Why study Music Education at Washburn?

If you want to teach music, Washbun is the place for you. As a music education student, you will have the opportunity to study with nationally recognized music educators. Our program is comprehensive and has an exemplary reputation in Kansas and the region: as measured by 100% job placement among program graduates since 2013. Washburn music faculty members are passionate about their students and will prepare you to become a successful educator for today and the future. Music education majors must earn their P12 license to teach music in the state of Kansas. All instrumentation is accepted for this degree program.

Career Forecast Growing OutlookAverage Salary High school: $55,170 in Kansas Middle school: $58,010 in Kansas Elementary school: $54,460 in Kansason campus
A music student smiles while holding a saxophone in a jazz band practice.

What sets Music Education at Washburn apart?

  • Washburn University’s Music Education program has a 100% job-placement rate for all graduates since 2013.
  • You'll collaborate with music educators from Topeka and regional public schools during your sophomore year.
  • Excellent scholarship opportunities are available for incoming freshmen, transfer, and returning students.
  • Professional organization student chapters will connect you professional musicians, current and future educators, and the community.
  • You’ll have access to masterclasses, clinics, conferences, and competitions, live performances, as well as school observations and more.
  • You'll study with internationally and nationally recognized artists and educators.
  • Music Education majors study with a diverse faculty who possess years of teaching experience in public education.
  • You'll perform in a wide variety of musical settings.

Set for success

CAREER FORECAST: growing outlook
Employment of teachers is predicted to grow about 4 percent from 2019 to 2029 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The rate is as fast as average for all occupations. 

Student/Faculty ratio

9:1 Education
7:1 Music


Give lessons and be a guest director for K12 students
Perform with ensembles or for community activities
Recordings, competitions, and conference presentations are possible
Study abroad

Qualities for success

Love of music
Passion for education
Time Management and organizational skills


Music Program
Garvey Fine Arts Center, Room 211
Washburn University
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Phone: 785.670.1511

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