Students pursuing music education at Trinity participate in an innovative five-year program. After earning the four-year Bachelor of Music, students complete a summer graduate program and a student-teaching internship and are awarded a Master of Arts in Teaching and all-level teacher certification in music. With a dual emphasis in music and liberal arts, the Bachelor of Music in music education may be focused on elementary general music education, choral music education, or instrumental music education.

Fast Facts
  • Unique five-year program couples music major with Master of Arts in Teaching
  • 100% placement rate in teaching positions for graduates of MAT in music education
  • Ample “podium time” conducting ensembles to build portfolio
  • More than 25% of students perform in music ensembles
Two conductors reading music


What You'll Study

Learning how to teach—one note at a time


Raising the Bar

While faculty are experts in their craft, teaching is their real forte. And who better to teach students how to teach, than the best teachers themselves?

David Heller
David Heller, D.M.A.
Department Chair
Faculty Headshot: Brian Bondari
Brian Bondari, D.M.A.
Associate Professor
Joe Kneer, D.M.A.
Associate Professor
Jacquelyn Matava, D.M.
Associate Professor
Kimberlyn Montford
Kimberlyn Montford, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
headshot of James Worman_2022
James Worman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Student Opportunities

Humming with opportunities on campus, in San Antonio, and around the world.

“I cannot tell you how much I have grown from when I started with Dr. Bondari to now. You can always get better, but now I see myself as a composer whereas before I was just a person who wrote music.” - Caileen Tallant ’16


Music scholarships range from $1,500 - $10,000 per year and are renewable annually based on a successful audition, continued full-time enrollment, and...

Research Opportunities

Students find ways to weave music into research for other disciplines.

Study Abroad

From China to Austria, students perform around the world, fully immersing themselves in the very regions from which their music originates. Learning...


Students are also actively involved in observing and teaching in elementary and secondary schools throughout their four-year undergraduate experience...

Spaces and Facilities

Students perform inside stunning facilities on campus, such as the Smith Music Building, Laurie Auditorium, and Margarite B. Parker Chapel. Trinity is...

Student Organizations

Students can join various choral and instrumental ensembles that perform on campus and around the world. Two a cappella groups serenade campus every...

Honors and Student Awards

Pi Kappa Lambda recognizes outstanding achievements of music students pursuing a Bachelor of Music or a Bachelor of Arts with a major in music...

Lecture Series and Annual Events

Stieren Arts Enrichment Series

Through the Stieren Arts Enrichment Series, Trinity regularly hosts an array of world-class musicians on residency who...

When You Graduate

Key to Success

Trinity music education majors participate in activities usually only afforded to graduate students at other institutions, which give them an advantage post-graduation. Undergraduates receive ample “podium” time in order to develop their musical leadership skills and boost their resume with professional experiences.


Trinity’s career placement network prides itself on placing 100 percent of the graduates of the Trinity teacher education program. Recent graduates are teaching in diverse settings, are active in leadership roles in the profession, and have presented their ensembles at state conferences.

Career Areas:

  • Education
  • Educational Leadership
  • English as a Second Language
  • Music Business
  • Teaching



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