Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music Education

Department of 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.


The Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music Education requires a minimum of 130 credits: coursework is composed of 40 hours of performance and a minimum of 25-26 non-SMTD credits. SMTD coursework to include:

  • Private lessons
  • Music Education
  • Music Theory
  • Musicology
  • Ensemble participation
  • Piano
  • Conducting
  • Student teaching

Double-Major in Music Performance

Education students may pursue a double-major in Education and Performance. The Bachelor of Music in Performance is designed for those vocalists and instrumentalists who wish to prepare for a professional performance career.

The BM in Music Education degree program is designed to satisfy licensure requirements in the state of Michigan. Licensure requirements vary in other states and the University of Michigan has not determined whether completion of this program will satisfy all educational prerequisites for licensure in other states. The State of Michigan has signed the interstate agreement of the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification, which facilitates the mobility of educators among 46 of the states. We encourage students to contact the appropriate licensing agency in the state in which they are located or, if different, the state in which they intend to seek licensure for more information. Find state specific information

Degree requirements and term-by-term layout for current students.

Audition Dates

How To Apply

Applicants must:

  • Apply to U-M via the Common Application or Coalition Application (current U-M students should use the Cross-Campus Transfer Application) by December 1
  • Submit an SMTD Artistic Profile by December 1 for a live audition
  • Have all supplemental materials sent to the U-M Office of Undergraduate Admissions

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