The University offers a bachelor of music education (B.M.E.) for students who wish to obtain licensure
to teach in elementary and secondary schools.
Music education students choose between two concentrations—the choral/general concentration or
the instrumental/general concentration—each of which leads to Indiana kindergarten-12 teaching licensure.
Students also may add a choral or instrumental option to their degrees, resulting in full K-12 licensure.
Coursework, observation and teaching in the public school setting, and participation in professional organizations prepare students for a successful teaching career.
In addition, students participate in several special collaborative music programs (instrument and voice coaching, computer composition, ensemble support) with local schools.
The program culminates in a semester-long student teaching assignment. Students are placed at two schools in order to gain hands-on experience at both primary and
secondary levels. Expert University music faculty provide direct supervision of student teachers,
who also receive invaluable guidance from the cooperating teacher.
Each student receives a solid foundation in comprehensive, integrated musicianship by participating in performance ensembles, by taking private lessons, by attending concerts, and by studying music theory, music history and literature, piano, music technology, scoring, and conducting.
Other opportunities include the University's Honors Program and study abroad programs, which range from summer
programs to a single semester or a full academic year in over 56 countries.
In addition to the University's regular admission process, there is a separate admission process for a
student to be admitted as a music major. For further information, visit the School of Music.
The Music Education Program has a strong heritage of training highly qualified music teachers since
the institution's founding in 1865—and continues to attract students challenged and excited by the prospect of educating young people
in the rewarding field of music.
Our graduates have achieved distinction throughout the State of Indiana, the nation, and the
world as inspiring teachers, renowned performing artists, and visionary music business leaders.
The School of Music takes great pride in the many outstanding music education graduates who
teach in public and private schools in Indiana and throughout the country. These alumni have
distinguished themselves in the elementary school general music classroom; as middle school band,
chorus, jazz, orchestra, and general teachers; and as high school band, chorus, jazz, and
In addition, the School of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National
Association of Schools of Music. The Music Education Program holds accreditation with the National
Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the Music Business Program is affiliated with
NAMM (International Music Products Association).
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.
Music scholarships are awarded through a competitive audition process that begins in November and
concludes by March 1 of each academic year. To be considered for a music scholarship for the following
academic year, students must have auditioned by March 1.
The Catalog of Indiana State University is the document of
authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalog supersede information issued by any
academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the
requirements at any time.