: general, instrumental, and vocal. Instrumental music majors focus on Instrumental Music Education, which prepares them to be band or orchestra directors as well as general music teachers. Vocal, Piano, and Guitar majors focus on Vocal Music Education, which prepares them to be choral directors and/or general music teachers.
Follow Rich Jiminez ’21, a music education student, as he takes you through his day at The College of Saint Rose.
Student Spotlight: Sarah Wright ’21
Guilderland Music Academy in Albany, NY
Beginning in their first semester of study you can find our music education students gaining both pre-student teaching observation and professional development experiences. The capstone project is a full-semester of student teaching in elementary and secondary public and/or private schools throughout the Capital Region.
Talented, accomplished, and 100% dedicated to you: Our faculty provide the perfect balance of challenge and support for your inspiration. A 10:1 student-faculty ratio means you receive their undivided attention and mentorship.
As the Coordinator of the Music Education Program, I am committed to supporting our undergraduate students at all points of their professional development. As an elementary music specialist, I enjoy sharing PK-5 and middle general music pedagogies with all education majors!
Professor Robert Hansbrough has been named a guest conductor at the University of Szeged, among the many Saint Rose music faculty members invited to contribute their talents at institutions across the country and overseas.
Sarah Dworjan ’19 – Music Education Alumni,
Teacher at Brighter Choice Charter Elementary School for Girls
We’re a community that loves music, and lives to foster each other’s creativity. Our graduates use their Saint Rose education as a springboard to employment in music education.Explore Our Amazing Outcomes
Of course, if you have any questions, please reach out. We’re here to help.
Coordinator of Music Education