The NSU music education bachelor's degree program will help you grow as a musician while preparing you to excel in your dream career as a music teacher.

As an NSU music education major, you can learn to:


  • Teach music to K-12 students
  • Perform and create music, and
  • Develop students’ understanding and appreciation of the art of music

The instrumental emphasis is for you if you’d like to teach K-12 instrumental music and supervise school music programs. You’ll be encouraged to take vocal courses to strengthen your musicianship.


The vocal emphasis prepares you to teach K-12 vocal and general music and supervise school music programs. You’ll be encouraged to take instrumental courses to strengthen your musicianship.


Our double major in music – instrumental and vocal – is perfect if you’d like to teach in a smaller school district. With this degree, you’ll be qualified to teach grades K-12.


At Northern, you'll get individual attention from our renowned music faculty members who will help you develop your fullest potential.


You'll have plentiful performance opportunities as part of outstanding musical ensembles. NSU brings professional musicians to campus for residencies, workshops, lectures and recitals. Northern ensembles that tour each year include the Marching Wolves, Symphonic Band, Concert Choir, and Chamber Singers.


NSU is a fully accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). 



We’re happy to offer career planning assistance so you can make informed and satisfying decisions related to your career and educational goals.

Potential careers include elementary, secondary, and collegiate level teacher, private studio instructor, music supervisor, church musician, composer/arranger, music librarian, conductor, music or television/radio industry worker, music technician, and sound technician.

For more information on careers in your major or help choosing a major, contact Career Services.


Internships are not required for this program.


NSU offers 4-year music scholarships to incoming freshman and transfer students. Awards are based on spring auditions (dates announced in advance) and academic achievement, talent, and letters of recommendation. NSU also may award music scholarships to full-time students who participate in at least one major ensemble during each semester the award is in effect. 

Music Scholarships

Education Scholarships

NSU Scholarships