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Music Education, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
South Bend, IN, United States
Develop your unique musical talents while working closely with outstanding faculty and visiting artists. The Music Education program offered by Saint Mary's College challenges you to strive for excellence in both individual and group performance, and to develop an intellectual understanding of musical structure and the processes that create it.
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Participate in a wealth of diverse performance and other experiential opportunities working with student composers, chamber ensembles, and various members of the surrounding musical community. Recital forums and the Window on Music series offer exposure to many music-related careers. Field experiences in local classrooms will prepare you to teach after graduation.

The Music Education delivered by Saint Mary's College comprehensive will focus your training in analysis, history, and music literature on a single solo or ensemble composition. You'll present a theoretical and historical analysis of the piece or set of pieces to the faculty and other students. 

Knowledge Acquisition and Integration of Learning

The Saint Mary’s College Music Major:

  • Can explain the characteristics of western classical music over time, including the development of standard repertoire and musical style.
  • Correctly utilizes the essential elements of musical structure and notation.
  • Develops abilities in both solo and ensemble performance.
  • Has a basic knowledge of world music cultures.
  • Can apply theoretical analysis to musical compositions.
  • Can explain artifacts of music in a wider cultural and historical context.
  • Is able to critically evaluate her own music biases and investments.
  • The Saint Mary’s Music Education Major demonstrates an understanding of music teaching methodologies.

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: 

  • Foundations for Teaching in a Multicultural Society field 
  • General/Special Education Partnerships in Elementary/Middle School 
  • Curriculum and Assessment in Middle/High School field 
  • Educational Psychology: Human Growth and Development of the Middle/High School Student field
  • Elementary Music Methods

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • academic accomplishments as evidenced by rigor of coursework, grades, grade trends
  • self-reported SAT or ACT scores (unless you plan to apply Test Optional). We'll accept your self-reported scores off the application for admission and scholarship consideration, but in order for you to ultimately enroll at Saint Mary's, you will be required to submit your official test scores. So, report them accurately!
  • extracurricular activities
  • community service and leadership experience
  • personal essay
  • recommendations from counselors, teachers, coaches and other personal acquaintances

Tuition Fee

  • International

    43040 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 43040 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    43040 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 43040 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for South Bend

  • 885 - 1440 USD/month
    Living Costs

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