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B.M.E. in Music Education


What will I learn?

The Bachelor of Music Education is a comprehensive, professional degree program that prepares students for careers in teaching K-12 music in public and private schools. Students complete the core and may select one of two tracks: Choral/Vocal or Instrumental based on their applied background and their teaching interests. Applicants must be accepted through audition.

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Music Education with teacher certification should review that portion of the university catalog relating to teacher education. Upon approval to pursue the music teacher education program, students must schedule an appointment with the certification specialist in the College of Education and Human Services. Music students should follow the guidelines for certification listed under “Secondary Education.”

Candidates for certification must meet the Kentucky Department of Education certification requirements in both general and professional education. Students wishing to be certified in a state other than Kentucky are responsible for knowing and meeting the certification requirements of that state. Each student should work in close consultation with an advisor in order to meet all non-music requirements. All degree emphases in music education are exempt from the requirement to complete a minor or focus.

NKU's School of the Arts Music Program offers a full range of performance and education opportunities to music majors.

Since our primary focus is undergraduate instruction, students receive individual attention from these outstanding musicians, teachers and scholars. We believe that we offer our students the best professional training in a friendly, caring and personal musical environment.


  • Instrumental
  • Choral/Vocal


Our graduates pursue successful careers as professional performers, college and university faculty, public school music teachers, private studio instructors, and in allied fields within the music industry.

Our students have been accepted for graduate study at such renowned institutions as the Juilliard School, Indiana University–Bloomington, The San Francisco Conservatory of Music, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Iowa State University, the Eastman School of Music, and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
$20,464.00 (16,88,449) per year
Full-Time Rate Per Semester (minimum 9 credit hours required): USD $10,232

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected January 2024


College of Arts and Sciences

Steely Library, Suite 410,



41099, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed a high school or equivalent.

For international students

Applicants must have all years of secondary school (or high school)

English Language Requirements:

Admission Requirement Without Restrictions:

TOEFL (iBT): Composite score of at least 79, with a minimum of 14 in reading.

TOEFL (PBT): Composite score of at least 550, with a minimum of 48 in reading

IELTS: Composite score of at least 6.5, with a minimum of a 5.5 in Reading and 5 in Writing
Duolingo English Test: Minimum score: 105

Pearson PTE: Composite score of at least 55

Admission with Restrictions:

TOEFL (iBT): Composite score of at least 61

TOEFL (PBT): Composite score of at least 500

IELTS: Composite score of at least 5.5, with a minimum of 5 in Reading and Writing

Duolingo English Test: Minimum score: 90

Pearson PTE: Composite score of at least 44, with a minimum of 42 in Reading

Application deadline: Nov/01 for Jan intake; June/01 for Aug intake.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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