Music Education


The Music Education program is run jointly by the School of Music and the Faculty of Education, and is perfect if you want to teach music in public schools. Music education offers excellent career prospects: all graduates of the Bachelor of Music and the professional year (“Fifth Year”) who have sought work in public schools, have successfully found jobs.

Fifth Year

To teach in public schools in BC, you must complete both the four-year bachelor's degree and a fifth certification or professional year in a Faculty of Education. If you complete the Bachelor of Music with a major in Music Education, you are guaranteed acceptance into the professional year at UVic.

Program Options

The Secondary Instrumental option is ideal if you want to be a music specialist. This means that most graduates will not need to teach subjects other than music. They are likely to work as high school band directors and teach related subjects. The Secondary Choral option is a secondary teaching area, since choral programs are less numerous in BC schools.

If you are interested in teaching music in elementary schools, please contact the Education Advising Centre by calling 250-721-7877 or emailing


Music education students are actively engaged in professional development and learning networks. For more information, please see the University of Victoria Student Music Educators' Association.


Gerald King
B.M. (UBC), M.M. (West. Wash.) Ed.D. (B.Y.U)
Music Education, University Wind Symphony (Conductor)
(on leave July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014)

Mary Kennedy
B.Mus, M.Ed. (U. of Vic.), PhD (Wash)
External Faculty - Associate Professor - EDCI
Philomela Women's Choir (Conductor)
(on leave July 1-December 31, 2013)

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