Bachelor of Music (BM) in Music Education

Elementary Methods class by Larry LevantiThe Bachelor of Music in Music Education is designed to prepare students for careers in music education and leads to a K–12 music teaching certificate for New Jersey, which shares reciprocity with other states. The degree can be completed in four years and requires approximately 123 credit hours. The actual number of credits completed will depend on the type of teaching specialty chosen, along with the normal variation in students’ preparedness. Study for music education majors includes music theory, ear training, music history, conducting, liberal arts, education, and music education coursework. Music education majors study their major instrument with applied faculty, and they have opportunities to perform in recitals and with a variety of Mason Gross ensembles.

After completing the first two years at Mason Gross in intensive music study, music education majors apply to the Music Education Professional Sequence (MEPS). If successful, students are then formally admitted to the teacher certification program and are allowed to take upper division courses. The MEPS includes professional development courses and extensive field experiences in public schools. The culminating experience of the degree is the student teaching semester, where students work in partnership with public school music teachers as they assume the role and responsibilities of a full-time music teacher.

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