Music Education Major Related Careers
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Bachelor of Music Education students can choose from four different areas of emphasis: choral, general, band or orchestra. Depending on their instrument or voice, students can choose from a broad range of performance opportunities offered by the School of Music that includes more than 30 orchestras, bands, choral ensembles, and specialty ensembles. Undergraduate students develop as music teachers and professionals through interactions with renowned university professors and expert public school music teachers, as well as through involvement in state and national music education associations
Admission is very competitive in all programs.You must apply to the Jacobs School of Music and can arrange for a fall audition for spring semester admission or a spring audition for fall admission. For more information concerning admission and the application, contact the Music Admissions Office, East Studio Building, JS 120, (812) 855-7998. You may also want to check out the Applications Procedures page.
To find out more about the majors offered in the music school, see the Degree Requirements page on the Jacob School of Music website.
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Use the following guidelines to begin to think about your options for your first enrollment, in preparation for a fall audition.
Bloomington General Education Curriculum Common Ground courses (the Foundations requirements of English Composition and Mathematical Modeling are strongly encouraged.)
Ensemble: Ensembles are recommended, but not required for non-admitted students. Ensembles meet for one or two periods daily, typically between 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Most ensembles require an audition. Assignments will be posted during the first week of classes.
Performance Study: Select the MUS-Z 110, Non-Music Major Performance Elective, corresponding to your interest.
Music Theory: Music theory course selections should match your background. Take the Music Fundamentals Online (MFO) assessment.
Piano: MUS-P 110, Beginning Piano Class 1 (unless your primary instrument is piano, guitar, organ, or harp, or your intended major is in Early Music or Recording Arts). If you wish to investigate more advanced classes, take the secondary piano placement examination during the orientation program prior to the fall or spring semester. The schedule is available from the secondary piano coordinator, JS 204.
Outside Field: If you would like to explore some possible areas for your outside field, you can do this through the Bloomington General Education Common Ground Curriculum courses or your specific area of interest.
‘PLAN B’ courses: Alternative academic plans in case you are not admitted to the School.
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