Department of Music Education

The Department of Music Education provides degree programs that lead to teacher certification and graduate studies in music education. It also offers courses in teaching music for all music majors.

The Setnor School of Music’s Music Education Department oversees programs in music education in conjunction with Syracuse University’s School of Education.


You will develop a knowledge and understanding of inclusive and diverse environments that may include students of all levels of ability. Graduates of this program possess a heightened awareness of individual needs and social justice such that they enter the field as music educators of excellence who are capable of creating learning environments that ensure successful outcomes for all students.

While you engage in your comprehensive preparation as a music teacher, you also elect one of five specialty emphases: brass, choral/general, woodwind, percussion, or strings. This combination of knowledge and skills provides you with a level of flexibility in teaching that increases your marketability as a teaching professional. All options lead to the B.M. degree in music education while meeting the new requirements for initial teaching certification in New York State for levels birth to grade 12.

Students who graduate from SU's undergraduate program in music education have the option to continue their education in our fifth-year master's program in music education. In this one-year graduate program, students may pursue either the master of music in music education degree or the master of science in music education degree. Both degrees fulfill the education requirement for professional teaching certification in New York State.


There are a number of graduate assistantships available to Graduate Music Education students at Syracuse University. These range from Graduate Teaching Assistantships to Graduate office work in the Facilities or Orchestra Offices.

The department offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in music education. For curriculum information visit the Degree Programs Page. For information on applying to/auditioning for these programs, visit Apply. For questions about the department, contact Dr. Elisa Dekaney, chair, at 315-443-4854 or