Degree type(s): Bachelor's
Degree field(s): Music; Arts
Location(s): Bismarck, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.
Music Education Bachelor's Degree Program
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 Degree 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.
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.
- MUS 121 - Sight Singing/Ear Training I
- MUS 122 - Sight Singing/Ear Training II
- MUS 123 - Music Theory I
- MUS 124 - Music Theory II
- MUS 132 - Percussion Methods
- MUS 221 - Sight Singing/Ear Training III
- MUS 222 - Sight Singing/Ear Training IV
- MUS 223 - Music Theory III
- MUS 224 - Music Theory IV
- MUS 231 - Brass Methods
- MUS 232 - Vocal Methods
- MUS 262 - Conducting I
- MUS 321 - Music Technologies
- MUS 323 - Orchestration and Arranging
- MUS 331 - Woodwind Methods
- MUS 333 - Jazz Methods and History or MUS 334 - Piano Pedagogy and Literature
- MUS 341 - Music History I
- MUS 342 - Music History II/World Music
- MUS 362 - Conducting II
- MUS 371 - Recital I
- MUS 382 - Elementary Music Methods
- MUS 383 - Secondary Choral Methods
- MUS 384 - Secondary Instrumental Methods
- MUS 431 - String Methods
- Seven semesters of applied music (primary)
- Four semesters of applied music (secondary)
- Piano proficiency-level four
- Seven semesters of major performance ensemble (primary)
- Three semesters of major performance ensemble (secondary)
- One semester of chamber ensemble (primary)
- Seven semesters of perform lab
- Four semesters of class or applied piano and class or applied voice
- EDU 200 - Introduction to Education
- EDU 202 - Introduction to Teaching for Transfer Students
- EDU 295 - Learners with Exceptional Needs
- EDU 301 - Classroom Management
- EDU 320 - Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
- EDU 367 - Cultural Diversity and Human Relations
- EDU 390 - Diverse Learners Practicum
- EDU 411 - Student Teacher Assessment
- EDU 423 - Student Teaching Seminar
- EDU 434 - Student Teaching: Music Ed (Elementary)
- EDU 435 - Student Teaching: Music Ed (Secondary)
- PSY 201 - General Psychology
- PSY 205 - Educational Psychology
- HUM 499 - Senior Competency Testing
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 fall 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.
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!
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.
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: