Music Education / Program of Study

The music education program provides training that empowers students to become effective teachers and performers. Through the program, students complement their knowledge, skill and talent within the field of music with the development and demonstration of creativity in performance, composition and improvisation. Courses foster an understanding of the fundamental importance of music and the arts to human expression and allow students to gain knowledge of artistic and philosophical movements in history related to music. Students put their learning to use through methods classes, student teaching, and internship and performance opportunities.

Bachelor of Music in Music Education
Students earning the Bachelor of Music in Music Education are required to complete 124 credit hours, which include 70 hours of music courses, 31 hours of education courses and general education requirements.

Minor in Music
Students minoring in music are required to complete 24 credit hours, which include 10 hours of prescribed courses, six hours of music courses above the 200 level and eight hours of general music, applied music or ensemble music courses.

Music Education course descriptions »

Undergraduate course catalogue »

From the General Education Requirements

For Bachelor of Music students in Music Education, SOC 335 and PSY 312 will satisfy the Social and Behavioral Science requirement.

Required Major Courses

MUS-100 - Elementary Theory & Composition (3.00 cr.)

MUS-101 - Elementary Theory & Composition (3.00 cr.)

MUS-202 - Advanced Theory & Composition (3.00 cr.)

MUS-203 - Advanced Theory & Composition (3.00 cr.)

MUS-140 - Elementary Keyboard Harmony I (1.00 cr.)

MUS-141 - Elementary Keyboard Harmony II (1.00 cr.)

MUS-242 - Intermediate Keyboard Harmony I (1.00 cr.)

MUS-243 - Intermediate Keyboard Harmony II (1.00 cr.)

MUS-150 - Elementary Ear-Training (1.00 cr.)

MUS-151 - Elementary Ear-Training (1.00 cr.)

MUS-252 - Intermediate Ear-Training (1.00 cr.)

MUS-253 - Intermediate Ear-Training (1.00 cr.)

MUS-215 - Music Literature (3.00 cr.)

MUS-315 - History of Musical Styles and Structure: Antiquity -1750 (4.00 cr.)

MUS-316 - History of Musical Styles and Structure: 1750 to the Present (4.00 cr.)

MUA-090 - String and Percussion Techniques (2.00 cr.)

MUA-091 - Brass and Woodwind Techniques (2.00 cr.)

MUS-010 - Recital Seminar/Repertoire Class (0.00 cr.)

MUS-300 - Conducting (2.00 cr.)

MUS-301 - Conducting Workshop (1.00 cr.)

MUS-305 - Arranging for Instruments and Voices (3.00 cr.)

MUS-494 - Seminar in Music Literature (2.00 cr.)

Principal Applied Study(ies) (14 credit hours)

Students whose principal applied study is not voice should take 3 hours of voice as secondeary applied or elective

Seconday Applied Study(ies) (3 credit hours)

MUA-491 - Graduation Recital (B.A. or Music Education Majors) (1.00 cr.)

7 semesters of Ensembles

Keyboard proficiency

Professional Education Requirements

Education courses 31 hours

MUS-720 - Materials and Methods in Elementary Schools (2.00 cr.)

MUS-721 - Materials and Methods in Middle Schools (2.00 cr.)

MUS-722 - Materials and Methods in Secondary Schools (2.00 cr.)

EDU-232 - Schools and Social Change (3.00 cr.)

EDU-234 - Teaching and Learning (3.00 cr.)

EDU-305 - Web 2.0 Technologies for Public School Classrooms (1.00 cr.)

EDU-434 - Inclusion and the Adolescent Learner (3.00 cr.)

EDU-436 - Literacy and Learning in the Content Areas (3.00 cr.)

EDU-460 - Colloquium in Education (3.00 cr.)

EDU-490 - Observation and Directed Teaching (9.00 cr.)


Erica Rogers, '13

Erica Rogers earned a music degree from Meredith in piano performance - and then made plans to attend law school in the fall.


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