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Teaching Artistry and Music Education Concentration

An NEC student teaches a child piano

A robust teaching practice is an essential part of a 21st-century musician’s career. Successful teaching artists need to be adaptable and skilled in helping a wide range of communities learn to make music.

Academic Catalog
An NEC student teaches a child piano

A teaching artist is a practicing artist who develops the complementary skills, curiosities and habits of mind of an educator, who can effectively engage a wide range of participants in learning experiences in, through, and about the arts.”


How to Apply

The Teaching Artistry and Music Education Concentration is available to NEC undergraduate and graduate students.

Declaring the concentration requires the submission of a formal application. This can be completed online or using the paper form available at the Community Performances and Partnerships Office (SB 200)*. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year; priority is given to those submitted before the following deadlines:

Fall Priority Deadline: September 13, 2024
Spring Priority Deadline: March 2025 (specific date to come)

Following receipt of your application, you will be contacted to schedule an informal interview with CEPS staff.

*Check back soon to access the 2024-2025 application.

Teaching Artistry Workshop Series

Teaching Artistry and Music Education Concentration Workshop Series

NEC Teaching Artistry and Music Education workshops are open to the NEC community throughout the year. These workshops expand on the curricular and experiential learning opportunities in the concentration by inviting experts from a range of fields to present interactive learning opportunities.

Check back soon for 2024-2025 workshops!

Teaching Artistry Workshop Series

Frequently Asked Questions

This concentration is designed to build practical experience and skills for a variety of different types of teaching work, including private lesson studios, classroom co-teaching, sectionals, work with adults, creative aging, and much more. This concentration will give you the basic skills you need to be successful in all kinds of teaching as well as opportunities to dive deeper into particular areas of interest. All the experiences are rooted in giving you real-world experience.

The Teaching Artistry and Music Education Concentration is not a teacher certification program. However, students may be able to use some course credits towards meeting state or professional licensure. Further general information about state certification is available from Community Engagement and Professional Studies (CEPS).

Students who start the concentration as an undergraduate must finish it as part of their degree program; they cannot carry it over to graduate work at NEC. Graduate students who declare the concentration during their MM degree may continue their progress and complete it as part of a subsequent GD or DMA degree. This must be done in consultation with CEPS staff and will require prior approval.

Courses taken between 2021 and 2023 will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis toward counting for credit to the concentration. Courses must be on the list of concentration coursework or belong to previous Music in Education coursework. Please discuss with CEPS staff if this applies to you when applying for the concentration.

Only fellowships and internships completed during the 2022-23 academic year will be considered for credit toward completing the concentration.

Yes! This concentration, including its coursework and capstone project will be listed on your transcript. Workshops and experiential learning opportunities will be represented by completion of the concentration.