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Music Education: Instrumental Emphasis

Bachelor of Music

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Major Details

College: College of Fine Arts
Admissions Requirements:

Math Required:


    This strand involves the general understanding and appreciation of how mathematics is used to solve problems in everyday life. The G-strand does not prepare a student for any further work grounded in mathematics and assumes the student will not proceed beyond the basic Foundations level noted above. Thus only those students whose major requires the most general knowledge of mathematics should take this strand.
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: Yes
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

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AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge gained in the Music Education major in the Instrumental concentration of pedagogy, music history, and a wide variety of instrument techniques and materials provides a specialized career foundation. Graduates may pursue careers as music teachers in schools or other educational settings, or may offer private or group lessons in addition to work in any field.

Potential Career Areas

  • Classroom teaching
  • Private lessons
  • Program coordination
  • Outreach

Sample Employers

  • Elementary schools
  • Middle schools
  • Self-employment (lessons)
  • Afterschool education programs
  • Arts councils
  • Summer music programs
  • Nonprofit arts organizations

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Elementary School Music Teacher $34,400 - $51,700
Middle School Music Teacher $35,000 - $52,000
Music Teacher $33,400 - $57,820
Recreation Coordinator $32,500 - $40,500
Camp Director $30,000 - $80,000
Education Program Director $30,000 - $60,000
Private Instrument Teacher $23,000 - $60,000
Educational Activities Director, Nonprofit Theatre $18,000 - $42,000
School Music Supervisor $32,000 - $79,000