Get a solid foundation in music while also having the benefit of a liberal arts education. Both the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Music Degrees in Music Education lead to certification to teach in the public schools. The education courses are the same for both degrees.

Students graduating with either the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Music degree are equally prepared to teach and are successful in the public schools. The music education faculty feels strongly that offering both degrees allows for students to choose the path that is the best personal fit.

Both Music Education degrees are considered professional degree programs and require an audition.

Programs of Study

Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education

While earning a Bachelor of Music degree, about two-thirds of your coursework will be in music. Students in the degree program have more time dedicated to weekly lessons as well as a recital component in their senior year.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education

This degree is a liberal arts degree that completes that core curriculum like all other majors on campus. Students in this degree program gain a solid foundation in music education while also having the benefit of a liberal arts curriculum.

Why Study Music Education at Concordia?

  • We are an undergraduate-focused program. This means that you will get close attention from our faculty with multiple opportunities to practice your teaching under expert guidance.
  • Build personal connections with the faculty, leading to continued mentoring beyond graduation.
  • We have strong and active student chapters of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education, the Minnesota Band Directors Association, and the American String Teachers Association. These chapters allow for student leadership and foster the type of professional experiences that will lead to successful and active careers in teaching.
  • Our students bring out the best in each other on a professional and personal level.

Degree Requirements and Courses

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

**MUS 425/426 OR MUS 427/428

8 credits from Contextual Studies, including 2 courses from the following:

8 credits from Contextual Studies courses including at least one of the following:

2 credits from Creative Applications courses

Successful completion of the K-12 required coursework (see Education: Curriculum In Secondary/K-12 Education)

In order to receive the endorsement of the music department, music education students must pass the piano proficiency exam prior to, or during the semester preceding student teaching.

  • 12 credits of private instruction or class piano (12 1-credit courses).

    Instrumental music education majors must demonstrate competence in voice, usually accomplished through taking MUS 431 – Voice Class, which may count as one of the 1-credit courses required in private instruction. String education majors with violin or viola as their primary instrument are required to take one semester of private instruction on cello/bass. String education majors with cello or bass as their primary instrument are required to take one semester of private instruction on violin/viola. It is highly recommended that vocal music education students register for MUS 121 – English Diction, 1 credit.

  • 0 credits in ensemble (eight semesters). Participation in an ensemble is required each semester of enrollment.

  • One appearance each year in a general student recital or studio recital

The requirements for a major in music (K-12 music education) leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree are 40 credits (instrumental emphasis) or 42 credits (vocal emphasis) in music, plus 12 private instruction credits and ensemble participation, and 39 credits in education (instrumental emphasis) or 35 credits in education (vocal emphasis).


Instrumental Emphasis

Vocal Emphasis

Music Education Coordinator