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Music Education

Your First Choice

We provide a wealth of performance opportunities ranging from small and large ensembles, dramatic productions and individual recitals.

See the academic catalog for admission and degree requirements.

Undergraduate Concentrations


Bachelor of Music, Music Education-Instrumental Grades K-12

Music Education-Instrumental Grades K-12, BM Curriculum

Bachelor of Music, Music Education-Vocal Grades K-12

Music Education-Vocal Grades K-12, BM Curriculum


Program Admission

Each new student who desires to specialize in music must complete the following entrance requirements:

  • Theory Diagnostic Examination. A first-time freshman must demonstrate entrance-level proficiency in the fundamentals of music including notation, rhythm, scales, key signatures, intervals, and chords through a diagnostic examination given prior to the student’s first semester of enrollment. In the case of a transfer student, following an attained-level diagnostic examination administered prior to the first semester of enrollment, the student will be placed in the theory and sight singing/ear training courses appropriate to the demonstrated level of knowledge and skills with consideration of the student’s transfer credits in these areas.
  • Major Performance Area Audition. A student must demonstrate entrance-level proficiency, or in the case of a transfer student an attained-level of proficiency on a major instrument or in voice before the appropriate performance board prior to the first semester of enrollment. A freshman student who shows inadequate preparation will be required to enroll in the appropriate major performance area course 100, credit for which may not be used to fulfill degree requirements until in the judgment of the performance board, the student is ready to begin credit study at the 101 level. A transfer student will be placed at the major performance level deemed appropriate by the board, with consideration of the student’s transfer credits in major performance study.
  • Functional Piano Audition. A freshman student (non-piano major) who has had no previous experience in keyboard study will be placed in PIAN 115. A student who has had some training and wishes to be granted advanced placement must audition before the keyboard performance board. Following the audition, the board will recommend an appropriate level of study and that advanced placement to this level be awarded. A transfer student will audition and be placed in the functional piano course deemed appropriate by the board, with consideration of the student’s transfer credits in functional piano study.

Program Contact

Dr. Lonny Benoit, Department Head
W.A. and Dorothy Hanna Department of Performing Arts
Tel: (337) 475-5466