Music Major, B.M.E.
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 that promote successful careers as music educators. This highly experiential degree program places students in actual music classrooms as early as the freshman year.
The Music Department at Samford University played an integral role in my decision to attend this University. As a high school senior, I knew I was called by God to be a music teacher, but the path was filled with insecurities and obstacles. The music faculty has continuously encouraged me to achieve at a high standard. I am currently the SGA Vice President for Development and work with a local high school ACT Tutoring program. Studying Music Education at Samford has allowed me to safely explore who I am as a musician, scholar and Christian young adult while challenging me to grow in each of these areas. Juliette Stanley ‘17 - Music Education Major
Objectives & Goals
Structured through The Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium Standards (InTASC) developed by the Council of Chief State School Officers (ccsso.org), this degree plan prepares students for successful entry into the music education profession. The ten InTASC standards guide students to gain practical skills and understanding through exploration of content knowledge, instructional practice, learner development and differences, and professional responsibility*. 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.
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.
Our graduates go on to successful teaching careers in elementary, junior, and senior high choral and instrumental music education programs throughout the country. Some graduates have successfully completed advanced degree programs such as Master of Music Performance (University of Alabama) and Doctorate of Musical Arts in conducting (University of Southern Mississippi).
In the final year of the music education degree student teachers are placed in classrooms under the tutelage of expert master teachers in successful school districts in the region. Dual placements allow students to spend 7-weeks in a primary environment and 7-weeks in a secondary setting.
Accolades & Alumni
Our graduates choose to step into music classrooms at all levels, and often pursue advanced degrees in music performance, education, or arts administration.