Vocal Music Education PreK-12 (BA) Program Overview

The human voice is one of God’s greatest gifts, and there’s no better way to praise Him than in song. If you love to sing and have a passion to serve others, our music education with a concentration in vocal and choral degree prepares you for a satisfying career as a vocal or choral music teacher. The music education program balances ear training and applied study in voice with education courses to prepare for success in the classroom. You’ll work with talented faculty members, who will offer personalized feedback about your performance skills. And you’ll spend 100 hours in classroom observation to complement your coursework in the art and science of teaching.

Become a Vocal Music Teacher

Undergraduate music education majors enjoy the benefits of individualized voice lessons and small classes, which focus on you as an individual. Our hybrid program, offering in-person and online learning, can be completed in four years, including a semester of student teaching. You may perform with our chamber group Variations or the Masterworks Chorale to provide learning opportunities to enhance your skills. And our vocal and choral students recently toured Europe.

If you’re ready to pursue your dream of teaching voice and music education, reach out to Dr. Priest or Dr. Brown today.

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

On-Campus: Spring Semester 2021

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Courses & Requirements:

General Education & Degree Requirements

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

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


  • Bluefield Core (9 Credits)
    • Invitation to Inquiry
    • Character Formation
    • Civic & Global Response
    • Personal Wellness & Lab
  • English (6 Credits)
    • Intro to the Writing Process
    • Argumentative & Analytical Writing
  • Christian Studies (3 Credits)
    • Biblical Perspectives
  • Foreign/Modern Language (12 Credits)
    • 2 Beginning Level Foreign/Modern Language Courses (6 Credits)
    • 2 Intermediate Level Foreign/Modern Language Courses (6 Credits)
  • History (6 Credits)
    • Survey of American History I or II
    • World Civilizations I or II
  • Literature (3 Credits)
    • 2000 Level Literature Course (Various Options)
  • Macroeconomics (3 Credits)
  • Math (3 Credits)
    • MAT 1213 College Algebra (or higher)
  • Science (4 Credits) (Choose 1)
    • Human Biology & Lab
    • General Biology & Lab
    • Intro to the Physical Sciences & Lab
    • General Chemistry & Lab
  • Social Science (6 Credits)
    • Introduction to Psychology
  • Speech (3 Credits)
    • Fundamentals of Speech
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 Electives (Choose 2)
    • 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 (10 Field Hours)
  • Foundations of Education (10 Field Hours)
  • Intro to Instructional Media & Technology
  • Curriculum, Assessment & Instruction in Secondary Schools (25 Field Hours)
  • Intro to the Exceptional Child (10 Field Hours)
  • Teaching Reading in the Content Area (Must be admitted to TEP)
Field Experiences (15 Credits)

  • Dynamic Learning Environments (20 Field Hours)
    • (Must be admitted to TEP program – Must be taken prior to Student Teaching)
  • Student Teaching
    • (Taken in the final semester, must be admitted to TEP)
Required Testing (3 Tests)

  • Core Testing (Must satisfy 1 or the below criteria)
    • PRAXIS Core Math (150 or greater)
    • SAT Math Score (560 or greater) (Composite 1170 or greater)
    • ACT Math Score (22 or greater) (Composite 24 or greater)
    • EDU 0111 Math Skills for Teachers & PRAXIS Core (146 or greater)
  • Virginia Communication & Literacy Assessment
  • PRAXIS II Music: Content Knowledge
Total Credits: 146

Take a look at some of the career opportunities available to graduates of this program:

PreK-12 Music Teacher
Choir Director
Musicologist
Private Vocal Teacher
Ethnomusicologist
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