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Cumberlands’ Department of Music offers four degrees and three minors. As a student in any of these programs, you will learn to understand musical concepts, acquire musical skills and develop positive attitudes toward arts advocacy.

Music education focuses on the training and certification of music educators, and with your degree you’ll be qualified to teach music in grades P-12. The music faculty is comprised of outstanding music professionals who truly care about helping you develop your talents.

You’ll have access to fine facilities, including two lecture rooms, nine studios, a rehearsal hall, 16 practice rooms, and a music education classroom complete with a variety of teaching series and multiple Orff instruments. We have a 150- seat recital hall, an electronic piano lab, a professional recording studio and a computer-assisted instruction laboratory.

As a major in music education, you will earn the Bachelor of Music degree, not only will you be prepared to enter the educational marketplace but you’ll also be prepared to continue your studies in graduate school.

Requirements for all music majors include an audition to assess your performance skills and keyboard proficiency. As a music major, you will present a recital on your primary instrument during your senior year.

What Can I Do With This Degree?

Music education focuses on the training and certification of music educators. With a bachelor’s degree in music education, you’ll be qualified to teach music in grades P-12. Besides being prepared to enter the educational marketplace, you’ll be prepared to enter graduate school to pursue a master’s degree.

Here are some professions you can pursue once obtaining your Music Education Degree from UC:

  • Band Director
  • Choir Director
  • Elementary, Middle, or High School Music Teacher
  • Performer
  • Composer
  • Church Musician
  • Work for a band or recording artist
  • Work in a music store
  • Instrument Repair technician
  • Continue to Master’s program



Top Ten Reasons to Choose UC

one The members of the music faculty care about their students and work diligently to encourage their success

There are a variety of musical ensembles in which a student may participate and they are very active both on and off campus

three The Music Department is like one big family….which is usually a good thing!
four Students have opportunities to teach and perform music in the local community

ALL students study privately with members of the music faculty, not with graduate students as is the case with many larger programs

six Many performance opportunities . . . show your stuff & share the stage . . . vocal or instrumental, musical theatre & more!

Students study in a Christian environment that emphasizes excellence, honesty and mutual respect


Professors perform and present clinics throughout the region and share their expertise with UC students on a daily basis


Study diversions include hiking, visiting Cumberland Falls, spending a day at the Kentucky Splash Water Park and other activities unique to the beautiful southeast KY region

ten The UC Music Department will prepare you for a career you’ll love!