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Bachelor of Music in Music Education

In the spirit of academic excellence and leadership qualities encapsulated in a Marietta College education, the Bachelor of Music in Music Education program challenges one to realize their potential and become a leader of in the profession.

The major requires coursework that prepares each student for multi-age licensure in music within an environment that provides the individual attention and specialized courses needed to achieve success. It challenges each student to not only develop their musical and pedagogical skills, but to develop an understanding of the issues and theories impacting the future of music education in the United States and to become an advocate for music in our schools.

Our major in Music Education requires a broad range of courses needed to prepare its graduates for multi-age music licensure within a liberal arts context. In addition to their core music and education courses, music education majors refine their skills through more than 180 contact hours in conducting and rehearsal techniques, over 100 field experience hours prior to student teaching, a course in teaching music with technology, and a selection of elective courses based on each student’s music specialization. All of the major’s teaching methods courses are taught within the music department with only 15 hours in other disciplines, including Education & Psychology.

This curriculum is designed to attract the finest future music educators and provide them with opportunities for personalized instruction. Admission each year is based on previous academic success, a performance audition, and a personal interview. Housed within Marietta College’s challenging liberal arts environment, each class of majors forms a unique learning community that includes frequent individual contact with professors, performance opportunities to help you become a successful musician, a focus on practical knowledge to help you become a successful classroom teacher, and the knowledge and tools you need to become a future leader.


Degree Requirements

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MUED 110 Music Education Foundation 3 hours
MUSC 111 Music Theory I 3 hours
MUSC 112 Music Theory II 3 hours
MUSC 141 Keyboard Skills I 1 hour
MUSC 142 Keyboard Skills II 1 hour
MUSC 171 Aural Skills I 1 hour
MUSC 172 Aural Skills II 1 hour
MUED 202 Teaching Music with Technology 3 hours
MUED 205 Vocal Methods 1 hour
MUED 206 String Methods 1 hour
MUED 207 Percussion Methods 1 hour
MUED 208 Brass Methods 1 hour
MUED 209 Woodwind Methods 1 hour
MUSC 211 Music Theory III 3 hours
MUSC 212 Music Theory IV 3 hours
MUSC 241 Keyboard Skills III 1 hour
MUSC 242 Keyboard Skills IV 1 hour
MUSC 271 Aural Skills III 1 hour
MUSC 272 Aural Skills IV 1 hour
MUSC 303 Beginning Conducting 2 hours
MUSC 304 Advanced Instrumental Conducting 2 hours
MUSC 305 Advanced Choral Conducting 2 hours
MUSC 312 Orchestration & Arranging 2 hours
MUSC 330 Music History I 3 hours
MUSC 331 Music History II 3 hours
MUED 401 Secondary Instrumental Methods 3 hours
MUED 402 Secondary Choral Methods 3 hours
MUED 403 Music for Early & Middle Childhood Education 3 hours
MUED 457 Special Seminar in Music Education 1 hour
MUED 490 Student Teaching: Multi-Age Music 12 hours


  • Applied Study

2 credit hours—MUSC 151
2 credit hours—MUSC 251
2 credit hours—MUSC 351
1 credit hour—MUSC 451

7 credit hours



  • Elective study in music chosen from the following:

Certain courses are recommended for instrumental majors or vocal majors from this list.

MUSC 121 English & Italian Diction
MUSC 122 French & German Diction
MUSC 321 Choral Literature
MUSC 322 Band Literature
MUED 323 Marching Band Techniques
MUED 324 Music in the Elementary School
MUED 321 Introduction to Vocal Pedagogy
MUED 226 Introduction to Instrumental Pedagogy

4 credit hours



  • Education and Psychology Courses

PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
EDUC 202 Educational Psychology
EDUC 253 Diverse Learners
EDUC 360 Reading in the Content Area
EDUC 452 Culture & Gender Issues in the Classroom



  • Additional requirements

7 credit hours in an approved major ensemble
1 credit hour of approved small ensemble
MUED 125CMENC membership is required 8 semesters of enrollment.
MUSC 105Recital Attendance is required each semester of enrollment (7 semesters).
Recital Requirement—a 30 minute recital is required of all music education majors.
Aural Skills Proficiency—All students are required to pass an aural skills proficiency exam after the completion of 4 semesters of Aural Skills.
Piano Proficiency—All students are required to pass a piano proficiency exam after the completion of 4 semesters of Keyboard Skills.