School of Music
Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Music in Music Education
The Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree replaces the degree that is formerly known as Bachelor of Music (leading toward teacher certification).
Earning a Bachelor of Music in Music Education prepares undergraduate students and individuals who are seeking credentials to teach music in the schools to effectively teach choral, instrumental, and general classroom music in pre-kindergarten, elementary, middle, junior high, and senior high schools. The curriculum includes courses that focus on the teaching and learning of music with learners who represent diverse populations and abilities. This program leads toward an all-level teaching certificate in the state of Texas.
In addition to the coursework required by the School of Music to fulfill the Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree, students wishing to be certified to teach in the State of Texas must fulfill all requirements of the College of Education, the Texas Education Agency, and the State of Texas. The coursework required for Teacher Certification is listed in the University Catalog section of the College of Education and in the Degree Guide Sheets included within the undergraduate handbook.
Programs by specialization
There are four different tracks within the Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree program: Keyboard, Strings, Voice/Choral, and Winds/Brass/Percussion. Each track provides students with specific opportunities for specialized instruction within the relevant track. Additional opportunities for learning are provided in the areas represented outside the selected track in order to thoroughly prepare the student for teaching music learners in the schools.
What Sets Us Apart
The Music Education program at Texas Tech University is one of the most highly regarded programs in the state of Texas. We have faculty members who have taught in the private and/or public schools, have teaching experiences in the areas of early childhood, elementary, middle school, and high school music, and have taught all over the state, the nation, and in various parts of the world. Our faculty members are also published scholars and authors who frequently present at state, national, and international music education conferences.
While enrolled in our program, undergraduate students have multiple opportunities to develop the skill and art of teaching in a variety of settings. Our program is structured in a way that enables students to practice teaching on-campus with their peers and in the schools with elementary, middle school, and high school students. The in-school teaching experiences occur under the supervision of an experienced teacher (i.e., Cooperating Teacher) and a university professor/satellite supervisor (i.e., University Supervisor).
On average, our music education area graduates approximately 35-40 student teachers each academic year. Nearly 100% of these graduates proceed to have successful careers as music educators, music performers, music technicians, and/or choose to pursue graduate studies in a relevant field within the discipline of music.
The Bachelor of Music in Music Education program provides students with many opportunities to practice and develop their teaching skills. Several courses within the curriculum provide peer-teaching experiences that occur on campus. Additional courses within the curriculum provide in-school teaching experiences of students in grades K-12 in schools that represent rural, urban, and suburban communities. These experiences contribute to the development of our students' levels of educatorship and enables them to be effective music pedagogues in a variety of settings.
The Bachelor of Music in Music Education program also provides students with several opportunities for music-making with their colleagues under the direction of School of Music professors with varying areas of expertise. Students perform with large ensembles (e.g., Goin' Band, University Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, University Choir), small ensembles, and soloistically. All of these experiences contribute positively to the development of our students' levels of musicianship, which positively affects their ability to be successful in the music classroom.
Facilities & Technology
Students in our Bachelor of Music in Music Education program have access to all spaces within the School of Music, including Hemmle Hall, the Choral Room, the Band Hall, practice rooms, and the various classrooms throughout the building. Students also have access to the technology that is present in the academic classrooms and rehearsal spaces, as well as the pianos within the practice rooms. As a part of the music education curriculum, students will make frequent use of different learning platforms/software programs (e.g., MusicFirst, Noteflight, Google Drive, Zoom). During the student teaching semester, preservice teachers will also be able to borrow an iPad for the purposes of recording their teaching and taking observation notes during the student teaching experience.
Access to all spaces within the School of Music, including Hemmle Hall, the Choral Room, the Band Hall, practice rooms, and the academic classrooms
Students make frequent use of different learning platforms/software programs (e.g., MusicFirst, Noteflight, Google Drive)
We welcome students from many different backgrounds and experiences. Entering first-year students with limited composition experience will take an Introduction to Composition class that will begin the process of understanding the many different paths/tracks to take. The class will emphasize an understanding of a variety of musical languages and the many different kinds of composition in today's world. Of course, there will also be composing, with the goal of public performances of your works. Individual lessons within a faculty studio will normally begin after taking this Intro class. Students with a large and developed portfolio will usually be assigned studio lessons.
In order to apply for admission to the School of Music, follow these instructions.
Once students have been admitted to the program and are pursuing the Bachelor of Music in Music Education, the following steps should be taken to earn a Texas Teaching Certificate:
- Admission to Teacher Certification Program - Upon completion of 60 semester hours students obtain and complete an application form from the College of Education. Deadlines for submission of applications are generally mid-February (for fall semester admission) and mid-September (for spring semester admission). It is best to begin the professional education courses no sooner than 3 semesters before the student teaching semester. To be admitted, a student must have an overall GPA of 2.7 or better.
- Application for Student Teaching - Student Teaching Placement Request forms must be received in the Music Education Office one year prior to student teaching. Deadline dates will be announced in the professional education courses each semester. Obtain a checklist for eligibility at the time you submit your request form. Your eligibility status will be determined and you will be notified of that status prior to the advanced registration period for the semester in which you plan to student teach.
- TExES Certification Test - Students seeking all-level certification must take the EC-12 Music All-Level TExES Certification exam (exam #177) and the EC-12 Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility (PPR) Certification exam (exam #160). Both TExES must be taken and passed prior to the beginning of student teaching. The Music exam must be taken and passed prior to authorization will be given by the College of Education to register for the PPR exam. TExES exams are available via computer administration at various testing sites across the state.
- Application for Teaching Certificate - In order to receive a teaching certificate, students must complete an application in the College of Education and pay a fee. Details are available from the College of Education.
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