Music educators nurture students to build a life-long love of music while teaching them how to perform and appreciate the musical arts.

Johnson’s Music Education degree leads to state licensure as a K-12 vocal/general music teacher. Graduates are able to effectively manage a classroom, lead a variety of music ensembles, and help students discover musical passions and achieve their full potential.

The program meets National Association of Schools of Music standards.

Apply for the program:

  • After acceptance to the university, fill out an additional application to the Music Education program.
  • Perform a primary-instrument audition. See below for audition details.
  • During the audition, complete the Music Reading Diagnostic Examination (MRDE).

Audition Information

All students who wish to enter this degree program must perform an audition for the faculty of the School of Communication and Creative Arts on their primary instrument.

Students Enrolling Spring Semester, 2020:
Contact for an appointment.

Students Enrolling Fall Semester, 2020:
You will be prompted to choose one of these audition dates as part of your application. The Music Education staff will contact you to set up an audition time.
July 9-10 (Royal Welcome 2)

International students or domestic students with circumstances that prevent them from traveling to campus to audition during any of the indicated days must notify the appropriate program director to alert them of the situation. The program director will work with each of these students on an individual basis to schedule an audition.

If you have additional questions, contact . For a full description of all BME requirements, see the academic catalog.

Don Trentham
Program Director

Dept Contact


This degree does not include any concentrations.


Courses may include:

  • Music Theory
  • Arranging and Orchestration
  • Music History and Literature
  • Methods for Teaching Music

For more details on this program, check out our academic catalog.


Graduates earning this degree and completing the required student teaching/internship requirement will be able to serve as music teachers at the primary or secondary school level in vocal/general music. Graduates may also pursue graduate studies in music and/or education.