Degree type(s): Bachelor's
Degree field(s): Music; Arts
Location(s): Bismarck, ND

Music Education Bachelor's Degree Program Overview

Four-year degree; Bachelor of Science (BS)

The Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree at the University of Mary prepares you for a career teaching music.

At the completion of your degree, you are qualified to apply for licensure in music, grades K-12, and are equipped to teach classroom, choral, and instrumental music. We believe that preparing you in all levels and areas of music education makes you a better educator, and allows you to apply to any open position after graduation.

Music Education Program Highlights

The Music Education bachelor’s degree program integrates a challenging curriculum with practical and professional training. As a music education major at the University of Mary, you will enjoy unique opportunities to:

  • Experience a wide variety of lesson, classroom, and ensemble opportunities to prepare you for a well-rounded career as a music educator.
  • Tour regionally, nationally, and internationally with campus ensembles.
  • Get hands-on experience in the classroom teaching music through our practicum experiences, school performance opportunities, and student teaching program.
  • Gain exposure to and develop a deeper understanding of Christian, Catholic, Benedictine values that you can apply to your music education career and your life.

What Students Are Saying

“The one-on-one instruction and individual attention I received while a student at the University of Mary served as a model for me as I began my teaching career. The instructors challenged me to set high goals and helped me to do my best in all areas of my college career”

Chris Harvey, Class of 1990, 2014 Finalist, ND Teacher of the Year

The Music Education Bachelor of Science program includes liberal arts courses, foundational courses in music theory, piano, voice, music history, arranging, technology, and conducting, practical experience and methods courses in all areas of music education, lessons and ensembles, and education courses with a capstone of a senior recital and student teaching in elementary and middle school/secondary music classrooms.

Curriculum Guide - Music Education

You may audition for music scholarships which can be stacked with most academic scholarships. If you live more than 250 miles from campus, you may submit a video recording, or audition during your campus visit.

The deadline for priority consideration for scholarships is February 20, although applications are welcome at any time.

For more information please contact the Music Department or University of Mary Admissions at (800) 288-6279.

Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 

Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application to the Music Department takes place in the first semester of the sophomore year, or during the first semester for transfer students.

We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.

If you are thinking about pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music education, you might also be interested in the following undergraduate programs offered at the University of Mary: