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Music Education (BA) Program Overview

When you have music in your heart, spend your life sharing that joy. The music education degree at Bluefield University offers a hands-on study of music in several disciplines. Our program balances music courses and applied study with education courses to prepare for success in the classroom. You will work with talented faculty members, who will offer personalized feedback about your performance skills. With a concentration on instrumental music, you’ll be prepared to lead instrumental music programs at elementary or secondary schools. If you love to sing and have a passion to serve others, our music education degree with a concentration in vocal and choral studies prepares you for a satisfying career as a vocal or choral music teacher. Your education classes focus on the science and art of teaching. As an aspiring music education teacher, you’ll observe teachers in their classrooms throughout your education coursework prior to your semester of student teaching.

Music Teachers Begin at BU

“The Music Department not only improved my performance skills but added a depth of knowledge and understanding to how music is created. I performed in a wide variety of genres and the works of great composers. With the skills I obtained at BU, the doors for my musical career are wide open,” says Nicholas Hinkle, class of 2016, and Bluefield High School band director.

Undergraduate music education majors concentrating on vocal performance, enjoy the benefits of individualized voice lessons and small classes, which focus on you as an individual. Our program can be completed in four years, including a semester of student teaching. You will perform with one or more of our chamber groups to provide learning opportunities to enhance your skills. And our vocal and choral students recently toured Europe.

Torn between being a band director or performer? You can do both. As a music education major, you’ll have the opportunity to join any of our many on-campus groups or bands to further hone your abilities. Feel free to complete the information request form to discuss what it means to teach music in Virginia classrooms today.

If you’re ready to pursue your dream of teaching music, complete our information request form and schedule a campus visit.


The Academic Catalog is the student guide to all policies and procedures for Bluefield University.

The Teacher Education Handbook is the guide to all of the policies and procedures for students entering the Teacher Education Program (TEP).

The Student Teaching Handbook is the primary resource for all students in the culminating experience of the Teacher Education Program (TEP).

Tuition: On-Campus Tuition & Fees
Next Start: August 2024 (On-Campus)
Time to Complete: 4 years

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Courses & Requirements

Bachelor's Degree (BA) (Instrumental)
General Education (55 Credits)

General Education requirements may be fulfilled in more specific courses for certain majors


  • Invitation to Inquiry
  • Character Formation
  • Civic & Global Response
  • Personal Wellness & Activity
  • Intro to the Writing Process (3 Credits)
  • Argumentative & Analytical Writing (3 Credits)
  • Biblical Perspectives (3 Credits)
  • Survey of American History I or II (3 Credits)
  • World Civilizations I or II (3 Credits)
  • 2000 Level Literature Course (3 Credits)
  • 2 Beginning Level Modern Language Courses (6 Credits)
  • 2 Intermediate Level Modern Language Courses (6 Credits)
  • Macroeconomics (3 Credits)
  • College Algebra (or higher) (3 Credits)
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 Credits)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (3 Credits)
  • (Choose 1)
    • Human Biology & Lab (4 Credits)
    • General Biology & Lab (4 Credits)
    • Intro to the Physical Sciences & Lab (4 Credits)
    • General Chemistry & Lab (4 Credits)
Core Requirements (62 Credits)

  • Brass Methods & Pedagogy
  • Percussion Methods & Pedagogy
  • String Methods & Pedagogy
  • Woodwind Methods & Pedagogy
  • Theory I, II, III, & IV (Alternating with Ear Training)
  • Ear Training I, II, III, & IV (Alternating with Theory)
  • Music History I
  • Music History II
  • Conducting I
  • Conducting II
  • Intro to Orchestration
  • Music Methods & Curriculum PreK-5
  • Music Methods & Curriculum 6-12
  • Survey of Modern Band Methodologies & Marching Band
  • Piano Proficiency I
  • Sophomore Review Seminar
  • Vocal Proficiency
  • Senior Recital
  • Applied Study
    • Primary & Secondary Study (Choose 2)
      • Private Brass
      • Private Piano
      • Private Strings
      • Private Guitar
      • Private Woodwind
      • Private Percussion
      • Private Voice
  • Music Ensembles (Choose From)
    • MasterWorks
    • Bluefield Singers
    • Variations
    • Praise Singers
    • Small Instrumental Ensemble
    • Orchestra
    • Concert Band
    • Jazz Band
  • Performing Arts Lab (6 Semesters)
Professional Education (17 Credits)

  • Human Growth & Development for Educators
  • Foundations of Education
  • Intro to Instructional Media & Technology
  • Curriculum, Assessment & Instruction in Secondary Schools
  • Intro to the Exceptional Child
  • Teaching Reading in the Content Area
Field Experiences (15 Credits)

  • Dynamic Learning Environments
    • (Must be taken prior to Student Teaching)
  • Student Teaching
    • (Taken in the final semester)
Required Testing (2 Tests)

  • Virginia Communication & Literacy Assessment
  • PRAXIS II Music: Content Knowledge
Total Credits: 159
Bachelor's Degree (BA) (Vocal)
General Education (55 Credits)

General Education requirements may be fulfilled in more specific courses for certain majors


  • Invitation to Inquiry
  • Character Formation
  • Civic & Global Response
  • Personal Wellness & Activity
  • Intro to the Writing Process (3 Credits)
  • Argumentative & Analytical Writing (3 Credits)
  • Biblical Perspectives (3 Credits)
  • Survey of American History I or II (3 Credits)
  • World Civilizations I or II (3 Credits)
  • 2000 Level Literature Course (3 Credits)
  • 2 Beginning Level Modern Language Courses (6 Credits)
  • 2 Intermediate Level Modern Language Courses (6 Credits)
  • Macroeconomics (3 Credits)
  • College Algebra (or higher) (3 Credits)
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 Credits)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (3 Credits)
  • (Choose 1)
    • Human Biology & Lab (4 Credits)
    • General Biology & Lab (4 Credits)
    • Intro to the Physical Sciences & Lab (4 Credits)
    • General Chemistry & Lab (4 Credits)
Core Requirements (59 Credits)

  • Theory I, II, III, & IV (Alternating with Ear Training)
  • Ear Training I, II, III, & IV (Alternating with Theory)
  • Music History I
  • Music History II
  • Conducting I
  • Conducting II
  • Intro to Orchestration
  • Music Methods & Curriculum PreK-5
  • Music Methods & Curriculum 6-12
  • Sophomore Review Seminar
  • Piano Proficiency I
  • Vocal Proficiency
  • Senior Recital
  • Applied Study (15 Credits)
    • Primary Study (Choose 1)
      • Voice Class
      • Private Voice
      • Piano Class
      • Private Piano
      • Private Guitar
    • Secondary Study (Choose 1)
      • Private Brass
      • Private Percussion
      • Private Strings
      • Private Woodwinds
  • Music Ensembles (Choose from)
    • MasterWorks
    • Bluefield Singers
    • Variations
    • Praise Singers
    • Small Instrumental Ensemble
    • Orchestra
    • Concert Band
    • Jazz Band
  • Performing Arts Lab (6 Semesters)
Professional Education (17 Credits)

  • Human Growth & Development for Educators
  • Foundations of Education
  • Intro to Instructional Media & Technology
  • Curriculum, Assessment & Instruction in Secondary Schools
  • Intro to the Exceptional Child
  • Teaching Reading in the Content Area
Field Experiences (15 Credits)

  • Dynamic Learning Environments
    • (Must be taken prior to Student Teaching)
  • Student Teaching
    • (Taken in the final semester)
Required Testing (2 Tests)

  • Virginia Communication & Literacy Assessment
  • PRAXIS II Music: Content Knowledge
Total Credits: 152

Career opportunities available to graduates of this program include:

PreK-12 Music Teacher
Choir Director
Band Director
Ethnomusicologist
Private Music/Instrument Teacher
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