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 degree with a concentration in vocal and choral studies 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 will work with talented faculty members, who will offer personalized feedback about your performance skills. And you will 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 program 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, choral, and music education, complete our information request form and schedule a campus visit.


The Academic Catalog is the student’s guide to all policies and procedures for Bluefield College.

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 for the Teacher Education Program (TEP).

On-Campus: August 19, 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


  • Invitation to Inquiry
  • Character Formation
  • Civic & Global Response
  • Personal Wellness & Lab
  • 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 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
  • 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 (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

Career opportunities available to graduates of this program include:

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