Bachelors in Music – Music Education


The Bachelor of Science in Music with concentration in Music Education is designed for students wanting to teach music in a Charter or Private school. You will receive a strong musical foundation and develop skills in General, Choral, and Instrumental methods. As an educator, you have the ability to nurture, cultivate, and facilitate the creative and musical growth of each student under your direction.

NOTE: To teach in a public school you will need to include Education as a double major or enter a post baccalaureate program. Similar to most Music Education programs, an additional 5th year of coursework is required. This includes a semester of student teaching.

Why Music Education at ACU?

With highly qualified Christian Faculty teaching biblically-integrated curriculum, ACU’s Music program offers several unique advantages:

  • ACU music programs emphasize a strong foundation in music theory, sight-singing, private voice and instrumental instruction
  • Highly skilled and experienced faculty
  • 8:1 Student to Music Faculty Ratio
  • ACU Music students are a close-knit community of creative and supportive musicians
  • ACU provides practical experience playing and performing in small and large ensembles each semester
  • Private lesson instruction with collaborative emphasis for accompaniment instruments
  • Practical course content combined with trending industry practices
  • Preparing graduates for real jobs in continually changing culture

What will I study?

The Music Education program includes an innovative CORE General Studies program with integrated Biblical Studies minor. This unique program embraces a Biblical worldview of the Liberal Arts and prepares students to be influential thinkers. Career-related focus areas and courses will include:

  • Choral and Instrumental Education Methods
  • General Music Education Methods
  • Music History and Literature
  • Instrumental Conducting
  • Choral Conducting
  • Form and Analysis
  • Music Theory (co-requisites: Sight Singing/Dictation, Class Piano)
  • Private Lessons
  • Performance Ensembles: Chorale, Praise Bands, Jazz Band, String Ensemble, Pep Band, Musical Theatre, Drumline


Career Paths

With a degree in Music Education, graduates can pursue diverse careers including:

  • Music Instructor in Charter/Private School
  • Music Instructor in Public School (with earned credential)
  • Private Lesson Instructor
  • Choir Director
  • Creative Arts Director
  • Music Director
  • Orchestra Director
  • Music Ministry


Department of Music

Arizona Christian University
Building 2500
1 W. Firestorm Way
Glendale, AZ 85306

(602) 489-5300

[email protected]

Academic Major Courses

Core requirements: 30 credits
General Biblical and Theological Studies: 15 credits
Upper Division Bible and Theological Studies electives: 3 credits
Science w/lab: 8 credits
Music Core w/Applied Lessons: 45 credits
Music Concentration – Music Education: 19 credits
Free Electives: 6 credits

Total: 126 credits
CourseCourse NameCredits
MUP 101Class Piano I1
MUS 193Music Theory I3
MUS 194Sight Singing/Dictation I1
MUP 201Class Piano II1
MTE 220Computer Based Music Production3
MUS 293Music Theory II3
MUS 294Sight Singing/Dictation II1
MUP 301Class Piano III1
MUS 342Music History & Literature II3
MUP 360Junior Recital1
MUS 393Music Theory III3
MUS 394Sight Singing/Dictation III1
MUP 401Class Piano IV1
MUS 493Music Theory IV3
MUS 494Sight Singing/Dictation IV1
MUS 490Music Capstone3
ML_ 111Applied Lessons: _________________8
MEC 100Chorale4
Choose OneMED 315 Instrumental Conducting *
MED 316 Choral Conducting *
MTC 331 Choral Arranging & Conducting ◊
MUS 341Music History & Literature I3
MUP 371Musical Theatre: Performance1
MED 411Choral Music Education Methods3
MED 412Instrumental Music Education Methods3
MED 413General Music Education Methods3
MEC 100Chorale2
Choose OneMED 315 Instrumental Conducting * ~OR~ MED 316 Choral Conducting * ~OR~ MTC 331 Choral Arranging & Conducting ◊3
ME_ 100/ MUP 371Music Ensemble: MEA, MEC, MEF, MEJ, MEL, MEP, MER, MES, MEV, or MUP 3711


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