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Musical Arts / Teacher Education, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
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Students completing the program earn the Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) degree, majoring in musical arts/teacher education: vocal or instrumental general for four years; and then the Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree, which requires one calendar year, June through May. Application to Peabody College for the M.Ed. program is made during the student’s senior year at Blair. Students may elect to work toward licensure in either instrumental/general or vocal/general music.  The curriculum is carefully designed to prepare students for Licensure K-12 in the state of Tennessee, and other states as well if the student chooses to make application elsewhere.

The innovative curriculum includes a strong music performance emphasis; a solid foundation in music literature, theory, musicianship and keyboard harmony, conducting, and the liberal arts; undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology and education; and practica (practical experience) for a semester in three of the four undergraduate years and two student teaching opportunities in the spring semester of the master’s degree work. Practica constitute a wide variety of experiences, including public school, private school, and Blair’s pre-collegiate programs such as Suzuki Strings, Blair Children’s Chorus, and Nashville Youth Symphony.

The liberal arts core is adapted to fulfill state licensure requirements for professional educators. The music electives ordinarily associated with the musical arts curriculum are generally devoted to prerequisites for the M.Ed. degree and licensure. Although electives are limited, careful planning offers many possibilities for students (the first MA5 student did study abroad in the spring of 2013). Course offerings include Philosophical Foundations and Contemporary Issues in Music Teaching; Methods and Materials in Instrumental Music, Pre-K through 12; Introduction to Brass, Strings, Woodwinds, and Percussion; Methods and Materials in Vocal/General Music, Pre-K through 12; and Child and Adolescent Voices.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Philosophical Foundations
  • Contemporary Issues in Music Teaching
  • Methods and Materials in Instrumental Music,
  • Introduction to Brass

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

ALL Students applying to the Blair School of Music must submit two applications by the application deadline 

  • An application for admission to Vanderbilt, using one of three application methods (Coalition Application,  Common Application , or the Questbridge Application*) All required parts of your chosen form of application must be submitted and received by Admissions for live audition consideration. 
  • A Blair Acceptd application. Students must submit all required Acceptd application materials before the applicant can be considered for a live audition.

Acceptd Required Materials:

  • Two Artistic Recommendations
  • Headshot or Photo
  • Music Resume
  • Repertoire List 
  • Prescreening Video 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    48600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 48600 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    48600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 48600 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for Nashville

  • 1183 - 2200 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


We make three important commitments to U.S. Citizens and eligible non-citizens to ensure that students from many different economic circumstances can enroll at Vanderbilt:

  • First:  Since talent and promise recognize no social, cultural, economic, or geographic boundaries, our admissions process is need-blind for U.S. Citizens and eligible non-citizens. 
  • Second: Vanderbilt will meet 100% of a family’s demonstrated financial need. 
  • Third:  Financial aid awards do not include loans. Instead of offering need-based loans to undergraduate students, Vanderbilt offers additional grant assistance. This does not involve income bands or "cut-offs" that impact or limit eligibility.

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