Music Department


Music Education

Music Education at Viterbo

Music teachers and directors are passionate about music. They love learning and growing as they teach and make a positive impact on their students’ lives. A music education degree provides the skills and techniques and life experience to be well-prepared in the classroom. Whether you want to be a music teacher in high school, middle school, or elementary school, Viterbo University provides a small school environment with experienced faculty in a state-of-the-art facility so you can grow musically and personally to reach your full potential.

Viterbo’s program is a professional, National Association of Schools of Music-approved degree that provides comprehensive certification, kindergarten through grade 12 general, and grade 6­–12 choral. With a 97 percent pass rate on the Praxis Subject Assessment Test, Viterbo music education graduates are highly sought after. With a degree in music education from Viterbo University, graduates learn classroom management skills and are ready to help their students grow musically and personally.

Apply or plan a visit today to get started on your education and career in music education.

Program Highlights

  • Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music
  • A faculty coach/accompanist provided for each voice major
  • Opportunities to participate in fully-staged opera and music theatre productions
  • Instruction from artist/scholar faculty with extensive professional experience
  • Opportunities to participate and tour with small and large choral ensembles and classical and show choirs
  • Four state-of-the-art performance facilities: Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Main Theatre and Recital Hall, Viterbo University’s LaCroix Black Box Theatre, and the Weber Center for the Performing Arts
  • Newly restored Steinway grand pianos
  • Study abroad opportunities


Featured Alumni

Ben DiSera

"I feel that my education at Viterbo has prepared me quite well for real-world experiences. When I attended my classes I always felt like I left with something valuable to put toward learning the next day or teaching in my clinical experiences. There are many schools out there who are willing to offer you a wonderful education, but Viterbo offers something more. Visit Viterbo, set up a tour and see for yourself—you will not be disappointed."

Ben DiSera '13  
Director of Choral Music
Hayward High School

Career Examples

  • Choral director
  • Director of musical organizations
  • K–12 public and private school music teacher
  • Music licensing administrator
  • Private music teacher

Graduate Schools/Employers of Alumni

  • Copy Cat Licensing
  • Local school districts, including La Crosse, Black River Falls, Sparta, and Tomah
  • Northwestern University
  • Purdue University
  • SSE Music Company
  • University of Northern Iowa