The Eastern Michigan University Bachelor of Music Education program is backed by nearly 160 years of music teaching excellence. Rely on our history of expertise to build your career as a music educator. This five-year program, with a focus on instrumental or vocal music education, leads to initial certification for teaching music in grades K-12 in the state of Michigan.
Our program leads to teaching certification in music for grades K-12. Our supportive professors and staff blend foundational study with hands-on field-based learning. Small class sizes and an excellent student-to-teacher ratio allow our faculty time to focus on individual students. A local, full-time student teaching placement in your senior year will cap your studies, preparing you for subject matter testing and teaching certification.
Successful completion of this course of study, along with passing the necessary Michigan Test(s) for Teacher Certification, qualifies the student for recommendation for the Michigan Department of Education Secondary Standard Certificate with a K-12 music endorsement, enabling a music teaching career in public and/or private school settings. Our graduates are serving in every educational environment imaginable. From the urban schools of Detroit, the surrounding suburban areas, to the rural communities, EMU alumni serve students and communities with distinction.
For more information on specific music program policies, please refer to the School of Music & Dance Student Handbook.
School of Music & Dance Admission
All prospective students (including transfers) must apply to the School of Music & Dance and complete an entrance audition. Admissions information and access to the School’s online application are available on the School’s website. Applications must be submitted at least seven days in advance of the requested audition day.
In addition to the degree requirements stated below, students must learn and abide by additional School of Music & Dance policies on the School’s website.
Successful completion of this course of study, which leads to the bachelor of music education degree, in the context of other program requirements, qualifies the student for recommendation for the Michigan Department of Education Secondary Standard Certificate endorsed in music education, K-12 certification code JQ. The Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) covering this field is #099, “Music.”
Initial Teacher Preparation Program Admission
To pursue the sequence of courses necessary to complete eligibility for a recommendation for certification, one must apply for and be admitted to the teacher preparation program. Admission requirements are common for all teacher preparation programs, except that certain special education programs have additional requirements.
Admission to the teacher preparation program is not automatic. Only those persons who have formally applied are considered for admission. Not all persons who apply become eligible for admission.
Teaching majors and minors are unofficial until program admission. Students pursuing teacher certification should follow the catalog that exists at the time of program admission. Students must apply to the teacher preparation program as soon as they have earned 56 credit hours.
- Completion of 56 credit hours
- Appropriate cumulative GPA. One of:
- An overall EMU GPA of 2.5 or higher based on a minimum of 12 credit hours taken at EMU. An EMU GPA of 2.5 or higher in your major, based on at least one course in your major. The Elementary Education Major is comprehensive; therefore, the elementary major GPA is based on the cumulative liberal arts curriculum and content course work.
- Transferred 56 credits with a cumulative 3.0 GPA from all previous institutions.
- A grade of “C” or higher (if taken) in the following courses: WRTG 121 , COMM 124 , Quantitative Reasoning [GEQR] , one lab science, and all professional education courses (If special education, PSY 101 ).
- ICHAT criminal background check and Statement of Civil/Criminal Convictions. If you answered yes to any of the civil/criminal conviction questions on the application, you would need to provide:
- A copy of the Judgment of Sentence, or Registrar of Actions, or Certification of Conviction. A written explanation of the offense(s).
- Application of students with civil/criminal convictions will be carefully reviewed and may take longer to process.
- Meet academic, social, moral, and financial obligations as a member of the EMU community.
Major Requirements: 67–77 hours
Major Vocal Ensemble: 8 hours
Must include at least four semesters of MUEN 131L3 . Only one hour per semester counted toward degree.
Applied Music Courses: 16–24 hours
The number of credit hours is determined by audition and principal instrument of choice. Music majors enrolled in Applied Music will also participate in a weekly studio class. Studio class times vary; please contact the Applied Music teacher for schedule.
Principal Instrument Courses (Keyboard, Voice or Guitar): 16 hours
Senior recital approval is required. Students must enroll in applied music during the semester a degree recital is performed.
- AMUS 116A Principal Applied Music 2 hrs 4 semesters (minimum): 8 hours total
- AMUS 416A Principal Applied Music 2 hrs 4 semesters (minimum): 8 hours total
Secondary Instrument Courses (Keyboard, Voice or Guitar): 0–8 hours
One option from the following:
Option I - If voice is the principal instrument, take AMUS 115 (keyboard) until the prerequisite for AMUS 415 (keyboard) is met. 0–4 hours
Option II - If keyboard is the principal instrument, take AMUS 115 (voice) until the prerequisite for AMUS 415 (voice) is met. 0–4 hours
Option III - If guitar is the principal instrument, take AMUS 115 (keyboard) and AMUS 115 (voice) until the prerequisite for AMUS 415 is met in both instruments. 0–8 hours
Improvisation Requirement: 0-2 hours
Students in this degree must meet an improvisation requirement.
Recital Attendance Requirement
- Each undergraduate music major must attend a total of 80 recitals/concerts (events) during their time of undergraduate studies; they will receive credit for no more than 25 events per academic year. Students who fail to meet this requirement will not be permitted to graduate.
- The number of events that transfer students and students seeking a second bachelor’s degree must attend will be prorated, based on the number of semesters of work remaining at the time of their matriculation.
- Normally, each semester the student will attend at least ten musical events, of which five are usually the School of Music and Dance weekly student recitals.
- Credit will be received for attendance at any School of Music and Dance event.
- Students must be present for an entire event to receive credit. The cards are collected at the end of the program. A student who is performing in an event may receive recital attendance credit for that event if the student performs in less than 50 percent of the event.
- Attendance at many non-school musical events may be credited toward the recital attendance requirement. To obtain credit, bring a ticket stub and program to the School of Music & Dance office. The Director of the School of Music and Dance will determine whether or not the event qualifies for recital credit.
Professional Education Sequence: 36 hours
This major does not require a minor.
Students must earn a minimum total of 120 credits at the 100-level or above.
Critical Graduation Information
Each undergraduate student will be responsible for fulfilling the requirements (or their equivalents) of the Eastern Michigan University catalog in force at the time of their initial registration at a college or university or a subsequent catalog, including the one in effect at the time of their graduation.
In the event an undergraduate student does not complete the degree requirements within seven years of the date of their original registration at a college or university, the student may be required to have their credits re-evaluated by the academic department(s) of their major/minor in keeping with catalog requirements in force during the year of their graduation.
Minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University
Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult this catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.
- Earn a minimum total of 120 credit hours at the 100-level and above.
- Courses numbered below 100 are not counted toward this degree requirement.
- At most, eight credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses are counted toward this requirement.
- Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below), including completing a Writing Intensive (GEWI) course in the student’s major.
- Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details).
- Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
- Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
- Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor. A double major automatically satisfies the need for a minor unless one of the two majors requires a specific minor. Students should check the requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
- Earn no more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix). Credits over the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 120 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.
- Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses; that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more than one major or minor.
- Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
- Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
- Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
- Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; individual departments/schools conduct the internal review of such courses within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credit for transferred courses; grades are not used to calculate an EMU GPA.
- Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU to graduate. In addition, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be reached in each major and minor. Only courses a student takes at EMU and those applied to their major or minor are used to calculate their major and minor cumulative GPAs. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)
General Education Requirements - EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas; do not assume that other courses in the same department or similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available in the General Education section of the catalog.
Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.