Music Education Degree Program

The Bachelor of Music Education degree is designed to prepare students to teach music. Taught in CMU's renowned Swinney Conservatory of Music and other locations, the program leads to certification in either vocal or instrumental music. With additional study, the degree may be earned with more than one area of emphasis. Completion of the degree will also prepare students for success in performance and graduate study.

The Bachelor of Music Education Completion Program, available only at our Poplar Bluff location, is designed for students in southeast Missouri who have earned an Associate of Arts in Teaching (emphasis in music). After passing an upper-level review and piano proficiency exam, Three Rivers College AAT (Music) graduates can complete a BME on the campus of Three Rivers College in Poplar Bluff.

Music Education Degree Program Offerings

This program is offered at the following locations:

Residential Campus

Statewide Centers

About This Program

The Music Education program provides a balance of courses and performance experiences to help students develop skills as musicians and teachers. Students pursue a broad base of general studies, applied music, music theory, and music history and literature, along with professional education requirements.

As a CMU Music Education major, you will have opportunities to:

  • receive the same high-quality academic and performance opportunities afforded to all music majors
  • learn from distinguished faculty who bring vast knowledge and experience to your education
  • pursue a career in teaching grades K-12 after graduation

Degrees Available

Other CMU Music Programs:

Admission Requirements

Admission to CMU is selective. Our admission staff carefully reviews and evaluates each application on an individual basis. Please review all requirements prior to applying for admission.

CMU Admission Requirements

Audition Information (Fayette Campus)

Students will interview and audition with a Swinney Conservatory faculty member, usually during a campus visit. Materials may include All-District or All-State audition music, solos or etudes. Students may also be asked to sight-read or perform scales.

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