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Bachelor in Music Education BME (KS) | Undergraduate Degree Program

Bachelor in Music Education BME (KS)

About OU's Bachelor of Music Education (Kansas)

Ottawa University’s Bachelor of Music Education (BME) degree in Kansas promotes an understanding and appreciation of musical expression as part of the university’s liberal arts education, and will prepare students by increasing their knowledge of theory and history across diverse musical cultures. Faculty of OU’s music department are professional musicians committed to working with students to take their current musical skills and knowledge to new heights.

Ottawa’s BME degree in Kansas prepares students to teach music at PreK-12 levels, with an emphasis on instrumental, choral-vocal, or general music. Students complete coursework approved by the state, as well as professional knowledge and methods courses prior to the student teaching field experience. Furthermore, students will develop their abilities through ear-training, sight-singing, orchestration, composition, conducting and performance, whereby they will have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of music ensembles that perform throughout the year

The BME curriculum prepares prospective music teachers to be sensitive and compassionate to the unique needs, challenges and learning styles of a diverse adolescent student population. OU’s music students develop critical thinking skills through an analysis of educational history, philosophy and psychology; measurement and evaluation of learning; and classroom management. They gain awareness of cultural diversity and the social and political contexts of education. Graduates of the secondary education licensure program are prepared to serve in a variety of school settings, both public and private.

Two BME Concentrations

Ottawa’s bachelor’s in music education offers two concentrations that allow students to tailor their degree in an area of specialization, including:

Both of OU’s music education specializations are state approved in Kansas, and are also accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The degree requirements meet licensure standards for the state of Kansas. Completion of this program does not guarantee licensure or certification in other states.

Career Outlook for the Bachelors in Music Education

Music teachers teach music and music appreciation to students in a wide array of groupings, including preschools, elementary, middle, and high schools as well as colleges, and can find work virtually anywhere in the country, from small towns to large cities and all points in between. There are currently an estimated 122,500 music teachers in the United States.

The music teacher job market is expected to grow by 12 percent through 2026, according to Career Explorer. The median annual wage for music teachers was $59,400 in May 2019. The lowest 20 percent earned $30,100, and the highest 20 percent earned $117,500.

Perspective on the BME

Research has found that music education facilitates learning other subjects and enhances skills that children inevitably use in other areas. Mary Luehrisen, executive director of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation, a not-for-profit association that promotes the benefits of music education states: “A music-rich experience for children of singing, listening and moving is really bringing a very serious benefit to children as they progress into more formal learning.”

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For curriculum and course descriptions, please visit the online course catalog.

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Requirements List

  • Issues in Education is a 4-hour option for students to take while student teaching in order to remain full-time.

Additional Coursework is Required to complete Teacher Licensure for:

  • PreK-12 General Music
  • PreK-12 Instrumental Music
  • PreK-12 Vocal Music
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University Accreditation

Ottawa University, as a whole, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Specific degree programs within our institution have also been accredited by relevant bodies within the field:

We are proudly recognized for our commitment to student excellence by the following designations:

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