Bachelor of Music Education

with Teacher Certification - Instrumental

The Bachelor of Music degree with Teacher Certification qualifies students to teach music in early childhood through twelfth-grade settings while providing the foundation in music essential to the professional musician and prepares you for a rewarding career using your God-given talent. ACU’s Department of Music offers several distinct degree options tailored to meet your personal and professional goals.

The Bachelor of Music degree with Teacher Certification qualifies students to teach music in early childhood through twelfth-grade settings while providing the foundation in music essential to the professional musician and prepares you for a rewarding career using your God-given talent. ACU’s Department of Music offers several distinct degree options tailored to meet your personal and professional goals.

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Application Deadline

February 1

National Candidates

May 1

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Mission

The ACU Department of Music provides a welcoming liberal arts experience rich with cultural, social and intellectual diversity in a Christian environment. We desire to graduate informed and inquisitive musicians, who embrace diverse musical styles and cultures while pursuing a career in a rapidly evolving field.

Program Structure

B.M. degree with Instrumental Teacher Certification Details

These are the important details you will need to keep in mind as you prepare your application and degree plan. 

Required Hours

University Requirements: 56 credit hours +
Major Requirements: 60 credit hours (choice of 5 tracks) +
Electives: 12 credit hours

Total Required: 128 credit hours

Example Coursework

  • Advanced Theory: Sight Singing and Ear Training
  • Intermediate Conducting
  • Band Methods: Marching Techniques and Wind Culture
  • Professional Practice in Music Education

Minor Available

No

Department

Music

Application Deadlines

Early Application Deadline
November 1 

Application Deadline
February 1

National Candidates
May 1

Curriculum

Learning from the Best

As you hone your talent both in and out of the classroom, you’ll be guided by experienced Christian faculty with years of practical and professional experience. Our faculty have performed, taught and presented research all over the world. They are active members of the Texas Music Educators Association, in addition to a variety of both state and national music organizations.

Hands-On Experience

Here are some hands-on learning and performance experiences you can enjoy while earning your music degree:

  • Study Abroad program in Leipzig, Germany
  • Prestigious guest artist concerts and master classes
  • Tours with student ensembles
  • Attendance at conferences such as TMEA, NATS, CBDNA and NCUR
  • Service opportunities such as The Disney Outreach Show, Christmas for Kids and Brown Bag Concerts for children in the community

Facilities

The Williams Performing Arts Center provides music and theatre students an exceptional venue for academic study, artistic growth and performance. The center includes:

  • A 282-seat Recital Hall acoustically “tuneable” to accommodate the performing artist(s) and number of patrons
  • Large instrument and choral rehearsal halls
  • 44 acoustically treated practice rooms and faculty studios
  • The 325-seat Lewis and Jerry Fulks Theatre, a thrust-stage facility designed to the Theatre Department’s specifications with the help of acoustical and theatre consultants
  • A piano lab featuring 16 digital pianos

Careers

In addition to being certified to teach in public and private schools, a bachelor’s degree in music offers a wide range of exciting careers, including:

  • Band, orchestra or choir director
  • Vocal coach
  • Conductor
  • Composer
  • Studio musician
  • Private lesson teacher
  • Performer
  • Church music director