Bachelors in Music – Music Education


The Bachelor of Science in Music with a concentration in Music Education is designed for students wanting to teach music in charter, private, or public schools. You will receive a strong music foundation and develop skills in general, choral, and instrumental methods. As an educator, you have the ability 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 degrees, this requires an additional year of coursework and student teaching).

Why Music Education at ACU?

In addition to a faculty to a rigorous and biblically-integrated curriculum, ACU’s Music Education program offers several unique advantages:

  • ACU’s music program emphasizes a strong foundation in theory, sight-singing, private voice and instrumental instruction
  • Highly accomplished and esteemed faculty
  • 8:1 Student to Music Faculty Ratio
  • Music students become a close-knit community of creative and supportive musicians
  • ACU provides practical experience playing and performing in small and large ensembles each semester of study
  • Private lesson instruction with collaborative emphasis for accompaniment instruments
  • Focus on functional and forward-looking course content to equip graduates for real jobs in fast-changing culture

What will I study?

The Music Education program provides a biblical liberal arts foundation with an innovative approach to general studies that reclaims a Christian conception of the Liberal Arts, preparing students to be influential thinkers. Career-related focus areas will include:

  • Choral and Instrumental Education Methods
  • General Music Education Methods
  • Music History and Literature
  • Instrumental Conducting
  • Form and Analysis
  • Music Theory (co-requisites: Sight Singing/Dictation, Class Piano)
  • Private Lessons
  • Performance Ensembles: Chorale, Praise Bands, Jazz Band, 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 2000
1 W. Firestorm Way
Glendale, AZ 85306

(602) 489-5300

[email protected]

Academic Major Courses

Core requirements accumulate to 30 credits, 15 credits of General Biblical and Theological Studies courses and 8 credits of foreign language courses. 3 credits of Upper Division Biblical and Theological Studies electives are required. Other major required courses are Applied Lessons (8 credits), Music – Chorale (4 credits) and Music – Conducting (3 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


At Arizona Christian, we structure our programs to effectively prepare students to transform culture in their workplace. Our checksheets are annual guides that support students along the path toward graduation.



Our professors are experts in their respective fields and passionate about the subjects they teach; they challenge, and stretch their students to reach their goals. Students are encouraged to think critically and analyze what they learn in the classroom thoroughly. These are some of the professors you will work closely with:

Gerald Fercho

Music Department Chair

[email protected]

Dr. Kira Rugen

Director of Choral Studies

[email protected]

Martha Irvine

Vocal Instructor

[email protected]

Meghan Ruel

Strings Director

[email protected]

Libbie Kent

Associate Professor

[email protected]

Juliana Witt

Piano Instructor

[email protected]

Hunter Womble

Vocal Instructor

[email protected]

Related Programs

B.S. in Music

Department of Music

B.S. in Music – Modern Worship

Department of Music 

B.S. in Music – Music Ministry

Department of Music