Music Education

A teacher teaches a young student how to play the keyboard.

A degree in Music Education prepares you for the stimulating career of professional music teaching. San José State University Music Education degree and credential programs lead to the California music teacher credential, opening up diverse employment opportunities. Teaching is an exciting and fulfilling career choice for those interested in blending musicianship and teaching skills. As an educator with a California music credential, you are state-certified to teach all music classes at any level, kindergarten through high school. Examples include elementary music specialist, middle school or high school band, choir, or orchestra director, classroom guitar or piano, musical theater, composition, mariachi, drumming, and others.

San José State University offers one of the most highly acclaimed Music Education programs in California. Degrees include: the Bachelor of Music in Music Education, the preparation degree for the California Teaching Credential; a California Single Subject Credential Program for K-12 in music; a traditional Masters of Music in Music Education; and a three-summer Master of Arts in Music Education. For more information on degree plans, faculty, programs, student organizations, and our student teaching program, choose one of the links in the navigation column. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Diana Hollinger or contact the SJSU School of Music and Dance.

Degree and Credential Programs


Dr. Diana HollingerDr. Diana Hollinger
Music Education Area Coordinator
MUS 164

Dr. Jeffrey BensonDr. Jeffrey Benson
Director of Choral Activities; Camp Choir Director
MUS 263

Dr. Kara Ireland D'AmbrosioDr. Kara Ireland D'Ambrosio
Music Education
MUS 203

Corie BrownCorie Brown
Choral Activities, Music Education

Craig McKenzieCraig McKenzie
Asst. Director of Bands; Camp Concert Band Conductor
MUS 108

Tiffany BarryTiffany Barry
Music Education

SJSU Spartan LogoDr. Robert Calonico
Teacher Observation