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Music Education, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
, GA,
This four-year degree at Georgia Southern University qualifies candidates for pre-kindergarten – 12th grade music teaching certification in Georgia. Candidates develop a primary area of expertise by selecting either a Choral or Instrumental Emphasis. 


They also gain skills and knowledge to teach outside their expertise and in elementary music classrooms. The curriculum at Georgia Southern University includes both traditional and contemporary approaches to music education. Field Experiences in local public schools begin in the candidate’s second year and continue through a full semester of student teaching. Many candidates also gain additional teaching experience by working with local church choirs, marching bands, and community groups. As Music Majors, candidates are eligible to participate in the full range of ensembles offered by Georgia Southern University.

A unique partnership is available to GSU Music Education Majors and students in grades 4-12 who attend the Boys & Girls Club of Bulloch County. The children come to the Music Department two afternoons a week to receive lessons in guitar or world percussion. Over thirty adolescents participated in lessons in the program’s first year, learning chord progressions, basic theory, world drumming techniques, instrument care, and ensemble performance skills. The students debuted their musical skills with a public performance at ArtsFest and a formal Recital in April 2013. This program is funded by The Sylvia and William Gretsch Memorial Foundation.


Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Georgia Southern University (GSU) is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 20,000-24,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. 

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education
  • Exploring Learning and Teaching
  • Applied Music 
  • Recital
  • Technology music 
  • Music Theory
  • Percussion Methods
  • String Methods
  • Voice Class 
  • Brass Methods 
  • Woodwind Methonds 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 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

High School GPA & Required High School Curriculum

  • 2.5+ High School GPA
  • Your High School GPA is calculated by the Office of Admissions using the 17 Required High School Curriculum courses listed at the bottom of this page. Additional information can be found at Staying on Course. Grades will be used as listed on your official high school transcript; Georgia Southern does not add or remove weight for accelerated courses.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19282 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9641 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    5464 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2732 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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per 15 credits

Living costs for Statesboro

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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