Bachelor of Music Education

The bachelor of music education is a professional degree and may lead to P-12 certification in a combination of vocal, instrumental, and general music.

Foundations (67-71 credits)

The general education and professional education requirements for this degree are detailed in the University Catalog. The core curriculum strengthens communication and critical thinking skills while introducing global cultures and traditions. The professional courses, taken through Valpo’s education department, develop students’ skills in pedagogy, curriculum development, and more.

Required Music Courses (65 credits)

MUSIC CORE — 39 credits
MUS 109 Musicianship I 2 credits
MUS 110 Musicianship II 2 credits
MUS 163 Music Theory I 3 credits
MUS 164 Music Theory II 3 credits
MUS 201 Development of Western Music 2 credits
MUS 209 Musicianship III 2 credits
MUS 210 Musicianship IV 2 credits
MUS 213 Basic Conducting 2 credits
MUS 263 Music Theory III 3 credits
MUS 264 Music Theory IV 3 credits
MUS 318 Music of the Baroque, Classical and Early Romantic Eras 3 credits
MUS 319 Music of the Late Romantic and Modern Eras 3 credits
MUS 313 Intermediate Conducting 2 credits
MUEN 350, 352, 354 Large ensemble 6 credits
MUEN 357, 358 Small ensemble or chamber music 1 credit
MUS 499 Music Colloquium (seven semesters) 0 credit
      MUS 300 Keyboard Proficiency 0 credits
      MUS 400 Concert Attendance (75 events) 0 credits
Eight credits of studio instruction in the principal performing medium (through at least MUAP 303, with completion of MUAP 375) 8 credits
Five credits of studio instruction in the secondary instrument 5 credits
MUS 230 Wind/Percussion Methods 3 credits
MUS 231 Stringed Instructional Methods 1 credit
MUS 239 Voice Instructional Methods 1 credit
MUS 312 Scoring and Arranging 2 credits
MUS 389 School Music I 3 credits
MUS 489 School Music II 3 credits
PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION CORE — Consult the Valpo’s education department


Once they have reached senior standing, music education students complete a professional semester, including education coursework and student teaching.

In this semester, students are discouraged from enrolling in other courses, ensembles, or studio lessons. However, in consultation with the academic advisor, a student may be approved for enrolling in either one ensemble or one studio lesson.


The university prepares applicants for the P-12 License in Music Education.  Students must meet Indiana state teacher requirements and education program requirements.  The mere completion of the prescribed courses outlined by the Education Department does not guarantee that the student will be recommended for licensure or a teaching position.  Please consult the Indiana Department of Education for more information.