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Instrumental Music Option, Bachelor of Music Education Degree

Undergraduate students who want to teach music may earn a Bachelor of Music Education degree with options in instrumental music, vocal music, or dual certification. The BME provides certification to teach either instrumental or vocal music in grades pre-kindergarten through 12.

About the Faculty

All Major and Minor music courses are taught by experienced faculty who offer specialized instruction in diverse music disciplines. Most of the full time faculty members have doctoral degrees, and all teach beginning and advanced classes. Besides teaching, many perform recitals, teach master classes and workshops, and adjudicate competitions both on and off campus. Additionally, many pursue other scholarly activities including writing books and articles, and creating compositions and recordings.

Career Opportunities

UCM has been successful in placing graduates in prestigious teaching, performing, and other music-related careers including the recording industry. Central Missouri alumni include the concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, a former member of the U.S. Navy Sea Chanters, a vocal soloist with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, winners of national composition contests, employees of major record labels, and highly successful educators.

Financial Assistance

The Department of Music's Merit Scholarships, Service Awards and Music Foundation Scholarships are awarded based on ability and various combinations of enrollment in applied lessons and ensemble participation. Any student that participates is eligible for most of these awards. There are a few awards reserved specifically for music majors. Additionally, the University awards academic scholarships based on previous academic performance and test scores. Auditions are held in November, on Presidents Day weekend each February, or by appointment.

Performing Groups

UCM offers a wide range of performing experiences from the University Symphony Orchestra and Opera Workshop to the Jazz-Rock Combos and Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Many of these ensembles are also open to the avocational musician and all groups present periodic performances for the public.

Vocal large ensembles include the university Concert Choir and Collegiate Choir as well as Women's Chorus. Students can also join the Opera Workshop for staged scenes and full productions of opera repertoire. The Vocal Jazz Ensemble concentrates on jazz and popular music standards.

Instrumental Ensembles are also numerous and varied. The University Symphony Orchestra presents at least four concerts a year including an Oratorio performance with the choirs in the Spring. The orchestra includes a full wind and percussion section. The Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band perform traditional concert band repertoire as well as recently written works. The Marching Mules perform at all home football games. The two Jazz ensembles perform a diverse range of music for large Jazz band and the Guitar Ensemble performs music in the classical guitar style.

Other instrumental ensemble opportunities include Jazz-Rock Combos, and various like-instrument chamber ensembles. There is also a Pep Band that performs for the Basketball games and a Pit Orchestra for the fall musical presented in conjunction with the Theatre Department.

Keyboard students can participate in any of the large ensembles as well as Keyboard Ensemble and numerous chamber music and accompanying opportunities.


The Music curriculum is geared toward creating literate musicians. It starts with a solid foundation of basic materials and instruction and then builds on that foundation with advanced courses taught by specialists in those areas. The curriculum is supported by well-equipped classrooms and recording studios.

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