Music Education

The Bachelor of Music Education is a "career" degree in that the student who graduates receives a degree and a license to teach music in public schools. (Private schools may or may not require licensure.) There are two tracks: Vocal/General Music and Instrumental/General Music.

The Vocal/General track is for students who wish to teach choir, grades K–12. The Instrumental/General track is for students who wish to teach band and/or orchestra, grades K–12. Both allow the teaching of general music, grades K–12. Because of the many credits necessary to complete all of the requirements, the BME normally takes 4½– 5 years to complete, including student teaching.


Music Education Major

The Music Education major is designed to prepare students to teach music in grades K–12 in private or public schools. Due to the number of credits required, the music education degree normally takes 4½ years to complete.

Entrance auditions are required for all students wishing to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in General Music, Bachelor of Music, or Bachelor of Music Education degree. Auditions are held during spring semester and new student orientation in August. Please visit the music admissions & scholarships  page for more information.

Admission Procedures

Applicants desiring to pursue a Bachelor of Music Education degree should follow standard admissions procedures with the Admissions Office. Entering freshmen who indicate their intent to work toward a music education degree are considered pre-music majors until they successfully complete both the Sophomore Interview and admission to the Teacher Education program.

Auditions: Ensembles and Private Lessons

All music majors are required to participate in a major performance ensemble and to take private study in their primary performing area. Auditions are held during New Student Orientation which occur the week before classes begin and at designated summer auditions. Learn more about music admissions & scholarships.

Sophomore Interview

During the sophomore year, the Sophomore Interview is to be conducted before the music faculty. The interview is to determine the student's progress in lower-level music courses and to formally grant status as a music major, thereby permitting access to 4000-level music courses. Please contact the Music Office for information and guidelines regarding the Sophomore Interview.

Music Theory Placement Exam

All entering music majors, both freshmen and transfer students, are required to take the Music Theory Placement Exam during Orientation. The exam is designed to place students into the proper level of theory. Information is available from the Music Office.


All course work in the major, both music and education, must be passed with a grade of "C" or above.

Course Requirements

Complete course requirements are available under the Department of Education section of the website.

Career options

  • Teach in public or private school
  • Teach in overseas or Department of Defense schools
  • Teach private lessons
  • Church musician or leader
  • Performer

Other options

  • Work in music business, profit or nonprofit
  • Graduate studies in music education or other areas such as music therapy, performance, music history, or music theory

Faculty contacts

Cheryl Kelley, Ph.D.,
Music Education Coordinator

Mary Kay Geston, D.M.A.,
Vocal Music Education

Rodney Loeffler, M.M.,
Instrumental Music Education

Jeremy Kolwinska, D.M.A., Department Chair