Bachelor of Music Education

As a music educator, you’ll have the opportunity to share your love for music as you train the next generation of musicians. You may lead students to gain prominence in professional classical, jazz or pop realms, while others may impact their churches as choir directors, singers, and instrumentalists. Regardless of what your future students do with their musical knowledge, you will be instrumental in helping each one come to appreciate this God-given art form. Within the music education major, you’ll first take courses that will form your foundation as both a musician and an educator and introduce you to methods for 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. You’ll also spend time observing and teaching in actual K–12 music classrooms. Your training will culminate with student teaching, a semester-long, full-time assignment to a school where you’ll plan and teach lessons and 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

  • Introduction to Music Education (MUSC 2503) – This is a course for music majors to participate in field experiences, lectures, readings, discussion, and writing assignments designed to provide an introduction to the profession of music education. Informed by a Christian world-view, emphasis will be placed on acquiring the personal, professional, and musical skills needed for effective music teaching and learning.
  • Conducting II (MUSC 3232) – A study of advanced conducting techniques and skills. This course includes detailed work in choral and instrumental score reading.
  • Classroom Management (MUSC 4223) — This course is the study of developmentally appropriate models and strategies for guiding, disciplining, and managing student behavior, including developing intrinsic motivation, refining conflict resolution skills, and identifying environmental influences on behaviors of students from all cultures and familial situations.
  • Survey of the Exceptional Learner (EDUC 3113) — 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 and cultures of music from around the world and how they have developed through history.

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

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