Music Education

Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.)

Learning to understand and enjoy music builds a vast array of skills that benefits every student. While most music students do not go on to become professional performers, the experience of learning an instrument, performing in a band or choir, and enjoying the challenges and camaraderie as part of these experiences in school, make music education very rewarding. 

Indiana University’s music education program is administered through the world-famous Jacobs School of Music.

  • Admissions Requirements
    Direct Admit Scholars

    To be considered for direct admission into the School of Education, students must first be admitted to IU with an intended major within the School of Education. Students who meet the following qualifications are invited to apply to join the Direct Admit Scholars program:

    • A minimum SAT score of 1170 New SAT (or 1100 Old SAT) or a minimum ACT score of 24
    • A minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
    Certification from University Division

    Students should meet with a University Division advisor, who can provide guidance in meeting certification requirements. These requirements include:

    • An overall IU grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher
    • 30 credit hours of college level coursework completed
    • Completion of EDUC-G203: Communication for Youth Serving Professionals, with a grade of C or better. (Under certain circumstances, students may substitute another college level public speaking or interpersonal communication class.)

    Learn more about how to apply

  • Financial Aid

    We offer a range of scholarships for qualified students. Current students can be considered for most School of Education scholarships by completing one application each year.

    We also encourage students to visit Student Central for information about financial assistance.

    If you are a prospective student who applies to our Direct Admit Scholars program, you’ll be considered for scholarship opportunities as an entering freshman.

  • Student Teaching

    The program culminates in a semester-long student teaching experience where you’ll test your understanding in real-world situations and refine your strategies for instruction and assessment based on your experiences. The School of Education will help you meet your student teaching requirements and assist with placement.

  • Licensing

    When you graduate, you'll be able to apply for an Indiana All School Settings license that enables you to teach at any grade level.

    Learn more about applying for your initial license.

  • Degree Requirements

    Visit the Jacobs School of Music website to learn about music education degree requirements and how to apply.

Currently, four areas of emphasis are offered for future music educators:

  • General Music
  • Choral Music
  • Instrumental Music (Band)
  • Instrumental Music (String)

Your music course work will be taught by Jacobs School of Music professors, but you will take education course work that is collaboratively offered by both the Jacobs School of Music and the IU School of Education.