The Catholic University of America

The Music Education program at the Catholic University of America is pleased to announce that we have 100% placement for our graduated students!

Our students secure music teaching positions in the DMV area and across the United States.


The Music Education Division

Excellent Musicians Who Teach Well

The Music Education program of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music is committed to developing excellent musicians who teach well. We encourage students to achieve the highest standards of musical performance, musical understanding and professional demeanor. We also provide a strong theoretical and practical foundation in the field of music education, enabling students to acquire the finest teaching skills.  

We work hard to develop teachers who are well prepared, because the children they teach deserve the very best. 


A Program that Prepares You to Teach Anywhere

Both in and out of the classroom, the CUA Music Education program provides the framework for developing excellent musicians who teach well. Through a combination of music, music education, and liberal studies courses (including courses in philosophy and theology), students can obtain the necessary knowledge, skills and dispositions to become certified to teach in both public, charter, Catholic and other private schools. We seek to prepare students for the real requirements and rigors of certified music teaching as well as exploring novel ways to offer and deliver music instruction in other emerging locations for instruction and service.


Connecting Past, Present, and Future Music Educators

The Music Education division encourages all students to observe classes and to prepare and teach mini-lessons in their coursework as underclassmen prior to their time as student teachers, in order to be better prepared for their full-time jobs as teachers. Attending music education conferences sponsored by the National Association for Music Education and workshops held by the American Orff-Schulwerk Association and the Organization of Kodaly Educators is strongly encouraged.

Through observing teachers who are recommended by CUA faculty and developing relationships with past students at our annual Student-Teacher Reception, music education students are immersed in a community of educators. Online, we have a professional learning community for current and former students, as well as cooperating teachers and other professionals in the field. Through this professional network, students and teachers are able to share lesson plans, materials, questions, and job postings. The Music Education division believes that connecting students to their colleagues is pat of preparing students for teaching in the best and most relevant ways.

For Current Students: 

As of February 3, 2017, OSSE will again accept Praxis I exams (PPST/CBT), ACT, SAT, or GRE scores as an acceptable substitution for the Reading and Math Basic Skills tests. However, these exams are not accepted for the Writing requirement.

The OSSE guidelines as of February 2017 are available here. 

From August 2016 until February 2017, DC had stopped accepting SAT/ACT/GRE scores as a partial substitute for Praxis I core.  These more recent guidelines mitigate that particular problem. Even if your SAT/ACT/GRE etc scores are high enough, they can only exempt you from the Praxis *Math* and *Reading* Tests, and you will still need to take the Praxis Core WRITING test. Music educators  will l need to take Praxis II Music (Content Knowledge) and at least one Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching test to earn a teaching license from DC. 


Click here for a listing of teachers and schools in the area who are available for field observations in the 2016-2017 school year!


We also offer a Teacher Certification Program for students who wish to pursue other music majors (e.g. Musical Theatre or Voice.)

New Music Education Handbook

Students: Check out our new Music Education Handbook!


Check out our new webpage for CUA's chapter of the National Association for Music Education!