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Bachelor of Music Education

Program Details

The music education curriculum is designed specifically for musicians who wish to be certified to teach music in the public schools. The student qualifies for ensemble/general classroom music teaching in the public schools upon completion of the degree requirements.

Drake offers students opportunities for extensive classroom observation, recorded teaching lessons, a senior seminar in music education, and a full semester of student teaching.

Completion of this degree qualifies the student for a State of Iowa Teaching Certificate, and the placement rate for graduates of the program in teaching jobs or graduate programs has been nearly 100 percent for the last 10 years.

Program Options

Degree program requirements vary depending upon the area of specialization. For more information about this degree program, visit the Bachelor of Music Education website.  

Candidates for this degree must complete a total of 124 credit hours:

  • 18 in applied music
  • 31 hours in music theory and history-literature
  • 25 to 27 hours of music education and methods courses
  • 34 hours of professional education
  • 7 hours of ensemble
  • plus the Drake Curriculum

Program Contact

Paul Brizzi
Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Education
1-800-44-DRAKE, x3975



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