Program: Bachelor of Music Education
School of Music
College Visual and Performing Arts
Rhinehart Music Center 144 ~ 260-481-6714
Graduates of this program hold positions teaching music in Indiana and across the nation, and find that their education, with its mixture of rigorous course work and field work experiences in area schools, prepares them well for the challenges of contemporary music education. Upon completion of the music education course work and student teaching, students are prepared to apply for state license in PK-12 Choral/General Music or PK-12 Instrumental/General Music.
The student learning outcomes for the degree are as follows:
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of music theory sufficient to analyze musical forms, structures, and styles; to create within basic musical structures; and to relate theoretical concepts to sound.
- Students will demonstrate performance ability as ensemble members, as conductors, and as soloists on both a primary instrument and a secondary instrument.
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of the history and literature of western and non-western music, with an understanding of the social, political and cultural impacts which shaped music history.
- Students will demonstrate proficiency in utilizing appropriate technology to notate and create music, to investigate and report scholarly research, and to support the specific demands of their professional degrees.
Student learning outcomes specific to the Bachelor of Music Education degree are:
- Students will demonstrate mastery of skills needed for high quality music teaching and performing.
- Students will collaborate and engage with diverse learners and communities.
- Students will think and reflect critically on varied pedagogical approaches.
- Students will identify and implement creative musical experiences for 21st-century learners.
- Students will exhibit professionalism that elevates the value of music education.
- Students in this program will demonstrate their knowledge of music education history, philosophy, methodologies, and repertoire, and their ability to apply musical and pedagogical knowledge to the PK-12 classroom setting. Upon completion of the course work and student teaching, students are prepared to apply for state license in PK-12 Choral/General Music or PK-12 Instrumental/General Music.
Students can take the next step in sharing music with others by entering the professional world of music teaching. Join our successful alumni teaching in music programs in Indiana and across the nation in experiencing a mixture of rigorous course work and field work experiences in area schools. Students will leave this program with skills on the cutting edge of music education in either the instrumental or choral area, having completed both their music education degree, and a state license in K-12 Choral/General Music or K-12 Instrumental/General Music, ready to enter a professional teaching career bolstered by strong musical roots and contemporary approaches to helping other gain a love of this art.
- Purdue University Fort Wayne is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music and the American Music Therapy Association.
- This program is available on campus though some courses may be available as distance learning.
Declaring this Major:
- Students who choose to major in music must be accepted by both Purdue University Fort Wayne and the School of Music. For information regarding admission to the university, see the Office of Admissions web page: http://pfw.edul/admissions.
- Acceptance into the School of Music is not automatic upon acceptance by the university. All accepted students who indicate music as their major are placed into the Pre-Music category by the Admissions Office. Full acceptance as a music major is contingent upon a successful audition.
- Auditions. Information about audition requirements are found on the school web site: http://pfw.edu/music.
To earn the Bachelor of Music Education degree, one must satisfy the requirements of Purdue Fort Wayne (Regulations ), the music core, and School of Education requirements for music education students. Music Education majors must maintain a GPA of 3.0 in music courses and have an overall GPA of 3.0.
Students in this degree are subject to the policies for all music degrees found on the School of Music .