Your degree in Music Education will provide you with a strong foundation in music theory and practice, historical, and pedagogical knowledge that will foster an ability to develop a comprehensive music education program and the teaching skills to excel in the classroom.


Mr. Mark Cole

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Bachelor of Music in Music Education

A GWU music performance

A Bachelor of Music in Music Education will equip you with a strong foundation in music theory and practice, as well as the teaching skills to excel in the classroom, to prepare you to teach music in primary and secondary schools.

Undergraduate Admissions

Through a partnership between the School of Performing and Visual Arts and the School of Education, the Bachelor of Music in Music Education strengthens your knowledge of musical understanding in performance arenas and the classroom. You will develop a solid set of tools for teaching music in a public or private setting with knowledge of the best practices and methods for teaching, how to measure student performance, and how to adapt a curriculum for learners with different needs.

The GWU Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The Bachelor of Music in Music Education program is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.


Students who graduate with a major in Music Education will demonstrate:

1. the knowledge base of learning, methodologies, social content, and professional development needed to teach in a private or public school setting; 

2. the ability to perform and utilize musical understanding in the classroom and performance arenas; and 

3. the competencies required to obtain North Carolina teacher licensure for grades K-12 in the fields of general music, instrumental, and vocal music. 

Our graduates are certified K-12 Vocal, Instrumental, and General Music, and hold teaching positions K-12 at schools throughout North Carolina and other states, making impacts on communities through their musical talent and dedication to education. 100% of our alumni who have pursued their options in Music Education have found employment.

In addition to the University’s required general education and prerequisites, the Bachelor of Music in Music Education requires 73 hours of coursework, including a requirement to complete a minor in Professional Education.

Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours as well as requirements for teacher licensure, is available in the Academic Catalog.


MUSC 105, 106, 205, 206, 245, 246, 247, 305 (or 405), 306, 325, 326, 347, 348, 446, and 447, MIBS 150 (36 hours)

MUSC 226 (hours counted in core)

Primary Applied (12 hours)

Performance Group (9 hours, with a minimum of one hour being in a small ensemble)

Secondary Applied (4 hours)
For Piano: Organ (2 hours); Voice (2 hours)

For Organ: Piano (2 hours); Voice (2 hours)

For Instrumental: Piano (3 hours); Voice (1 hour)
For Vocal: Piano (4 hours)

Required by Concentration (3 hours)

For Piano: MUSC 259 and 455

For Organ: MUSC 259 and 459

For Instrumental: MUSC 248 and 349

For Vocal: MUSC 257 and 457

The candidate must also complete the Professional Education minor consisting of Education 250, 316, 350, and 450; and Psychology 303.

NOTE: Students will not be permitted to complete more than 50% of the Professional Education minor (excluding student teaching) until they are formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program. All candidates must be fully admitted into the Teacher Education Program a minimum of one full semester prior to the semester in which they student teach, ideally no later than the end of the first semester of the junior year.

Students in the Bachelor of Music in Music Education program must also complete a Professional Education minor consisting of education courses, a psychology course and a student teaching requirement.

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