Music Education - B.Mus.

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Degree & Major: Music Education - B.Mus.
College Name: Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
Department Name: Music
Martha Thomas
Associate Director for Academic Programs
(706) 542-3737

Clinton Taylor
Chair: Music Education
(706) 542-2776

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Degree Requirements

College-wide Requirements

University-wide Requirements

Description: The program of study leading to the degree Bachelor of Music with a major in Music Education is designed to prepare the student for a career in teaching. It provides a broad base of general studies, applied music, music theory, and music history and literature. Professional course work and an internship are offered in the third and fourth year of study. Students completing the program are recommended for certification to teach music in the public school systems of Georgia. Students may elect to specialize as follows: Choral Music Education with a concentration in voice, Choral Music Education with a concentration in piano, Instrumental Music Education with a concentration in piano, or Instrumental Music Education with a concentration in a band or orchestral instruments.

Career Opportunities: Students earning this degree are prepared to enter careers in such fields as public school teaching, private studio teaching, church music, educational publishing, consulting, or music performance. Students holding this degree are prepared to pursue graduate work in any area of music or education, and in fields that do not require a specific undergraduate degree.
of Transfer Students:
Attention Transfer and Incoming Freshmen Music Students:
Admission to the Hodgson School of Music is gained by a successful vocal or instrumental audition. This requirement applies to first-year students as well as transfer students. Auditions are evaluated by faculty members in the appropriate area of applied music. Prospective students are expected to prepare representative works from the classical repertoire. Auditions are scheduled through the Hodgson School of Music. Forms and specific requirements may be found at

For diagnostic purposes, transfer students with college credit in music theory are required to take an examination in theory immediately prior to the semester of entrance. Those students will be notified of the testing date and time upon acceptance to the Hodgson School of Music. AP credit for Music Theory is not accepted for music majors.
Special Requirements: Students majoring in Music Education are expected to satisfy the following in order to be admitted into the program: (1) obtain a C or better in all Area VI and pre-professional course work, (2) a cumulative and overall GPA of 2.8, (3) a passing grade or exemption on the GACE Entry Assessment, and (4) the submission of a formal application. Additionally, a student must possess a 2.8 grade point average or higher to receive a student teaching assignment (EMUS 5460).

For successful completion of the degree, the following is required: (1) a grade of C or better in all major courses, (2) successful completion of a keyboard proficiency test, (3) participation each semester in a large ensemble appropriate to the major performance medium (e.g., string students participate in orchestra, voice students participate in a choral group, etc.), and (4) attendance each semester at the required number of recitals stipulated by the Hodgson School of Music.
Additional Fees: Music majors are required to pay fees for logistical services associated with required concert attendance, recitals, recording sessions, musical accompaniment, and optional locker rental. Music Education students can also expect to cover the background check fee for field experiences and FolioTek Software.
Scholarships: Financial aid is available through scholarships sponsored by both the Hodgson School of Music and the University Bands. Scholarships are awarded based on audition and are renewed each year for a period of four years, providing the student meets the requirements of the Scholarship Contract.
Student Organizations: There are many organizations and clubs open to students within the Hodgson School of Music, including Sigma Alpha Iota, Phi Mu Alpha, Kappa Kappa Psi, Pi Kappa Lambda (Beta Tau Chapter), Music Therapy Club, Collegiate National Association for Music Education, American String Teachers Association, Musicology/Ethnomusicology Student Association, Music Teacher National Association, Music Therapy Student Association, UGA Student Composers Association, and UGA American Choral Directors Association. Some of these organizations offer scholarships by audition each year.
Available Graduate Programs: The Bachelor of Music with a major in Education is designed to prepare the student to begin professional work or to pursue graduate study at the University of Georgia or other prestigious institutions. The Hugh Hodgson School of Music offers six graduate degrees ranging from a Master of Arts in Musicology to a Doctor of Philosophy in Music with elective areas of research. More information about these graduate degrees and certification programs at the Hodgson School of Music is available at