Music Education

Teachers in Massachusetts are licensed at three levels:Provisional (five years), Initial (five years), andProfessional (renewed every five years). The music education program within the Department of Performing Arts offers a course of study leading to the Initial License. Currently, there are no Master's degree programs offered in music, but there are Master's programs in education offered by the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD).

Requirements for receiving the Initial License in Music include the following:

1. Completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in Music

2. Completion of a prescribed pre-practicum course of study

3. Completion of a practicum component (student teaching) meeting the guidelines of the Massachusetts Department of Education

4. Passing the Massachusetts Tests for Educational Licensure (MTEL). There are two required tests: Communication/Literacy Skills and Subject Matter (in this case, Music). Visit to learn more about the MTEL.

For more information on the various paths to music teacher licensure at UMB, click the link below to view the Music Education Handbook. The initial contact person for the music education program is:

Josef Hanson, Ph.D
Assistant Professor of Music
Coordinator of Music Education
Performing Arts Department
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd. Boston, MA 02125-3393


To view the Music Education Student Handbook, click HERE,