Music Education (K-12)

The music education program prepares you for the State of Illinois Professional Educator's License in Music Education, which qualifies you to teach band, choir, orchestra or general music courses in K-12 classroom settings.

Preparing You For Success

You participate in classroom field experiences your freshman year, then you gain additional field experiences your sophomore and junior years. These prepare you for the senior year student teaching experience. Bradley faculty and your supervising teachers are valuable mentors throughout the process.

The teacher education department is accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. It also is a member of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. The music education program is recognized by the National Association of Schools of Music.

By the time you graduate, your experiences include:

  • Professional development and licensure in K-12 education
  • More than 500 hours of field experience and student teaching in local classrooms
  • Instruction and mentorship from faculty who taught on six continents, published 30 books on education and served in educational leadership at state and national levels
  • Research opportunities with faculty
  • Use of classroom technology such as Smart Boards, virtual reality, 3-D printing and wearable devices

Making Your Mark

All music education students who completed the program and graduated boast a 100 percent pass rate on Illinois licensure tests, including the national edTPA portfolio evaluation. That success means you can enter the teaching profession or graduate school after graduation. As an educator, you can consider future graduate studies in curriculum and instruction or other fields.

Major Requirements

Required Mathematics BCC Course - 3 hrs.

  • MTH 111 Elementary Statistics - 3 hrs.

Professional Education Requirements - 40 hrs.

  • ETE 100 Technology Applications - 1 hr.
  • ETE 115 The History of Education in the United States - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 116 Field Experience: Schools and Schooling - 1 hr.
  • ETE 210 Human Development from Birth to Young Adulthood - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 211 Human Development from Birth to Young Adulthood and Effective Teaching Field Experience - 1 hrs.
  • ETE 270 Physical Development and Health – 1 hr.
  • ETE 280 Exploring Diversity: Learners, Families and Communities - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 301 Novice Teaching Experience in Music Classrooms K-8 – 1 hr.
  • ETE 302 Novice Teaching Experience in High School Music – 1 hr.
  • ETE 310 Teacher Performance Assessment- 1 hr.
  • ETE 345 Guiding Learners: Creating Safe Learning Environments - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 351 Music Methods Grades K-8 for Music Majors - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 352 High School Music Methods for Music Majors - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 365 Teaching Reading Within the Content Areas - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 493 Student Teaching in K–12 Music Education - 12 hrs.

Instrumental Concentration - 30 hrs.

  • Applied Music (min. 7 semesters) - 14 hrs.
  • MUS 115 Voice Class - 1 hr.
  • MED 155 Brass Techniques - 2 hrs.
  • MED 251 String Techniques - 2 hrs.
  • MED 252 Advanced String Techniques - 1 hr.
  • MED 257 Percussion Techniques - 2 hrs.
  • MED 322 Conducting II - 2 hrs.
  • MED 354 Woodwind Techniques - 2 hrs.
  • MED 355 Advanced Woodwind Techniques - 1 hr.
  • MUS 323 Marching Band Techniques - 1 hr.
  • MUS 401 Orchestration - 2 hrs.

Piano Concentration - 37 hrs.

  • APL 189/389 Applied Music Piano (min. 7 semesters) - 14 hrs.
  • MED 155 Brass Techniques - 2 hrs.
  • MED 251 String Techniques - 2 hrs.
  • MED 257 Percussion Techniques - 2 hrs.
  • MED 322 Conducting II - 2 hrs.
  • MUS 327 Accompanying (4 semesters) - 4 hrs.
    or MUS 328 Accompanying (4 semesters) - 4 hrs.
  • MUS 331 Piano Pedagogy - 2 hrs.
  • MUS 354 Woodwind Techniques - 2 hrs.
  • MUS 355 Advanced Woodwind Techniques - 1 hr.
  • MUS 433 Piano Literature - 2 hrs.

Vocal Concentration - 32 hrs.

  • APL 197/397 Applied Music Voice (min. 7 semesters) - 14 hrs.
  • MUS 125 Foreign Language Diction - 2 hrs.
  • MED 155 Brass Techniques - 2 hrs.
  • MED 251 String Techniques - 2 hrs.
  • MED 257 Percussion Techniques - 2 hrs.
  • MED 322 Conducting II - 2 hrs.
  • MED 354 Woodwind Techniques - 2 hrs.
  • MED 355 Advanced Woodwind Techniques - 1 hr.
  • MUS 375 Opera Workshop - 1 hr.
  • MUS 470 Vocal Pedagogy - 2 hrs.
  • MUS 480 Vocal Literature - 2 hrs.