Music Education at the University of Northern Iowa

The Music Education program at UNI is known for its excellence in teacher preparation regarding the quality and level of musicianship, the extensive field experiences in local schools prior to the student teaching semesters, and the breadth of educational coursework in the College of Education. The placement/employment rate for UNI’s music education graduates has been at 100 percent for decades, providing teaching jobs in hundreds of Iowa schools as well as throughout the United States. UNI’s Music Education degree programs offer applied study with faculty who regularly perform around the world, ensemble performances with excellent conductors, and teacher preparation with music educators who are known for their excellence in methodology and pedagogy. In addition, field experiences in area schools provide the preservice teachers with teaching, learning, conducting, rehearsing, and classroom management in practical situations within the context of the music classrooms. Approximately 65 percent of the students in the School of Music are pursuing degrees in music education. There are 40 full-time faculty who actively teach, conduct research, and perform.


Technology and Piano Labs

Russell Hall houses a state-of-the-art technology lab and a piano lab, both used for classroom instruction and student work.


Degree Programs

Undergraduate degree programs in Music Education

Graduate degree programs in Music Education


Related Information

CMENC - UNI's collegiate chapter of MENC

Field Experience

Music Education Faculty

Music Education Resources

UNI School of Music

Teacher Education at UNI

Music Education Career Links (UNI Career Center)

MENC Podcast


Class Links



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