Bachelor of Music Education

Requirements

Students receiving the Bachelor of Music Education (BME) must meet the state requirements for licensure. Students may select from three options within this degree:

  1. Instrumental emphasis offered to satisfy the needs of students whose chief performing medium is instrumental or keyboard and who plan to enter the field of instrumental music teaching in the public schools.
  2. Vocal emphasis offered to satisfy the needs of students whose chief performing medium is voice, and who plan to enter the field of vocal and general music teaching in the public schools.
  3. Keyboard emphasis offered to satisfy the needs of students whose chief performing medium is keyboard and who plan to enter the field of vocal, instrumental or general music in the public schools.
  4. Special music education emphasis offered to satisfy the needs of students, either vocal or instrumental specialists, who plan to enter the field of music education for special education children in the public schools.

Student Teaching

Admission into the student teaching semester requires:

  • a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.500;
  • a minimum grade point average of 2.500 in music courses;
  • senior standing (90 credit hours — 200 credit points);
  • a grade of C or better in:
    ENGL 101College English I (or its equivalent)3
    ENGL 102College English II3
    COMM 111Public Speaking3
    MATH 111College Algebra3
  • completion of prerequisites in educational psychology;
  • foundations of education and music education methods;
  • successful completion of the piano proficiency exam and all other music requirements (including senior recital);
  • successful completion of a physical examination; and
  • a recommendation by the music education area.

Transfer students must satisfy education requirements for prerequisites not taken at Wichita State.

All students must have an application on file with the music education area and receive its approval. Students must file applications with the director of music education.

Graduation Requirements

The following program fulfills both the university requirements for graduation and the Kansas licensure requirement and must be taken by all Bachelor of Music Education candidates. In completing the BME program, the student must meet the general education program requirements of the university given in the Requirements for Graduation section of the Undergraduate Catalog.