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Music Education, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
, GA,
The P-12 Music Education program is a collaboration between Mercer’s Tift College of Education and the Townsend School of Music. This degree provides undergraduate professional training for students who are seeking a career in teaching music in elementary through secondary school.


Students completing this curriculum are prepared for State of Georgia P-12 teaching certification in choral and instrumental music. Successful completion of the program of study and passing scores on the appropriate GaPSC-approved Content Pedagogy Assessment and GACE Content Assessments lead to eligibility for Level 4 induction certification.

In order for teachers to create a classroom environment where music can be appreciated and performed, they must have a strong background in music content, including music history and theory, performance, orchestration, conducting, sight reading, vocal and instrumental pedagogy, and appreciation.  In a combination of music classes, education theory and methodology classes, and field experiences, students will develop the skills necessary to blend theory and practice, and become an effective music educator.


Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to: 
  • Understand how students learn music in classes and rehearsals and how that learning can be assessed.
  • Understand about diverse genres, styles, and periods of music in order to better facilitate student understanding of both musical tradition and diversity. 
  • Engage music students in a well-planned sequence of learning experiences such as appropriate music repertoire, teaching materials which lead to clearly defined skills and knowledge
  • Emphasize learning which demonstrates the relationships within the arts and the interrelatedness of music with disciplines outside the arts, especially social studies and language arts
  • Utilize learning tasks which involve current technology in order to individualize and expand music learning

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Theory Skills
  • Music Theory
  • Basic Musicianship
  • Advanced Musicianship
  • Basic Conducting
  • Advanced Choral Conducting and Literature
  • Advanced Instrumental Conducting
  • Advanced Choral Methods
  • Mercer Singers
  • Women’s Chamber Choir 1 credit
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Mercer University Orchestra
  • Mercer University Choir

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Application for Admission, either Mercer's application or the Common Application, with U.S. $50.00 nonrefundable application fee
  • Official secondary school and/or official university transcript(s), translated in English
  • A letter of recommendation from an academic or personal reference, translated in English
  • Course-by-course evaluation of transcripts, including grade point average (GPA), completed and forwarded to Mercer. We will accept evaluations from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny & Associates.
  • For students whose native language or language of instruction in secondary high school is English, an official SAT or ACT score is required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    36894 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 36894 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    36894 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 36894 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    36894 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 36894 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
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