The University of Central Missouri’s Bachelor of Music Education helps you build on your musical performance and teaching skills to become the best educator you can be. Our Instrumental Music Education program features traditional and innovative training techniques that prepare you for a career as a K–12 music teacher. You’ll also develop the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue a graduate degree in music performance, music education or other fields of music.
UCM prides itself on offering students in the Bachelor of Music Education degree program an immersive educational experience with numerous performance, teaching and networking opportunities. We ensure that our Instrumental Music Education majors gain conducting and teaching experiences early in the undergraduate program, giving you time to hone your craft and build on feedback from our distinguished faculty.
The University of Central Missouri has produced some of the top educators in the field of Music for more than 150 years. If you’re looking for a Bachelor of Music Education degree at an All-Steinway School that prepares you with real-world skills, UCM is the place for you.
100% job placement for BME graduates
High-volume performance opportunities
Annual Festival of Champions event
UCM Invitational Band Festival
Personalized advising with success coach
UCM’s Bachelor of Music Education degree features classes in conducting, pedagogy, technology, music theory and music history. You’ll also have the chance to work directly with UCM ensembles as both a performing musician and guest conductor.
In addition to developing your own instrumental performance skills, you’ll take a range of classes on how to be an effective K–12 music teacher. Classes for Music Education majors at UCM include:
UCM’s Instrumental Music Education majors hone their teaching and classroom management skills through real-world scenarios both on and off campus:
UCM’s Instrumental Music Education degree program will prepare you for K–12 teaching positions and teaching certifications. Music educators are in demand across the country, and UCM’s faculty can help you connect with prospective employers and schools — even before you graduate. In fact, UCM’s Music Education program boasts a nearly 100% job placement rate.
As a UCM graduate, you’ll also have the skills to seek advanced degrees at the master’s and doctoral levels for a career as a professional musician, private music teacher or college-level instructor.
Careers for graduates with a Bachelor of Music Education
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UCM strives to support its students with robust financial aid offerings and guidance. As an Instrumental Music Education major, you may qualify for scholarships, grants, assistantships and work-study programs that help you offset the cost of your bachelor’s degree in Music Education.
Beyond UCM’s university-wide scholarships, Instrumental Music Education majors can apply for more than 50 endowed scholarships available from the UCM Music Foundation as well as for financial awards reserved for aspiring music educators, such as:
Learn more about program-specific scholarships by using the UCM Scholarship Finder.
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If you’re interested in becoming an educator or professional musician but you aren’t certain that the Bachelor of Music Education is the best program for you, look into these undergraduate programs at UCM: