Skip to Main Content

Music Education: K-12 Instrumental (BM) *

Music Bachelors BM

Variable Credit Min


Variable Credit Max


Major Academic Plan


Effective Pedagogy, Philosophy, and Practice

Learning Outcome

Students will function as competent educators with a secure grasp of effective pedagogical practice grounded in sound teaching philosophy and carefully considered curricular and instructional priorities.


Effective Communication

Learning Outcome

Students will demonstrate effective interpersonal and communication skills, especially the ability to connect with students.


Music Teaching Strategies and Materials

Learning Outcome

Students will demonstrate a knowledge of a broad array of skills, strategies, methodologies, and materials related to music teaching.

Program Requirements

Licensure: This program meets the educational requirements designed to lead to an occupationally required professional license or certificate in the state of Utah. Students pursuing occupations requiring a license or certificate in a state other than Utah should contact the appropriate BYU academic advisement center as well as the licensing agency in the state where they intend to work to seek information and guidance regarding licensure and certification requirements.

This major is designed to prepare students to teach in public schools. In order to graduate with this major, students are required to complete Utah State Office of Education licensing requirements. To view these requirements go to or contact the Education Advisement Center, 350 MCKB, 801-422-3426.

For students accepted into the major after December 16, 2019, grades below C in any required coursework in a teaching major or teaching minor will not be accepted. Teacher candidates must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher once admitted into the program and to qualify for student teaching. For additional details on admission and retention requirements for teaching majors and teaching minors, see Educator Preparation Program Requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Requirement 1 — Complete 1 Course

Proficiency requirements: Present a juried recital (Music 349) in the last semester of private instruction. Students must prepare a minimum of 25 minutes of music to be performed in a formal public recital. Students will schedule a joint recital with one other music major, or they may present a full recital if encouraged to do so by their major instructor.

course - Junior Recital 0.0

Requirement 2 — Complete 14 Courses

Lower-division music core courses:

course - Aural Skills 1 1.0

course - Aural Skills 2 1.0

course - Music Theory 1 3.0

course - Music Theory 2 3.0

course - Sight Singing 1 0.5

course - Sight Singing 2 0.5

course - Functional Piano Skills 1 2.0

course - Instrumental Conducting Techn 2.0

course - Aural Skills 3 1.0

course - Aural Skills 4 1.0

course - Music Theory 3 3.0

course - Music Theory 4 3.0

course - Sight Singing 3 0.5

course - Sight Singing 4 0.5

Requirement 3 — Complete 8 hours

course - Performance Instruction - You may take up to 8.0 credit hours 0.5v

Requirement 4 — Complete 4 hours

course - Performance Instruction - You may take up to 4.0 credit hours 0.5v

Requirement 5 — Obtain confirmation from your advisement center that you have completed the following:

Music education majors must enroll in at least 1 hour of approved large ensemble each semester for seven semesters. Those who play woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments must enroll in one semester of marching band, which may be counted toward the 7-hour large ensemble requirement if it is completed after the student has been officially accepted as a degree candidate in instrumental music education (after freshman year).

Requirement 6 — Complete 4 Courses

Upper-division music core courses:

course - Survey of Music Literature 1 2.0

course - Survey of Music Literature 2 2.0

course - Survey of Music Literature 3 2.0

course - Form and Analysis 3.0

Requirement 7 — Complete 1 of 2 Courses

course - World Music 2.0

course - History of Jazz 2.0

Requirement 8 — Complete 10 Courses

course - Careers in Mus Ed 1.0

course - Found of Teach Children Music 2.0

course - Foundations of Music Teaching 2.0

course - Tech for Music Ed Woodwinds 1.0

course - Tech for Music Ed Dbl Reeds 1.0

course - Techniques for Music Ed Brass 1.0

course - String Workshop 1.0

course - String Workshop 1.0

course - Found of Teaching Instruments 2.0

course - Art of Teaching Instrumental 3.0

Requirement 9 — Complete 1 of 2 Options

Option 9.1 — Complete 1 Course


course - Tech for Choral Mus Ed Perc 1.0

Option 9.2 — Complete 2 Courses


course - Percussion Techniques 0.5

course - Percussion Techniques 0.5

Requirement 10 — Complete 2 Requirements

Professional Education Component:

Licensure requirements: Contact the Education Advisement Center, 350 MCKB, 801-422-3426, to schedule the final interview to clear your application for the secondary teaching license. You should be registered for your last semester at BYU prior to the scheduled appointment.

Requirement 10.1 — Complete 4 Courses

Note: FBI fingerprint and background clearance must be completed prior to enrollment in Music 276.

course - Intro to Music Education 3.0

course - Pre-Student Teaching 2.0

course - Adolescent Development 2.0

course - Multi Cult Ed for Sc Ed 3.0

Requirement 10.2 — Complete 12 hours

Note: All professional education courses (above) and Music 260R and 363 credits must be completed before student teaching (Music 476).

course - Secondary Student Teaching - You may take up to 12.0 credit hours 12.0

Student teachers/interns must complete three forms in their LiveText accounts (PIBS, CDS, FED) and attach their TWS to the LiveText account for their program. All four must be completed to be cleared for graduation.