Music Education

Bachelor of Arts

The university offers a state-approved program in K-12 Music Education. Upon completion of the program and the satisfaction of all program requirements students will be recommended to the Ohio Department of Education for initial licensure.


Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Establish a friendly rapport and exhibit warmth, care, respect and unconditional acceptance of students as individuals.
  • Demonstrate appropriate professional characteristics as well as being life-long learners by setting professional goals and continually reflecting on and evaluating their teaching.
  • Demonstrate a broad-based knowledge in general core education subjects and extensive knowledge in their curricular area.
  • Value a holistic approach in dealing with learners by engaging in a wide range of teaching techniques and assessment practices, promoting learners’ construction of understanding and higher order thinking.
  • Develop relevant learning for pupils of varied educational, cultural, economic and language backgrounds.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use technology for their own learning and integrate available technology in their teaching to enhance student learning.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements, Music Education applicants must also meet the following criteria:

  • Successfully audition for the music program.
  • Complete the general education test of reading, mathematics skills, and writing skills sections of PRAXIS CORE with scores of at least 150 on the mathematics section, 162 on the writing skills sections, and 156 on the reading skills section. Students must furnish the Music Department, Teacher Education Department and Registrar with PRAXIS CORE scores.
    • Classes in Teacher Education may not be taken until this requirement is satisfied.
    • Students with 21 or above composite ACT scores are exempted from the PRAXIS CORE requirement.
  • Complete TE203 Studies in the Foundations of Teaching with a grade of "C" or above.
  • Complete a minimum of 30 semester hours and achieved a minimum of 2.5 GPA.

Minimum GPA Requirement

  • Candidates for the Music Education license must maintain a 2.5 overall GPA.

Probation, Suspension and Reinstatement

  • Music Education students whose GPA falls below the minimum requirement are placed on probation for the next semester (re­stricted from registering for TE courses).
  • Two consecutive semesters on probation will result in suspension from Music Education programs.
  • Students may be reinstated to the program when their GPA reaches the required minimum.

Minimum Grade Requirements

  • Candidates for the Music Education license must earn at least a “C” (2.0 per 1-hour of credit) in each Teacher Education and Music professional course.
  • Professional and concentration courses with a grade of “C-” or below will not count toward a Music Education degree, and must be repeated.

Licensure Requirement

  • Program completers are required to pass the designated OAE (Ohio Assessment for Educators) tests for the state of Ohio to be eligible for licensure.

Piano and Vocal Proficiencies

  • Music Education degree candidates are required to enroll in applied piano for three semesters, or until the piano proficiency exam has been passed.  The additional required piano credits will be awarded to students who pass the proficiency in less than three semesters.
  • Piano majors must enroll in applied voice for three semesters, or until the vocal proficiency exam has been passed.  The additional required voice credits will be awarded to students who pass the proficiency in less than three semesters.
  • Students who pass the required proficiency exam in less than three semesters may study another instrument to fulfill any remaining hours of non-major applied study.

Specific course requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Music Education are listed below. Concentration requirements are specific to the course of study. Students are not required to complete both concentrations.