Department of Music Education

Jacobs School Bulletin

2013-2014
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Degree in Music Education

Bachelor of Music Education Degrees

BME (Bachelor of Music Education) 

(High School Diploma or Equivalency Required)
This degree leads to Indiana state music teaching certification K-12 in instrumental teaching - band, choral teaching, general music teaching, or instrumental teaching - string. Indiana state certification can be applied in most states in the US. This degree provides a well-rounded preparation in musical performance, theory, history, piano skills, conducting, instrumental techniques, music education methods, general education, field observation and student teaching field experience. Students participate in a music ensemble each semester. Indiana University offers a wide range of ensemble experiences, including the Marching Hundred marching band, Singing Hoosiers show and jazz choir, five symphony orchestras, three concert bands, four jazz bands, numerous choirs, new and early music ensembles, and the International Vocal Ensemble. A classical audition and music education interview are required for admission.

The Following Course plans show a typical progression through each of the degree programs.

Graduate Music Education Degrees

  • Master of Music Education (MME)
  • Master of Science in Music Education (MS)
  • Specialist in Music Education
  • Doctor of Music Education (DME)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education (PhD)
MS (Master of Science) 

(Undergraduate degree in music or equivalency required)
The MS in music education is designed for graduates of Bachelor's degree programs in an area of music other than music education. It provides a foundation of understanding the principles and processes of both teaching and learning music while supplementing previous study with those competencies necessary for teaching certification.

MME (Master of Music Education)

(Undergraduate degree in music or equivalency required)
The Master of Music Education degree makes it possible for individuals with previous teaching experience in schools or private settings to enhance their musical and methodological techniques. The MME student may also design the curriculum to prepare for further study at the doctoral level. This degree is available with an emphasis in band conducting and literature, choral methods, general music, instrumental methods, Kod�ly and Orff, or individualized studies. 

Specialist in Music Education
The Specialist in Music Education is designed to provide a flexible program of study beyond the Master's degree for students whose interests are in public school teaching or supervision. Courses may be chosen from music education theory and practice, performance, conducting, music theory and history, techniques, methods, and from areas outside music. The applicant must have a master's degree in music or music education and at least three years of teaching experience. 

DME (Doctor of Music Education) 
The Doctor of Music Education degree prepares an individual for college music teaching. Major field courses and a firm foundation of research techniques will prepare the student with knowledge of historical and current research in the field. This degree is offered with a specialization area of wind conducting and literature, choral conducting and methodology, college music teaching, instrumental methodology, jazz methodology, general music methodology, string methodology, or individual studio study. The program includes study in one minor field in addition to dissertation research. 

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) 
The Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education degree, conferred by the Graduate School, focuses on the thorough preparation of future scholars in music education by providing courses in philosophical, historical, and quantitative research methodologies. This degree is offered with a specialization area of wind conducting and literature, choral conducting and methodology, college music teaching, instrumental methodology, jazz methodology, general music methodology, string methodology, or individual studio study. The program includes a public lecture requirement, demonstration of language skills, and study in one minor field in addition to dissertation research. 

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