Music education

The Bachelor of Music with major in Music Education Secondary (instrumental or choral emphasis) is the ideal program if you wish to teach music in middle and secondary schools.

Music Education offers excellent career prospects: when followed by the Secondary Post-Degree Professional program in the Faculty of Education, all graduates seeking placement in education have successfully found jobs.

Secondary Post-Degree Professional program

To become certified to teach music in middle and secondary schools within British Columbia, graduates* of the BMus (Music Education Secondary) must complete an additional year** in the Secondary Post-Degree Professional program in the Faculty of Education. The Secondary PDPP can be completed as a diploma (24 units) or Bachelor of Education (30 units). Graduates are eligible for professional teacher certification from the BC Ministry of Education's Teacher Regulation Branch. 

Refer to the Faculty of Education's Secondary PDPP website for all program and admission requirements as well as application deadlines. 

* Graduates of BMus programs with a different major must take two years of School of Music music-education related courses to become elgible for application to the Secondary PDPP. As well as courses in approved English and demonstrated written English competency, an entrance interview is required.

** Effective September 2017, the Secondary PDPP will be 16 months in length for all teaching areas including music.

Program options

  • Secondary instrumental
    Ideal option if you want to be a music specialist and work as a middle school or high school band/orchestra director and teach music-related subjects.
  • Secondary choral 
    Ideal option if you want to be a music specialist and work as a middle school or high school choral director and teach music-related subjects.

Music Educators' Association

Music education students are actively engaged in professional development and learning networks. For more information, please see the University of Victoria Student Music Educators' Association.