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
Brandon Craswell
Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies

Roy Legette
Chair: Music Education
(706) 542-2756

Heather Gozdan-Bynum
Academic Advisor
(706) 542-9783

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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 PK-12 music in the public school systems of Georgia. Students may elect to specialize in choral, instrumental, or elementary/general music education.

Career Opportunities: Students earning this degree are prepared to enter careers in fields such as public school teaching, private studio teaching, church music, or music performance. Students holding this degree are prepared to pursue graduate work in music education or 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. Consult a music advisor for details of this exam. Please note: 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) a pre-service certificate. 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 (excluding student teaching 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.), (4) attendance each semester at the required number of recitals stipulated by the Hodgson School of Music, (5) attendance each semester at the required number of music education seminars stipulated by the music education faculty, (6) successful completion field placement/practicums across the GaPSC grade bands, and (7) successful completion of all coursework prior to the semester of student teaching.

Student Teaching Internship: Student teaching placements are typically assigned the semester prior to student teaching. Assigned placements may be denied or canceled if the student does not complete all coursework or satisfy program requirements at the end of the semester prior to student teaching. Requirements include completion of all degree coursework with a minimum 2.8 overall GPA.

Music majors are required to pay fees for logistical services associated with required concert attendance, recitals, recording sessions, musical accompaniment, and optional locker rental. More information is available at the UGA Marketplace: REID=112&SINGLESTORE=true.
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 pestigious 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