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Music Education, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #501 (ARWU) Bozeman, MT, United States
The Music Education degree from Montana State University is designed for students who wish to become licensed to teach music in grades K-12. Upon completion of the degree, students are eligible for licensure in the state of Montana. Obtaining a teaching minor will require more than eight semesters. 
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Course Description

A selection of courses in music education, music theory, and music history are offered at the graduate level.  A Master of Education degree with an emphasis in music is available through the Department of Education.

Students of the Music Education degree from Montana State University are required to audition with the appropriate applied instrumental or vocal faculty prior to, or at the latest, during the first semester of study for all music programs.  Placement in MUSI 195 (Applied Music) will be at the sole determination of the applied studio professor.  Students with limited experience on their principal instrument are responsible for obtaining preparatory instruction and basic music-reading skills and may be required to complete MUSI 102 in order to develop the required skills necessary to be accepted for applied study and enroll in MUSI 195.  If accepted for applied lessons, music majors must enroll in Applied Music each semester of residency.  Advancement to the next level will be by performance jury and with the approval of the applied music instructor.  A recital, or an appearance in a recital as soloist, must be completed before advancement to MUSI 395 (Applied Music III).  Additionally, BME majors must fulfill the chamber music requirement through applied study prior to advancement to MUSI 395.  BME students must successfully complete at least one semester of MUSI 395 before student teaching.  Students are required to adhere to the current concert/lecture attendance policy as stated in the School of Music "Music Major Handbook."

BME degree students are classified as either Instrumental or Choral majors.  All BME majors are expected to participate in an ensemble every semester in residence.  Acceptable ensembles are listed in the music major handbook.  As a portion of the required ensemble courses, choral majors are required to enroll in choir (MUSI 112, MUSI 312, or MUSI 426) and complete one term of an instrumental ensemble.  As a portion of the required ensemble courses, string, piano and guitar majors are required to complete one term each of an instrumental and a choral ensemble.  As a portion of the required ensemble courses, wind and percussion majors must enroll in MUSI 155 (Marching Band) for two semesters and a choral ensemble for one semester.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Music Theory 
  • Aural Perception 
  • Keyboard Skills 
  • Techniques: Percussion
  • Techniques: Voice
  • Applied Music 

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General Requirements

  • Complete your application. 
  • Pay the application fee of US$38 for the online application or US$30 for the paper application. 
  • Submit your proof of English proficiency.  
  • Submit your transcripts. If you are applying as a freshman, please send us your high school transcript. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    25850 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25850 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    7320 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7320 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Bozeman

  • 1099 - 2280 USD/month
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