Bachelor of Music Education

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Bachelor of Music Education

The Bachelor of Music Education degree program combines an outstanding faculty with a challenging curriculum designed to develop the professional competencies necessary for a successful career as a music educator. Students may choose either a vocal or instrumental emphasis.


The music education program emphasizes thorough preparation in the fundamentals of music. Students learn how to structure successful learning experiences for others as they become familiar with classroom and rehearsal techniques. Music education students are systematically introduced to principles and strategies of teaching voice, instruments and ensembles. In addition, they study the music literature appropriate for various levels of orchestra, band, chorus and general music settings.


Along with class work, observations and internships are an integral part of the program. Students learn by example through observation of professional music educators at work both at UAFS and in the community at large. Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Music Education degree, students are eligible to apply for teacher licensure as issued by the Arkansas State Department of Education

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Music Education or Bachelor of Arts in Music program, graduates will be able to:

  • Perform with developed technical skill and stylistic refinement, both as a soloist and as an ensemble member.
  • Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the theoretical concepts of music and their relationship to each other with reference to works performed.  
  • Critically analyze, discuss, and demonstrate the use of musical concepts to present a stylistic interpretation of music performed.
  • Demonstrate proficient aural and visual skills in reading and writing music, including composing, arranging, and improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.
  • Demonstrate critical listening skills.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the major Western historical music periods and the music of world cultures.
  • Demonstrate fundamental competence in using music technology through study and laboratory experience.
  • Synthesize skills and knowledge through jury, recital, and concert performance as well as portfolio development and practicae.
  • Demonstrate functional keyboard skills with proficient ability to accompany and perform at the piano.
  • Music Education graduates will be able to: synthesize and incorporate the philosophies and methodologies of current music education practices.