Do You Want to be a High School Music Teacher?

The School of Music offers three different pathways to becoming a high school music teacher:

  1. the Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Education (Secondary) dual degree
  2. the Bachelor of Music (Honours) / Bachelor of Education (Secondary) dual degree
  3. either the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree followed by the Master of Teaching (Secondary) degree

All pathways allow you to qualify as a classroom music teacher and an instrumental/choral music specialist teacher. The pathways offer different study options and take different amounts of study time to complete:

  1. 4 years
  2. 5 years
  3. either 5 or 6 years, depending on your Bachelor's degree

The dual degrees take 1 year less to complete than if you complete a Bachelor's degree followed by the MTeach(Sec), which allows you to take more elective courses during your Bachelor's degree than you can in a dual degree. Graduates of all pathways have the same starting salary. 

The BA gives you the option to qualify in two classroom teaching areas (such as Music and English or Music and History). You can take either the Music major or the Popular Music and Technology major to qualify as a classroom music teacher. The BA also gives you the option to specialise entirely in Music and qualify as a classroom music teacher and an instrumental/choral music specialist teacher through the Music extended major.

The BMus(Hons) requires you to specialise entirely in Music and qualify as a classroom music teacher and an instrumental/choral music specialist teacher. The BMus(Hons) requires an entry audition and includes practical study in your chosen instrument or the human voice for the first three years of the program, as well as courses in musicology, musicianship, and electives in music education, followed by a research project in the final year of the program.

Choose the pathway that best suits you and what you want to get out of your studies with us.