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Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music Education

Designed for students who wish to teach instrumental music in elementary and secondary schools. Applicants should have an extensive background in at least one band or orchestral instrument, including private lessons and experience in bands and orchestras. Study of other instruments, including piano, is desirable. Demonstration of performance competence on a band or orchestral instrument is required.


  • A minimum of twenty-four credit hours of performance or completion of 425 or 426
  • Six courses in secondary instruments
  • One year of piano or placement exam equivalent
  • Participation in an approved band, choir, or orchestra each term of residence, except when student teaching
  • Two semesters of conducting
  • A minimum of eight hours of musicology, including the study of European and American music history
  • A minimum of two years of music theory, including the sounds and concepts of many world music traditions, and the study of the structure of primarily tonal music, through ear training and sight-singing, written work in construction and composition, and music analysis
  • One course in advanced music theory
  • One additional elective in musicology, music theory or jazz
  • One semester of music technology
  • A minimum of six hours of Music electives to be chosen in consultation with departmental advisor
  • A minimum of thirty-two credit hours of additional coursework in various departments covering the areas of humanities, natural and social science, one introductory psychology course, and the University's two semester English requirement
  • A minimum of eleven to fourteen Music Education credit hours
  • Nine hours of professional education courses
  • Admission to the Teacher Education Program
  • Twelve credits of student teaching
  • Completion of all applications, courses, student teaching, and audits necessary for the K-12 Michigan Teacher's Certificate
  • Final project as part of Performance series. Form and content will be determined under the guidance of departmental advisor
  • Electives to complete a total of 130-138 credit hours

Students should contact the Department of Music Education for specific details regarding the above requirements.


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