Bachelor of Science in Music Education

As a music educator, you’ll have the opportunity to share a passion in your life as you train the next generation of musicians. A handful of your students may gain prominence in professional classical, jazz or pop realms, while others may impact their churches as choir directors, singers and instrumentalists. The Florida Association of Teacher Educators has selected an SEU senior for its top scholar-teacher award for the past 10 years.Even those who may not study music beyond a basic class you teach can come to appreciate this God-given art form. Within the music education major itself, you’ll first take courses that will form your foundation as both a musician and an educator and introduce you to teaching music in schools. While you’re learning the theories behind teaching music, you’ll also put your studies into practice in central Florida schools. As part of each music education class at Southeastern, you’ll spend time observing and teaching in actual K–12 music classrooms. Your training will culminate with student teaching, a semesterlong full-time assignment to a school where you’ll plan and teach lessons as well as direct rehearsals.

Participate in the National Association for Music Education — known as NAfME — through which you’ll attend state and national conferences, as well as monthly labs on campus to enhance your understanding of music education.

Program Details

24 hours of professional education core
65–66 hours of specialization courses
47 hours of general education

Total credit hours — 136 or 137, depending on specialization chosen

Music Majors, Ensembles and Scholarship Auditions

In addition to acceptance to Southeastern University, each student pursuing a music degree at SEU must also apply and be accepted to the Department of Music. Music minors do not require an audition. The online music application must be completed via Acceptd in order to schedule an audition. After completing the music application, an audition time will be sent to you for the date requested. Please note that music scholarships are listed as part of an applicant’s financial aid award package. Therefore, applicants must complete the university application process before a music award can be confirmed.

Sample Core Courses

  • Teaching Reading in Content Areas (EDUC 3523) — This course will provide students with strategies and tools for becoming a facilitating and reflective practitioner, teaching reading across content areas and helping students discover that content area learning is made richer when reading, writing, speaking, and listening are taught together. Particular emphasis will be placed on a balanced approach to reading, specific reading and comprehension strategies for content reading, the role of reflection in helping students to think critically, reading for diverse students, and the use of appropriate texts and media.
  • Classroom Management (EDUC 4903) — This course is the study of various models and strategies for effective secondary (6-12) school classroom management. It provides identification of cultural variations in the classroom, the nuances of working with ELL students, the impact of cultural variations on student behavior and attitudes, the examination of the legal requirements for teachers in the Florida Child Abuse Law, a review of general methods of teaching, and a review of generic teaching competencies.
  • Survey of the Exceptional Learner (EDUC 3133) — This is a required course for certification in Exceptional Student Education, Elementary Education, and Secondary Education. This is an introductory course that examines the history, characteristics and issues in exceptional education. The course covers all areas of exceptionality and their manifestations from early childhood through adulthood. It is designed to provide students with a firm grounding in the foundations of special education and expose them to the reconstruction of the field, in order that they may better deal with new and ever-changing developments.
  • Music History and Literature III (MUSC 3732) — This course is a study of basic styles of music history from the late Romantic period to the present with emphasis on listening and analysis.

Core Courses

Music Education Lab

Assessment of Learners

Teaching Reading in Content Areas

Classroom Management Secondary

Survey of the Exceptional Learner

Student Teaching

Specialization Requirements

Departmental Recital

Methods of Teaching Music

Class Piano I, II and III

Piano Proficiency Exam

Special Topics in Guitar

Aural Theory I, II, III and IV

Music Theory I, II, III and IV


Music History and Literature III


Senior Recital

School music teacher

Band, choir or orchestra director

Private lesson instructor