BA in Music Education

The University offers a K-12 program in music education. Upon completion of the program and satisfaction of all program requirements, students graduate with a B.A. degree in music education and are certified to teach music on a PreK-12 level in the state of Ohio.


Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a strong Christian worldview.
  • Demonstrate appropriate professional characteristics as well as being life-long learners by setting professional goals and continually reflecting on and evaluating their teaching.
  • Demonstrate a broad-based knowledge in general core education subjects and extensive knowledge in their curricular area.
  • Value a holistic approach in dealing with learners by engaging in a wide range of teaching techniques and assessment practices, promoting learners’ construction of understanding and higher order thinking.
  • Develop relevant learning for pupils of varied educational, cultural, economic and language backgrounds.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use technology for their own learning and integrate available technology in their teaching to enhance student learning.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements, Music Education applicants must also meet the following criteria:

  • Successfully audition for the music program.
  • Complete the general education test of reading, mathematics skills, and writing skills sections of Praxis I with scores of at least 172 or above on the mathematics and writing skills sections, and 173 or above on the reading skills section. Students must furnish the Music Department, Teacher Education Department and Registrar with Praxis I scores.
    • Each section may be taken as often as needed to pass.
    • Classes in Teacher Education may not be taken until this requirement is satisfied.
    • Students with 25 or above composite ACT scores with no individual scores below 21 are exempted from the Praxis I requirement.
  • Complete TE100 Integrated Studies for Teachers and TE203 Studies in the Foundations of Teaching with a grade of "C" or above.
  • Complete a minimum of 30 semester hours and achieved a minimum of 2.5 GPA with no grade lower than a "C" prior to admission to the program. Students admitted to the program whose GPA falls below 2.5 are placed on probation. Two consecutive semesters on probation will result in suspension from the program.


Licensure Requirement

Program completers must pass Praxis II in their specific concentrations and successfully complete the Teacher Performance Assessment for the state of Ohio.

Piano and Vocal Proficiencies

Music degree candidates who are not piano majors must enroll in applied piano until the piano proficiency exam has been passed. Piano majors must enroll in applied voice until the vocal proficiency exam has been passed. Students who have passed the required proficiency exam may elect to study another instrument to fulfill any remaining hours of non-major applied study.

Course Requirements

Specific course requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Music Education are listed below. Concentration requirements are specific to the course of study. Students are not required to complete both concentrations.