The Music Education Program at Northern Kentucky University strives to prepare students for the challenges and rewards of teaching music in today's public and private schools. Individualized attention is provided to guide students as they complete coursework, certification requirements, and field experience in K – 12 public schools. NKU offers degree programs for students seeking vocal or instrumental certification (including piano) and helps prepare future music educators who will teach at the elementary, middle school, high school level.

The Music Education program follows the NKU Secondary Education program guidelines, while providing a focus in Music Education. Completion of the BME degree is the first step to Kentucky Teacher Certification. Visit the teacher education website for more information regarding education requirements and certification. Students seeking teacher certification in a state other than Kentucky should examine the guidelines for that particular state and work with the music education coordinator to ensure specific requirements are met to acquire certification.

NKU Music Majors have opportunities to teach!
And, give presentations to parents and the community!
NKU 2017 Home School Outreach Band and Choir Students!
Congratulations 2017 Spring Graduates!



Students who choose this track work with faculty across multiple music disciplines. Here is a link to the faculty in music.


Danielle Todd, Ph. D.
Assistant Professor of Music Education
Music Education Coordinator
(859) 572-6043

Kentucky Collegiate National Association for Music Education (KCNAfME)

The purpose of NAfME Collegiate membership is to afford students an opportunity for professional orientation in music education and development. Through local, state, and national meetings, students gain knowledge and development regarding philosophy of music education, teaching methods and materials, exposure to the music industry, and contact with others in the field of music education.