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Music Education, BME

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #251 (WUR) Albuquerque, NM, United States
Students completing the requirements and curriculum stated below will receive the Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.) degree and will be eligible to apply for Level 1 Licensure in Music, K–12, in the State of New Mexico.
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Official acceptance to the degree program is granted upon admission to the College of Fine Arts as a Music Education Major. Satisfactory completion of MUSE 194 Introduction to Music Education and MUSE 195 Introductory Teaching Practicum is necessary for official acceptance to the Music Education degree program. 

Students may be eligible for acceptance upon completion of two semesters; early application is advised. Students seeking only endorsement for music teacher certification must be admitted to a Teacher Education Program.

Students pursuing teacher licensure are considered de facto Music Education majors, even though their enrollment status may be non-degree, and will be required to complete all Music and Music Education course work required for the B.M.E. if this course work does not appear on their transcripts

Students will have a period of one year to remove any deficiencies revealed during the admission process. Students already enrolled at the University of New Mexico will not be eligible to transfer to the College of Fine Arts or to take 300 and 400 level professional courses until this admission process is completed. 

Exception will be made for students with earned baccalaureate degrees upon recommendation of the department and for students transferring from other institutions. Transfer students may be enrolled in the College of Fine Arts on a provisional basis for a maximum of two semesters, during which time they must complete the admission process.


All transfer students will be given a theory, ear-training and sight-singing proficiency examination for the purpose of determining competency in these areas. If test results reveal deficiencies, transfer students will be required to remove such by enrolling and successfully completing one or more semesters of the theory curriculum.

Students must pass the Music Education Advisory Review (MEAR) before enrolling in 300-level music education courses. The purpose of the MEAR is to assess the music education candidate’s suitability for a music teaching career. Candidates appear for an interview with music education faculty that includes evaluations of musicianship, communication skills, and personal dispositions. 

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses Included
  • Concert Music 
  • Music Theory
  • Music Theory I Aural Lab 
  • Woodwinds (Clar/Flute/Sax) 
  • Introductory Teaching Practicum 
  • Music Education Lab 

English Language Requirements

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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

  • Completion of 26 hours of earned credit.

  • Competency in English writing as demonstrated by: achieving a score of 26 or higher on the English section of the ACT examination

  • Competency in Mathematics as demonstrated by: achieving a score of 22 or higher on the Math section of the ACT examination

  • Completion of 12 credit hours of course work in the major area with at least a 2.5 grade point average.

  • Students seeking the Bachelor of Music or the Bachelor of Music Education degree must also have approval to concentrate in the appropriate instrument or voice. Refer to the Music section for additional admission requirements to the instrumental and voice programs and the Bachelor of Music Education program.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    928 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 928 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    928 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 928 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    269 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 269 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Albuquerque

  • 870 - 1360 USD/month
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