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B.M. in Music Education (Teacher Certification)

The Bachelor of Music in Music Education with Teacher Certification prepares undergraduates for teaching careers in early childhood through 12th grade music programs. This program combines conservatory-level music experiences, research-proven teaching methodologies, and a strong liberal arts education with practical experiences in public schools to develop leaders in the field of music education. This degree can be completed in four years.

Students intending to major in the Music Education program must perform an audition on their principal instrument (includes Voice) as outlined in the Required Undergraduate Audition Repertoire section of this website, interview with the music education faculty, and complete a theory and aural skills examination.

View additional information on undergraduate admissions and auditions.

Degree Requirements

See List of Music Courses & their Description

Requirements for the Degree Credit Hours
  Instrumental Vocal or Keyboard
UC/GEC Requirements varies varies

Music Arts and Skills

  • MUAS 1020 Music Pathways: Exploring Meadows and Your Future (all performance majors: one enrollment fall term of first year)
0 0

Music Arts and Skills

  • MUAS 1010 Recital Attendance (all performance majors: each term of residence except fall first year)
0 0
Composition and Theory

  • MUTH 1129 Musicianship I
  • MUTH 1130 Musicianship II
  • MUTH 1229 Music Theory I
  • MUTH 1230 Music Theory II
  • MUTH 2129 Musicianship III
  • MUTH 2130 Musicianship IV
  • MUTH 2229 Music Theory III
  • MUTH 2230 Music Theory IV
12 12

Composition and Theory

  • MUTH 5330 Instrumentation and Arranging
3 3
Music History and Literature
  • MUHI 1202 Introduction to Music in World Societies
  • MUHI 3301 Survey of Music History I
  • MUHI 3302 Survey of Music History II
8 8
Class Instruction for Performance
  • PERB 1131 Class Piano
  • PERB 1132 Class Piano
  • PERB 2131 Class Piano (or 1233 Advanced Class Piano)
  • PERB 2132 Class Piano (or 1234 Advanced Class Piano)
4 4
Private Studies 3200 14 14


  • MUCO 3208 Fundamentals of Choral Conducting (Voice)
  • MUCO 3210 Choral Conducting Practicum (Voice)
  • or
  • MUCO 3209 Fundamentals of Instrumental Conducting (Instrumental)
  • MUCO 3211 Instrumental Conducting Practicum (Instrumental)
4 4

Performance Ensembles

  • PERE Large Ensemble (each term of residence)
5 5

Performance Ensembles

  • PERE Chamber Ensemble:
    • Keyboard principals may substitute MUAC 2101 Techniques of Vocal Accompanying or 2102 Techniques of Instrumental Accompanying
    • Vocalists may substitute large ensemble
1 1
Class Instruction for Performance
  • PERB 3116 Contemporary Music Workshop
1 1

Music Arts and Skills

  • MUAS 2149 Introduction to Music Education
  • MUAS 5152 Percussion Techniques
2 2

For Instrumental:

  • MUAS 5146 Upper String Techniques
  • MUAS 5147 Lower String Techniques
  • MUAS 5148 Single Reed and Flute Techniques
  • MUAS 5149 Double Reed Techniques
  • MUAS 5150 Low Brass Techniques
  • MUAS 5151 High-Brass Techniques
  • MUAS 5153 Vocal Techniques
  • MUAS 5154 Marching Band Techniques(optional for strings)
  • MUAS 5155 Jazz Techniques

For Vocal or Keyboard:

  • MUAS 5146 Upper String Techniques or 5147 Lower String Techniques
  • MUAS 5148 Single Reed and Flute Techniques or 5149 Double Reed Techniques
  • MUAS 5150 Low Brass Techniques or 5151 High-Brass Techniques
  • MUAS 4230 General Music Practicum
  • MPED 5216 Vocal Pedagogy I (Keyboard may substitute MUAS 5153 Vocal Techniques)

Music Education

  • MUED 2250 New Horizons in Music Education
  • MUED 3330 General Music Methods and Materials
5 5

Music Education

  • MUED 3331 Band and Orchestra Music Education Methods, Literature, and Materials (Instrumental)
  • or
  • MUED 3332 Choral Music Methods and Materials (Vocal/Keyboard)
3 3

PERB Diction

  • PERB 2106 Diction - Italian
  • PERB 2108 Diction - English
  • PERB 2107 Diction - German
  • PERB 2109 Diction - French


  • EDU 2350 Educational Psychology
  • EDU 5327 Integrating Teaching and Learning
  • EDU 5349 Learning Environment and Professionalism: EC-12
9 9

Community Experience

  • MSA 1001
  • or
  • MSA 1101
0-1 0-1

Free Electives (hours vary as needed to meet University residency and degree requirements

varies varies
  122** 122**

*Additional requirements for teacher certification:

Student teaching: Select any two with adviser approval:

  • EDU 5363 Elementary Student Teaching
  • EDU 5364 Elementary Student Teaching
  • EDU 5373 Secondary Student Teaching
  • EDU 5374 Secondary Student Teaching

Successful completion of the state TExES examination

6 6

The following is the current course of study for the degree. Current students should refer to the SMU Catalog (maintained by the Registrar's Office) listings under their year of matriculation to find their degree plan.

**GEC students are required to complete a minimum of 124 term credit hours, and are exempt from three hours of Perspectives and an additional three hours of either Perspectives or Cultural Formations.

After the completion of 60 hours of coursework, including the music theory sequence, music education students must successfully undergo an upper-division review before enrolling in upper-division coursework. The senior major should present one solo performance in general recital. Prior to student-teaching certification, students must complete 45 clock hours of field experience in early childhood through grade 12 schools.

Students should arrange to take both portions of the state-mandated Texas Higher Education Assessment before their student-teaching term. Registration for the TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities Test requires approval of the Department of Teaching and Learning of the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. Students are not eligible to apply for state certification until successful completion of the TExES examination, all degree requirements and student-teaching hours.

Student teaching, in addition to being subject to the eligibility requirements published by the Department of Teaching and Learning, must be approved by the Music Education Department, and must follow successful completion of all methods (MUED) and techniques (MUAS) courses. Student teaching is considered a full-time endeavor, with no daytime coursework or concurrent ensemble assignments.

Dual Degree in Performance and Music Education

Students who meet degree candidacy criteria in both performance and music education can pursue dual degrees in these fields. If begun by the second or third term, the second degree can usually be achieved with a range of 9 to 17 additional credits (approximately one term) through wise use of electives and curricular planning. Students considering these plans should consult their adviser and the department heads as early as possible in their academic program.

Areas of Study



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About the Division of Music

Undergraduate Studies


B.A. in Music

B.M. in Performance

B.M. in Composition

B.M. in Music Therapy

B.M. in Music Education (Teacher Certification)

Dual Degree in Performance and Music Education

Minor in Music

Music Minor in Songwriting

Minor In Musical Theatre

Minor in the History of Visual and Performing Arts

Graduate Studies

Classes (See Catalog)




Faculty and Staff

Student Resources

Student Internships & Collaborations

MuSci Lab

Meadows Artist Bridge

Dallas Resources

Peak Fellowship Ensemble-in-Residence

SMU Meadows Licensed Music Rights

Workshops and Special Programs

Opportunities for Non-Music Majors