Music Education

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

Music Education

The Music Education Program at Loyola University New Orleans has a long tradition of excellence, a comprehensive field-based curriculum, and an outstanding record of accomplishment by its graduates.  At Loyola University, students have the unique opportunity to learn from a highly distinguished faculty of  renowned music educators, musicians, and scholars who have practical experience teaching in the school setting. 

At Loyola University, you will learn to meet the needs of diverse learners while applying relevant pedagogical practice of instruction that help your students achieve their full musical potential. Through study and interaction with faculty and practicing mentor-teachers, you will not only grow as a musician, teacher, and thinker but also develop an aesthetic vision of excellence in teaching.  The primary goal of our music teacher education program is to prepare you for success in today’s music classroom.

Did you know…

  • You can add a concentration in Jazz Studies as part of your music education degree
  • You will be certified to teach music in private, parochial, charter, and public schools
  • You will be qualified to teach general music, band, choir, orchestra, and more…
  • Our graduates teach at schools in Louisiana and across the United States

Music Education Degree Programs

For more information about Loyola University’s Music Education program, please contact

Dr. Edward McClellan, Division Coordinator of Music Education

Music Education Faculty

National Association for Music Education Collegiate Chapter

NAfME: The National Association for Music Education is the professional organization for music educators. As a collegiate member of NAfME, you have opportunities to network with active music educators, discover new teaching methods and techniques, attend workshops and clinics, foster collegial relationships with fellow students, and participate in activities that will prepare you for your career. Collegiate NAfME members have networking opportunities which play a significant role in getting job interviews, landing jobs, and succeeding in their careers as music educators.

Anyone interested in music education is welcome to join the Loyola University New Orleans Collegiate Chapter of NAfME. Meetings are held once a month and focus on topics such as professional development, advancements and innovations in music education, insights into the professional world, and leadership skills.

Alumni Accomplishments

Learn about the careers of our music education graduates.


Music Education Lecture Series

The purpose of the Loyola Music Education Lecture Series is to enrich the intellectual and cultural life of students, faculty, music teachers in the Greater New Orleans region, and the community at large by bringing distinguished individuals in the music education profession to campus for presentations on specialized subjects.

Music Education Presentation: Expertise in Music Learning: Implications for Developing Musicians by Dr. Robert Duke, Marlene and Morton Meyerson Centennial Professor, and Head of Music and Human Learning, The University of Texas at Austin