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Music Education at St. Thomas: for students who love music and long to teach.


What are recent grads doing now?

Graduates work in Minnesota and across the United States as elementary, secondary and college music educators.

Learning opportunities outside of the classroom:

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 Involvement

Our faculty consists of international conductors and performers who have appeared as guest artists in countries across Europe, the United Kingdom, South America, China, Japan, and Australia. They have delivered papers nationally and internationally, sometimes appearing as headline speakers at major scholarly conferences. Our music educational faculty members are highly sought after for their expertise in teaching. They are often invited to give clinics, master classes, and lectures at institutions and conferences across the United States.

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
  • Boom operator
  • General director
  • Music video producer
  • Recording engineer
  • Recording mixer
  • Sound technician
  • Arranger
  • Composer
  • Lyricist
  • Music publisher
  • Music editor
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