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College of the Arts

School of Music

E101 Center for the Performing Arts
Tel: 330-672-2172


The Bachelor of Music in Music Education prepares students for Ohio Licsensure to teach music in grades K-12 in choral, general and instrumental music. Ohio licensure is recognized in most states. While receiving comprehensive training in both areas, students specialize in the instrumental or choral/general concentrations. The program includes studies in jazz, folk, musical theatre, world music and music technology, while providing a strong grounding in Western art music history, theory and performance.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from the music education program hold teaching positions in Ohio and throughout the country.

Teachers of self-enrichment education held about 253,600 jobs in 2008. The largest numbers of teachers were employed by public and private educational institutions and providers of social assistance.
(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Admission Requirements

Freshman Students: Students must audition before being admitted to the School of Music. Inquiries can be directed to the Coordinator of Admissions and Scholarships, School of Music, E-101 Music and Speech, Kent State University, P.O. Box 5190, Kent, OH 44242-0001(or call 330-672-2172). Audition information can be found by visiting

Transfer Students: In addition to meeting the general transfer admission requirement (2.0 overall GPA), students must audition before being admitted to the School of Music. Additional information is available from the School of Music Office, E-101 Music and Speech Center, Kent State University, P.O. Box 5190, Kent, OH 44242-0001 (or call 330-672-2172). Audition information can be found by visiting

For more information about admission criteria for transfer, transitioning and former students, please visit the admissions website.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 132 credit hours. Minimum 2.500 overall and 2.750 major GPA. Students must earn a minimum grade of C (2.000) in all music courses. Students are required to complete one-half senior recital, which may not be performed during the student-teaching period. Students specializing in wind, brass and percussion instruments must enroll in Marching Band (MUS 45222) once during their first two years of study.

Licensure Requirement (not required for graduation):
Candidates seeking Ohio licensure are required to pass specific assessments in order to apply for licensure. See Ohio Department of Education-Educator Preparation website for more information on assessments specific to licensure type. Taking and passing the licensure tests prior to graduation is encouraged but not required.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to successfully meet all requirements for state licensure.


National Association of Schools of Music

Culminating Requirements

Major field achievement test in music history and music theory. Senior Recital. Student Teaching.