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Undergraduate Degrees

The BME is the degree that prepares students to be educators in the nation’s K-12 schools.  Students are introduced to music education coursework as early as their very first semester, and are engaged in a sequence of music education courses during every semester of their degree while taking the same basic sequence of courses required of all music students. Our placement rate for graduating students with a BME degree is well above 90% over the past decade.

The vast majority of students in the BME program go on to teach in public and private schools.  Many will pursue a graduate degree in education in later years. This degree also prepares students for graduate study in performance.

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Instrumental Music Education
Vocal Music Education


Graduate Degrees


Graduate music education students experience the full gamut of advanced study, from teaching to research to community engagement. Programs include traditional courses in music education graduate study, area-specific classes, and seminars that focus on contemporary issues in the field. Master’s degrees are designed to expand instructional pedagogy, as well as prepare students for doctoral study. The PhD program reflects all aspects of the profession beyond graduation: teaching in the music education curricula, presentation and publication of original research, and service to the University, community, and professional organizations.