The Bachelor of Music Education is designed to prepare students to enter P-12 classrooms as well as unconventional educational environments with the highest level of musicianship, artistry, and pedagogical grounding. This highly experiential degree program places students in actual music classrooms as early as the freshman year.

Visit Samford and Learn More About our Program

Samford's Division of Music hosts Backstage Pass in the spring and fall. We invite students to come to campus, engage with our faculty, attend classes or an ensemble rehearsal and learn more about studying music at Samford.

Objectives & Goals

Our graduates blend musicianship, pedagogical understanding, and a passion for teaching to enter classrooms as independent professionals who make a personal commitment to the art of music, to teaching music as an element of civilization, and to encouraging the artistic and intellectual development of the students in their care.

Is This Program for Me?

  • Extroverts and introverts alike find success in this field.
  • High degrees of executive function and managerial skills are beneficial.
  • Flexible thinking and creative problem solving are valuable traits.
  • Interpersonal skills like collaboration and empathy are required.

What Makes Us Different?

Students in the music education community at Samford find a stimulating musical, intellectual, and spiritual atmosphere guided by faculty who know them personally and strive to nurture each student as a skilled and confident professional. The BME degree is amongst degree programs requiring the highest proportion of music coursework sanctioned by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) – our accrediting body. With a requirement of “at least 50%” of all coursework in music, students in this degree experience maximum musical engagement aligned with critical pedagogical foundations.

Career Preparation

Market Ready

Music education students complete 70 hours of course work in music – addressing musicianship and music-specific pedagogy as top priorities in their preparation. In addition, students take 12 credit hours in Education to address important foundational elements of education such as child and adolescent development and the needs of special and diverse learners. In today’s classrooms, all of these skills are critical to successful professional practice.

Career Opportunities

Our graduates go on to successful teaching careers in elementary, junior, and senior high choral and instrumental music education programs throughout the country.  The BME successfully prepares students to pursue advanced degree programs such including masters and doctoral programs in other fields of music outside of education.


In the final year of the music education degree student teachers are placed in classrooms for a culminating internship through the guidance of a co-operating teacher and Samford University supervisor.

Our Alumni 

Our graduates have taught successfully in the public and private school settings, as well as, received graduate degrees and pursued careers in higher education.

Curriculum & Concentrations

The Bachelor of Music Education in Music degree is available with these concentrations:

Instrumental Concentration

Keyboard Concentration

Vocal/Choral Concentration

Orff Levels Course - Summer 2022

Orff Levels I and II

June 20 – July 1, 2022
Instructors: Brent Holl, Rachel Aupperly and Erika Knapp

Samford plans to offer two levels of Orff training in the summer of 2022. Orff Schulwerk is a model for music and movement education by encouraging active and creative music making by all children, not just the musically talented. This approach to learning, developed by Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman, builds musicianship through singing, playing instruments, speech, and movement. Active music making is the core of this philosophy, supporting both the conceptual and affective development of children. Active learners develop more thorough and better long-term understanding of the material and ideas involved. Children who regularly improvise and create their own dances and musical settings are uniquely prepared to solve problems in many other contexts.

Orff-Schulwerk Level One Workshop

Cost: $675 (Level I early bird registration by March 1, 2022. $725 after early bird date)

Orff-Schulwerk Level Two Workshop

Cost: $725 (Level II early bird registration by March March 1, 2022.  $775 after early bird date)

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Beth McGinnis
Assistant Professor, Musicology, Class Piano, Coordinator of Community Music Initiatives
Division of Music
304 Buchanan Hall
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Morgan Soja
Assistant Professor and Director of Music Education
Division of Music
301b Buchanan Hall