Music Education

A Loyola School of Music music education student helps an elementary student play a bassoon.

Teach the world to sing or play

Inspiring others is a gift. Loyola’s music education program is designed to help you develop your gifts and talents to become both a musician and a teacher. At Loyola, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from a highly distinguished faculty that includes noted educators, world-renowned performers, and authors who have practical experience teaching in the school setting.

And if you’re lucky enough to have it, the bachelor of music education degree is a perfect fit. The College of Music and Media in collaboration with Our Lady of Holy Cross College offers coursework leading to post-baccalaureate certification in Louisiana.

Music Education at Loyola

Music teaching requires an appreciation of the inherent beauty of music-making, while also understanding the artistic craft required to instruct others. Through study and interaction with Loyola faculty and practicing mentor teachers, you will not only grow as a musician, leader, and thinker, but develop a realistic vision of excellence in teaching music.

At Loyola University, you’ll learn to meet the needs of diverse learners while applying innovative and relevant pedagogical practices, music performance practices, and modalities of instruction that help your students achieve their full musical potential. The music education program’s reflective approach to music teacher preparation provides varied opportunities for university students to study children, study the school program, participate in teaching activities, reflect on teaching and learning, and apply learning theory in “real-life” learning experiences.

Music teacher education at Loyola University New Orleans is based in the standards set by the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) and Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary
Education (BESE).

Designed for future Music Teachers

  • Choose teacher certification in either vocal or instrumental music – you can even add a concentration in jazz studies if you’d like to really benefit from what New Orleans has to offer.

  • Prepare for your career by teaching in the community at both public and private schools and get a taste of how it feels to ignite young minds.

  • Allows for certification within two areas of music; instrumental (commonly used for bands and orchestral school programs) and vocal (commonly used for choral school programs)

  • 128 credit hours to complete music education degree. 

  • Graduates of our program are employed as band directors, chorus directors, orchestra directors, and teachers of general music at public, charter, parochial, and private schools across the United States.

Learn more about Loyola Music Education Alumni

Bachelor of Music in Music Education


Our faculty have experience in the school classroom who maintain active careers as
music teachers, clinicians, researchers, pedagogues, authors, and leaders in the music
education profession.

Prof. Dee Dee Johnson
Professor of General Music

Prof. Louise LaBruyere
Professor of Choral Studies

Dr. Edward McClellan
Associate Professor; Division Coordinator of Music Education and Music Therapy

Dr. Jean Montes
Associate Professor of Music and Director
of Orchestras

Prof. John Reeks
Professor of Clarinet and Woodwinds

Prof. Natasha Thomas
Clinical Coordinator of Music Therapy

Dr. Nick Volz
Associate Professor of Classical and Jazz Trumpet

Dr. Serena Weren
Director of Bands

Contact Information

For more information contact Division Coordinator Dr. Edward McClellan: at (504) 865-2085 or

  • Accredited by The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) 
  • Recognized as a “Top College of Music Teacher Education” by the Online College Database Directory of U.S. Colleges