Music Education

Music Education

The University of Northern Iowa School of Music is widely regarded as one of the finest music programs in the Midwest and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Combined with UNI’s internationally-renowned teacher education program, the music teaching major at UNI more than prepares students for a successful teaching career and provides licensure in music for grades K-6 and 7-12.


Students in the music education program may choose between three different areas of emphasis: choral/general, instrumental/general or jazz/general.


Music education graduates will be well-versed in musical history and theory, aural training, sight-singing, and more, in addition to taking part in UNI’s excellent teacher preparation courses.


With expert faculty, three different field experiences, and a full semester of student teaching, graduates are well prepared for starting their professional careers.

UNI's School of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.


Contact the School of Music as early as possible. We can connect you with your major applied professor to work on a plan and auditions before your arrival.


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Field Experience

As a music education major, you will have three field experiences in which you will explore, define and sharpen your skills as a future classroom teacher.  Your teaching experience will be capped off with student teaching which can be done in Iowa, throughout the United States or overseas.

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Educator Prep

Students in UNI’s educator preparation programs acquire more than 700 hours of hands-on classroom experience before graduation. This is done through more than 350 school district partnerships, 9 Iowa student teaching centers, and one out of state & international student teaching center that coordinates all out of state and international student teaching placements.

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University of Northern Iowa undergraduate students in music may receive scholarships each year ranging from $2,000 to $24,000 over four years. The majority of scholarships may be renewable for four years based upon successful progress and available funding. There are opportunities for both entering students and currently enrolled students.


96% of last year's UNI graduates are employed or continuing their education


Music Education

Arts Management

Popular Music

Jazz Studies

Musical Theater

Music History

Music Industry

Music Theory and Composition

Music Therapy





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Jeffrey Funderburk
Director, School of Music
Associate Dean
College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences
Professor, Music
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614
319-273-2024 (Music Office)
319-273-2725 (Office of the Dean)

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