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Music Education

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At SIU, our music education program offers a solid foundation to become highly qualified professional music teachers. We offer both a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in music education so that you can obtain the highest professional credentials all at SIU.

Students of our music education program achieve excellence in both academics and performance through the carefully devised curriculum in both the undergraduate and graduate courses of study. Our faculty members focus on your specific career goals in music education to prepare you to take on the challenge of providing a positive musical experience for children, schools and communities.

The specialization in music education focuses on music literacy and the role music plays in the emotional and intellectual development of school-age children.

Bachelor of Music (Music Education)

The undergraduate major can be accomplished by fulfilling the requirements for the Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degree.

  • Total Degree Requirements: 125 credit hours
  • University Core Curriculum: 39 credit hours
  • Major Requirements: 59 credit hours
  • Professional Education Requirements: 24 credit hours
  • Additional Licensure Requirements: 3 credit hours

Compass IconCheck out the B.M. Curricular Guides: General | Choral and Instrumental, which helps you outline what courses you would want to take each semester for all four years. View all related undergraduate courses.

Master of Music (Music Education)

  • Total Degree Requirements: 36 credit hours
  • Music Bibliography and Research: 3 credit hours
  • Analytic Techniques A or B: 2 credit hours
  • Scientific Evaluation and Research in Music: 3 credit hours
  • History and Philosophy of Music Education: 3 credit hours
  • Trends in Music Education: 3 credit hours
  • Approved music education electives: 6 credit hours
  • General Music Courses: 6 credit hours
  • Required Ensemble Partispation: 4 credit hours
  • Thesis: 6 credit hours

Compass Icon The graduate major can be accomplished by fulfilling the requirements for the Master of Music (M.M.) degree. View all related graduate courses.

The Bachelor of Music music education program results in a professional degree that prepares students for licensure to teach music in public schools within the State of Illinois. Earning a BM in music education qualifies graduates to teach both vocal and instrumental music in grades K-12. With the help of our advisors, you will be guided throughout all four years of study to achieve your dreams of teaching music.

You can easily move on to receive an advanced degree in music education with our Master of Music program. Intended for students who hold a B.M. in music education and current music teachers who wish to obtain higher professional credentials, the M.M. music education program also prepares students who are on the path to pursuing doctoral studies in music, education or music education. At SIU, we encourage critical thinking in the study of music teaching methods along with extensive performance training.

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Music majors are required to participate in major musical ensembles throughout the academic year, such as SIU's Concert Choir, Marching Salukis, Southern Illinois Symphony or Wind Ensemble. Additionally, The Outside the Box music festival is produced each year, providing opportunities for composition students to attend master classes, seminars, workshops and to perform in the Emerging Composers recital during the event.

Visit the School of Music for a full list of participation opportunities.


The SIU School of Music has more than 30 scholarships available. A large variety of criteria exist for these awards and are listed below outlining the eligibility requirements.

Admissions and Auditions

To apply to the SIU music program, prospective students are required to submit both a University application as well as a School of Music application. In addition to these applications, you will be required to complete an in-person audition at Altgeld Hall on campus, or a live online audition if traveling is not possible. Our undergraduate and graduate Admissions and Auditions pages will give you all of the details necessary to begin early preparation for your applications and an audition for each specific instrument.


At SIU, rehearsals and performances take place in the oldest currently occupied building on campus, Altgeld Hall. With state of the art spaces for choral performers and musicians of every kind, this majestic building is a second home to many students of the music program and a place to enhance their experience as a burgeoning artist.

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Contact Information

Karen Wolf
Academic Advisor
Faner 1229
1100 Lincoln Dr.
Carbondale, IL 62901

Jessica Butler
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Altgeld 22
1000 S Normal Ave
Carbondale, IL 62901