Jun 02, 2023  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Music Education, B.M.E.

Department of Music  

College of Letters, Arts and Sciences  

  Available Program Format(s): In-Person  

About the Program

The Bachelor of Music Education degree prepares students for careers teaching music in K-12 schools and satisfies the requirements for K-12 licensure in the State of Colorado. Students must apply for and be granted admission to the music education program prior to any enrollment in music education methods courses, supervised field experiences, and student teaching. Further information may be obtained in the Department of Music Student Handbook. Students seeking this degree must satisfy all applicable requirements of the Department of Music and the School of Education teacher education program. To become licensed, recipients of the Bachelor of Music Education degree must satisfy all applicable requirements of the teacher education and licensure programs in the School of Education. This degree program is approved by the Colorado State Department of Education and has full accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Student Outcomes

  • Describe knowledge of content, methodologies, philosophies, materials, technologies, and curriculum development in music education.  
  • Teach music at various levels to different age groups an in a variety classroom and ensemble settings.  
  • Demonstrate a functional knowledge of voice, wind, string, percussion, and modern instruments. 
  • Assess individuals and groups of students and plan educational programs to meet assessed needs.  
  • Evaluate techniques and apply them in assessing both the musical progress of students and the objectives and procedures of the curriculum.  
  • Accept, amend, or reject methods and materials based on personal assessment of specific teaching situations. 

General Degree Requirements

To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the four areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements. 

Program Requirements

  • A total of 123 semester hours are required for graduation. 
  • A grade of “C-” or better is required for each course in this program to count toward the bachelor’s degree. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required. 
  • A minor is not required for this program. 

General Studies Requirements: 33 credits

Students should consult the General Studies Requirements  for a list of courses that fulfill the General Studies Requirements for degree completion.  

  • Written Communication (6 credits) 
  • Oral Communication (3 credits) 
  • Quantitative Literacy (3 credits) 
    • Recommended: MTH 1610 - Integrated Mathematics I . Using mathematics, students take a concept-oriented approach to exploring critical problems, deriving and justifying multiple solutions, and analyzing and communicating these responses.  
  • Arts and Humanities (6 credits) 
  • Historical (3 credits) 
  • Natural and Physical Sciences (6 credits) 
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits) 
  • Global Diversity (0 or 3 credits**)


** Students will fulfill the global diversity requirement by taking an approved course within one of the following categories: arts and humanities; historical; natural and physical sciences; or social and behavioral sciences. 

Ethnic Studies & Social Justice Requirement: 0 or 3 credits

  • Students should consult the Ethnic Studies & Social Justice Graduation Requirement  for a list of courses that fulfill the ESSJ Requirement for degree completion.  
  • Many programs include courses that meet this requirement. Students should consult with their advisor to determine what program courses may fulfill this requirement. 

Core Requirements: 32 credits

The following courses are required for all music majors:


*Students must enroll during each semester of individual instruction, and complete the requirement with a “Satisfactory” grade in order to be eligible to continue to enroll in individual instruction.

**MUS 3350, MUS 3351, and CLD 3510 must be taken concurrently.

***MUS 4360 and MUS 4361 must be taken concurrently.

****MUS 4370 and MUS 4371 must be taken concurrently.

Ensembles: 8 credits

Students must enroll in the major ensemble according to their primary performance area during each semester of private instruction and must complete the requirement with a grade of “C-” or better to remain eligible to continue to enroll in private instruction. 

Ensembles: Primary Instrument in Jazz

Ensembles: Primary Instrument in Woodwinds, Brass, or Percussion

Ensembles: Primary Instrument in Piano, Organ, or Classical Guitar

Ensembles: Primary Instrument in Strings

Ensembles: Primary Instrument in Voice

Take 2 of the following ensembles:

Summary of Requirements

General Studies Requirements 33 credits
ESSJ Requirement 0-3 credits
Core Requirements 32 credits
Specific Degree Requirements 40 credits
4 selected courses 4 credits
Ensembles 8 credits
Senior Experience 12 credits
Total for the Music Education Major, B.M.E. 123 credits

Required courses for the major may also count for General Studies and ESSJ requirements, so the total credits listed may be greater than the number required to complete the degree. Therefore, it is important that you work with your advisor to make sure you are meeting requirements for your degree.

Up to 6 of the 33 General Studies credits in this program may be fulfilled through requirements for the degree.