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Music Education

Bachelor of Music in Music Education


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Belmont's Music Education program has been designed to provide musical and professional training for students who want to become music teachers in grades K-12.

Emphasis Areas:

Vocal Licensure

Instrumental Licensure

This curriculum leads to licensure by the Tennessee Department of Education - a requirement for all teachers in the state. All music majors choose a licensure track in:

  • K-12 vocal/general music
  • K-12 instrumental music
  • or (with additional coursework) in both K-12 vocal and instrumental music.

Students pursuing the major in Music Education have the option of choosing a traditional or integrative applied track. Private lessons in the traditional track are all classical. Students choosing the integrative applied track take three semesters of commercial lessons in their principal applied area in addition to seven semesters of classical lessons.

Instruments of study within the Bachelor of Music in Music Education are: Voice, Viola, Violin, Cello, Classical Bass, Harp, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion, Organ, Piano, and Guitar.

Due to broad requirements of licensure, the program takes eight full semesters plus one summer for completion. Student teaching, a requirement of licensure, involves an entire semester with experiences on both elementary and secondary levels.

Once students have satisfactorily completed the curriculum for the major in Music Education (including student teaching) and have taken and passed the required PRAXIS test and EdTPA Portfolio, they are recommended for licensure to the Tennessee Department of Education.  (NOTE: Tennessee has reciprocity for licensure with 47 other states. Click here for a complete list.)

In the unlikely event an upper level music education major changes career goals, the student may petition to graduate with a major in Music Education without student teaching; in this case, the student will not receive licensure.

Though students may graduate by meeting the requirements of the academic bulletin under which they enter, all current state requirements must be met for teacher licensure. The Music Education major is the best preparation for graduate study in music education.

Click here for the Music Education Handbook. 


Dr. Lesley Mann

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