Degree Requirements

Music Education Program

This program provides full preparation for entry into the profession. It leads to the Bachelor of Music Education and eligibility for licensure to teach vocal, instrumental, and general music in grades pre-K through 12 in the state of Kansas. The program typically requires eight semesters of full-time work, which includes a semester of student teaching and internship in the public schools.

Music Teacher Licensure Program

Teacher licensure in Kansas is a function of the Kansas State Board of Education. Individuals who complete an approved music teacher licensure program are recommended to the state for licensure in music for grades pre-K through 12. Students must meet additional state requirements, such as passing specified standardized tests, before licenses are granted. Contact the licensure officer, 211 J.R. Pearson Hall, 785-864-9602, for information.


Students must meet or exceed the School of Music academic admission requirements and successfully complete a major performance medium audition to be admitted. Students should declare the B.M.E. in music education as the major on the KU application for admission. Music education majors are in plan ME-BME in the School of Music.

Students pursuing the music education B.M.E. must apply for admission to the professional sequence by February 1 of the sophomore year. Transfer students with more than 45 hours of transfer credit must complete this application the first semester of classes at KU. Students may not enroll in courses in the professional sequence before formal approval by the director of music education. Music education majors who have been admitted to the professional sequence are in plan MEPS-BME in the School of Music.

Students must be admitted to the music education professional sequence to enroll in upper-division music education courses. See the Music Education Undergraduate Program Handbook on the MEMT website for details.

No student may be admitted to the professional sequence for a semester during which he or she is on academic probation. Application forms for admission to the music education professional sequence are available on the MEMT website.

Ensemble Policy

In order to remain enrolled in studio instruction (lessons), all undergraduate (B.A. & B.M.) and M.M. students who enroll in any level of studio instruction (including nonmajor levels) in band and orchestral instruments must audition for and perform as assigned in a major instrumental ensemble* each semester in which they are enrolled. For music majors, 1 ensemble taken for credit each semester is required for graduation. Exceptions to this policy are allowed on a case-by-case basis and only by the ensemble conductor in consultation with the faculty member in the studio area or the faculty advisor in music therapy as appropriate.

*KU Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, or Jazz Ensemble I.


The Music Education Teacher Licensure Curriculum

The B.M.E. degree requires a minimum of 120 semester credit hours distributed among general studies, the major, professional education class work, and student teaching and internship. The degree requires at least a 2.75 cumulative grade-point average in all course work. Each student must participate in appropriate performing ensembles and demonstrate proficiency in a major applied performance medium and in other performance areas.

General Education Requirements (38-41 hours)

Language Arts and Communication (9 hours)

ENGL 101 Composition 3
ENGL 102 Critical Reading and Writing
COMS 130 Speaker-Audience Communication 3

Behavioral and Social Sciences (9 hours)

PSYC 104 General Psychology 3
SOC/ANTH elective (S not N) Recommended: SOC 130 or ANTH 160 or ANTH 162 or ANTH 360 (The recommended SOC and ANTH courses fulfill both S and NW requirements. If none of the recommended SOC or ANTH courses is taken, an additional non-Western culture course for 3 credit hours is required. See Arts and Humanities below.) 3
GEOG/POLS/ECON elective (S not N) 3

Natural Sciences and Mathematics (10 hours)

BIOL 100 Principles of Biology
BIOL 102 Principles of Biology Laboratory 1
MATH 101 or higher, excluding MATH 103, MATH 104, MATH 109, and MATH 110 3
Mathematics elective (MATH 101 must be a prerequisite; approved options are MATH 105, MATH 115, MATH 365) 3

Arts and Humanities (10-13 hours)

Non-Western culture (NW) course (if needed) 3
MUSC 320 Music History I 2
MUSC 340 Music History II 3
MUSC 440 Music History III 3
MUSC 480 Music History IV 2

(Musicology courses are double counted as arts and humanities in general education requirements.)

Professional Education/Music Education (23 hours)

MEMT 160 Principles of Music Education 1
MEMT 250 Human Musical Learning and Development 2
SPED 326 Teaching Exceptional Children and Youth in General Education 3
C&T 359 Basic Processes of Reading 1
MEMT 367 Managing Behavior in the Musical Environment 2
MEMT 407 The Exceptional Child in Music Education 3
MEMT 420 Teaching Elementary and Secondary General Music  2
MEMT 431 Choral Diction for Music Educators (1) or
MEMT 435 Marching Band Techniques (1) or
MEMT 432 Approaches to String Pedagogy (1)
MEMT 433 Jazz Techniques 1
MEMT 450 Teaching Choral Music 2
MEMT 451 Teaching Instrumental Music 2
MEMT 455 Psychology of Music 3

Student Teaching and Internship (12 hours)

MEMT 498 Student Teaching 2-4
MEMT 499 Internship in Teaching Music 4-8

Performance Requirements (37-40 hours)

Major Instrument (14 hours)

121 Applied music lessons (2 semesters) 4
221 Applied music lessons (2 semesters) 4
321 Applied music lessons (2 semesters) 4
422 Senior project lessons (1 semester) 2

Ensemble: Band, Orchestra, etc. (7 semesters, 7 hours)

7 hours of credit representing 7 semesters of participation, including experience in small ensembles
Wind and percussion: 1 semester/1 credit marching band required.
Vocal: 6 semesters/6 credits major ensemble and 1 semester/1 credit small ensemble required.

Functional Keyboard Skills (2-5 hours). An audition is required. If skills are insufficient, remedial course work is necessary. Students with a major performance medium of piano or organ take only PIAN 310.

PIAN 148 Elementary Keyboard Skills II 1
PIAN 284 Intermediate Keyboard Skills I 2
PIAN 288 Intermediate Keyboard Skills II (2) or
PIAN 310 Advanced Keyboard Skills (2)

Performance Techniques (6 hours)
5 of the following 6 Performance Media classes are required.

MEMT 113 Performance Media: Brass 1
MEMT 114 Performance Media: Woodwinds 1
MEMT 115 Performance Media: Percussion 1
MEMT 116 Performance Media: Computers, Synthesizers, and Electronics 1
MEMT 118 Performance Media: Strings 1
MEMT 119 Performance Media: Guitar 1
MEMT 408 Vocal Pedagogy 1

Conducting/Rehearsal Skills (8 hours)

MEMT 230 Performance Clinic: Band 1
MEMT 231 Performance Clinic: Choral 1
MEMT 232 Performance Clinic: Orchestra 1
MEMT 246 Fundamentals of Conducting 1
MEMT 330 Rehearsal/Conducting Clinic: Band 1
MEMT 331 Rehearsal/Conducting Clinic: Choral 1
MEMT 332 Rehearsal/Conducting Clinic: Orchestra 1
MEMT 350 Advanced Rehearsal/Conducting Clinic: Band (1) or
MEMT 351 Advanced Rehearsal/Conducting Clinic: Choral (1) or
MEMT 352 Advanced Rehearsal/Conducting Clinic: Orchestra (1)

Basic Musicianship Requirements (16 hours)

Music Theory and Composition (16 hours)

MTHC 105 Theory I 4
MTHC 115 Theory II 4
MTHC 205 Theory III 4
MTHC 316 Tonal Form and Post-Tonal Techniques 4

Musicology (10 hours already counted in Arts and Humanities section)

MUSC 320 Music History I 2
MUSC 340 Music History II 3
MUSC 440 Music History III 3
MUSC 480 Music History IV 2

Recital Attendance

REC 100 Laboratory in Music Performance (4 semesters) 0

Contact Info

Music Education and Music Therapy

Murphy Hall
1530 Naismith Drive, Room 448
Lawrence, KS 66045-3103
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