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The Bachelor of Music Education degree (B.M.E.) is designed for students who wish to become certified music teachers. The program meets requirements for P-12 teaching certification in Indiana and reciprocal states. The curriculum for the B.M.E. degree involves approximately one-half of the coursework in music (performance and musicianship studies) and approximately one- half in liberal arts courses and professional education courses. Two majors are available: an instrumental/general music emphasis and a choral/general music emphasis.

All students who wish to complete the B.M.E. degree must be admitted to the Music Teacher Education Program, preferably by the end of the sophomore year. Please confer with the music education faculty about requirements for admission and certification. (A GPA of 2.8 is required to be admitted to this program.)

Students pursuing the B.M.E. degree, must successfully complete 14-weeks of full-time teaching experience in an approved music department of a school district. Students are under the supervision of a cooperating teacher and, at least, one University supervisor. In conjunction with student teaching, students enroll in the music education senior seminar, which stresses a professional examination of principles of classroom management, legal rights and responsibilities, certification, accountability, and current issues in education.  Students participate in a final exhibition that involves a formal presentation of personal growth and competence via the electronic portfolio process.

Completion of the B.M.E. degree requires a total of 36 course credits, including ensembles and lessons.

Requirements for Class of 2026 and 2027

Requirements for Class of 2025 and Earlier