Bachelor of Music Education

The undergraduate curriculum is focused on teacher preparation for a wide variety of elementary and secondary school settings as well as more specialized courses in instrumental, choral, general, and technology concentrations. Field experiences are integrated throughout the program so that preservice teachers gain valuable insights from working firsthand with experienced teacher mentors in music classrooms in the Urbana/Champaign area and beyond. Graduates of the program teach in public and private schools in both U.S and international settings.

Students enrolled in the Choral Concentration for the Bachelor of Music Education degree prepare for teaching students in secondary choral programs, as well as adult choirs. Throughout the program, students examine relevant developmental, social, and vocal issues in the middle school and high school choral classroom, explore concepts of choral tone and production, learn to select appropriate repertoire, and experiment with conducting gesture as well as various methods of score analysis and planning for instruction. Involvement with local choral programs provides opportunities for students to synthesize learning in real-world settings.

Students enrolled in the General Music Concentration for the Bachelor of Music Education degree prepare for teaching comprehensive musical courses in grades P-12.  The concentration focuses on developing knowledge, skills, and understandings that foster vibrant and creative music programs in a variety of contexts. Courses enable students to consider musical culture, diversity, and developmental and social learning theories as foundations for planning instruction.  Beyond the core music education courses, students take specialized classes in Early Childhood Music, Popular Music Pedagogy, and Music in the Interdisciplinary Curriculum.  Teaching experiences in local schools complement many of the general music courses.

The Instrumental Concentration for the Bachelor of Music Education degree prepares students to teach band and orchestra in elementary and secondary music education programs. Students in the Instrumental Concentration take a thoughtful sequence of technique (“how to play”) courses on percussion, string and wind instruments. In addition to the core music education, students take advanced instrumental methods (“how to teach”) and conducting classes.  Significant observation and teaching experiences in either band and orchestra classrooms at both the middle school and high school level are included throughout the course of study.

The Technology Concentration for the Bachelor of Music Education degree prepares students for contemporary and emerging practices related to teaching with, through, and about various technologies in P-12 music classrooms. Students in the Technology concentration of the BME degree program have the opportunity to explore areas including, but not limited to computer programming, digital and electronic music creation, electrical engineering, mediated educational environments, multimedia, sound recording and reproduction, and/or sound reinforcement. Additionally, students in this concentration apply their experiences in these varied fields to P-12 music education settings via a capstone portfolio project.


How to Apply

1. Complete the University Application.
2. Complete the Supplemental Music Application (will become available 24-48 hours after submitting the University Application). DUE BY DECEMBER 1.
3. Complete an audition
4. Participate in an Interview: Applicants must participate in an interview with a member of the Music Education faculty. This interview is normally scheduled as part of the on-campus audition process. If the applicant is not visiting the campus in person then the interview must take place via Skype or conference call on the same date as the on-campus interviews. During the interview our faculty will engage the applicant in a discussion of their musical background, leadership experience, and long-term professional goals.  Applicants will also have the opportunity to ask the faculty questions about the B.M.E degree program, the various courses of study at the School of Music and the university experience in general.
5. Take the Theory Diagnostic Test: Applicants who attend an on-campus audition/interview will complete the exam on site; all others must arrange for a proctor to administer the exam. Applicants wishing to engage a proctor must complete and return the Proctor Approval Form

  • Note: To be eligible to enter the Music Education certification track, students must have a score of 22 or higher on the ACT along with a 19 or higher on the writing portion of the ACT (a pasing score on the Test of Academic Proficiency [TAP] may be used instead of an ACT score)