Music Education

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 Fine Arts in collaboration with Our Lady of Holy Cross College offers coursework leading to post-baccalaureate certification in Louisiana.

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


At Loyola, you’ll have the unique opportunity to learn from a highly distinguished faculty that includes noted educators, world-renowned performers, authors and more. Here’s just a sampling of the caliber:

  • A Rocky Mountain Concerto Competition winner
  • A past performer with the New York Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein
  • A recipient of the International Association of Jazz Educators’ Lifetime Achievement Award
  • A member of the New Orleans Public Schools Music Education Committee and the Music Education Committee of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

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