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When asked what one word best describes the Music Education concentration at St. Thomas, a faculty member replied, “innovative.”

What are recent graduates doing now?

In the last ten years we have had 100 percent placement of teachers graduating from the music education program. Graduates work in Minnesota and across the United States as elementary, secondary and college music educators.

What opportunities are there to bolster my resume while I'm in the program?

Internships. Each of our majors in music education receives significant hands-on experience in public schools in and around the Twin Cities.  Several hours per academic year are spent in the schools culminating experience in the Student Teaching Internship for one semester during the students’ senior year. Bloomington Jefferson High School, Mounds Park Academy, Roseville High School and Apple Valley High School are just a few of the local schools where our students have interned.

Study abroad. Music education students often travel abroad for a semester or two, studying in major conservatories and smaller institutions. Additionally, each of our major ensembles travels internationally giving performance tours, which allows them to immerse in the native culture and serve the community through music performance.

Faculty at work

Our faculty consists of international conductors and performers appearing as guest artists in countries across Europe, the United Kingdom, South America, China, Japan and Australia.  Our faculty members also have delivered papers nationally and internationally, sometimes appearing as headline speakers at major scholarly conferences. Our music education faculty members are highly sought after for their expertise in teaching and are invited to institutions and conferences across the United States and the world to give clinics, master classes and lectures on topics ranging from pedagogy to ensemble rehearsals.

What jobs are possible with a Music Education major?

  • Program director
  • Stage manager
  • Booking agent
  • Agent
  • Artistic representative
  • Business/ personal manager
  • Talent agent
  • Theatrical agent
  • Music critic
  • Music publisher
  • Music editor
  • Music union director
  • Instrument repairer/restorer
  • Lawyer
  • Music shop owner/manager
  • Piano tuner
  • Instrument designer
  • Advertising account executive
  • Author
  • Music distributor
  • Consultant
  • Museum curator
  • Instrument sales representative
  • Music journalist
  • Concert promoter
  • Youth director
  • Announcer
  • Choir director
  • Church musician
  • Concert master
  • Conductor


  • Band member
  • Fold musician
  • Jingle singer
  • Music supervisor
  • Opera singer
  • Song writer
  • Organist
  • Orchestra performer
  • Back-up musician/vocalist
  • Section leader/member
  • Private lesson teacher
  • Musical coach
  • Studio teacher
  • Music librarian
  • Music therapist
  • Stage manager
  • Concert soloist
  • Parish liturgist
  • Musical theatre
  • Elementary music teacher
  • Middle school instrumental music teacher
  • Middle school vocal music teacher
  • High school instrumental music teacher
  • High school vocal music teacher
  • College/university instructor/professor of music
  • Video jockey
  • Audio technician
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