Music Education

Bachelor of Music
College of Musical Arts

The College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University prepares music professionals for state and national leadership roles in teaching, research and creativity in all of the musical arts. We aspire to be recognized nationally as a premier music learning community.

Since 1947, the College of Musical Arts has been an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. In addition the Department of Music Education is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).

Admission/Scholarship Requirements

Incoming freshmen or transfer students who fall into one or more of the following categories are required to pass an entrance audition in their primary performance area prior to registration as a music major/minor:

  1. Students wishing to major in music through the bachelor of music or bachelor of musical arts degree in the College of Musical Arts or the bachelor of arts degree in the College of Arts and Sciences.
  2. Students who wish to minor in music who are enrolled in any college in the University.
  3. Students from any college at BGSU who wish to be considered for a Music Talent Award from the College of Musical Arts.
  4. Students from any college at BGSU who wish to enroll for private music lessons for credit. (Non-credit applied music lessons are available through the Creative Arts Program without an audition.)

Entrance auditions prior to enrollment are not required for students who do not meet the criteria listed above and only want to perform in a University ensemble.

Students auditioning to be majors or minors are required to take a diagnostic examination in general musicianship to determine placement in music theory courses. A study guide is available online at Notification of an audition decision may occur at any time after the music audition has been evaluated. Most applicants will be notified of their audition decision beginning the week of March 9.
There may be additional requirements to be fully accepted into your major within music.

Applicants with performance skills in other areas are encouraged to audition in those areas as well.

Information regarding auditions, personal interviews and tours of the Moore Musical Arts center may be obtained by contacting the coordinator of music admissions at 419-372-8577 or by visiting the college’s website at

Program Features

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the music education major meets the most recent requirements for obtaining a teaching license in the state of Ohio. Studies in music education include three specializations: choral, instrumental and classroom/general music. Each specialization includes courses in music core for musicianship, professional and education requirements, music performance and BG Perspective (general studies).

The music education department has established a record of cooperative efforts with area public and private schools. Faculty members have developed laboratory programs which are integrated with University methods courses. Students work with area school-age students under the direct guidance of the music education faculty at a variety of field sites. Students admitted to the music education major may have opportunities to teach in a Montessori school, in Music Plus, an on-campus music program for students from Toledo, and in local elementary and secondary public and private schools. Teaching practica are designed to provide experience in general music, choral, band, and orchestra instruction as a means to facilitate development of effective teaching skills.

Specialized music facilities are available to music education students. A Music Education Curriculum Laboratory is equipped with educational software, video equipment, classroom instruments and music texts to enhance training in pre-kindergarten through secondary school music instruction. There are also electronic piano laboratories, a music computer lab, an instrument repair room and classrooms for technology-assisted presentation.


Members of the music education faculty are experienced music educators, musicians, and researchers. They have earned state, national, and international recognition for contributions to the profession in publications, presentations and performances. As former school music teachers, the faculty aspires to encourage the development of confident, competent music teachers, who can accurately evaluate their own teaching and facilitate positive change in student performance.


The Moore Musical Arts Center provides outstanding instructional and performance facilities for faculty and students. One of the largest instructional buildings on campus, this complex includes a concert hall, recital hall, rehearsal halls, practice rooms, studios, special classrooms and laboratories.

Kobacker Hall, the 850-seat concert hall designed acoustically for symphony orchestra, band and chorus, is also versatile enough to accommodate chamber music as well as opera and musical theatre productions. Bryan Recital Hall, which seats 250, is ideal for the college’s busy schedule of solo and ensemble concerts.

Besides rehearsal rooms for small and medium-size chamber ensembles, the Moore Musical Arts Center includes two large rehearsal halls. The rapidly expanding use of electronic media in the teaching and performance of music is recognized through two state-of-the-art technology studios, an electronic-music classroom and a professional-quality recording studio. Other areas include a double-reed making room, an instrument repair shop, a specialized computer laboratory, a collegium center for the rehearsal and study of early music, and rooms designed for teaching instrument classes.

Students are offered a wide variety of performing experiences through the philharmonia (orchestra), wind symphony, concert bands, marching band, collegiate chorale, a cappella choir, women’s chorus, men’s chorus, university choral society, opera theater, vocal chamber lab, jazz lab bands, brass choir, trumpet ensemble, trombone choir, horn ensemble, sax ensemble, classical and jazz guitar ensembles, percussion ensemble, gamelan, Afro-Caribbean ensemble, opera theater, new music ensemble, early music ensemble and numerous other chamber ensembles and jazz combos.

A new instructional music computer lab features 20 Macintosh systems equipped with two keyboards: a computer keyboard and an electronic keyboard. The installed software package enables students to sing into the computer, the computer to sing back to the students and the two to work simultaneously on varied projects. All the computers are attached to a central laser printer capable of printing complete musical scores.

Across from the Moore Musical Arts Center are Batchelder Hall, the Music Residential Community, and Compton Hall which houses the Arts Village. Both are popular housing options for music majors.

Honors and Student Organizations

The national honorary music fraternity is Pi Kappa Lambda and Bowling Green State University is home of the Delta Omicron chapter. Students may also join a variety of professional and service clubs including: Phi Mu Alpha, Sigma Alpha Iota, Ohio Collegiate Music Education Association, American String Teachers Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, Music Teachers National Association, Praecepta and Student Advisory Committee.

Preparation for College

Completing the requirements for high school graduation is necessary for admission to BGSU, but only finishing the minimum coursework will leave you unprepared for college. Instruction in music theory and piano is highly recommended for all prospective music majors. Two, three or even four years of the same foreign language are appropriate as preparation for college. Development of computer skills and competence in word processing are beneficial for all college students.


Unique to this program is students’ development of an electronic portfolio of their teaching, which serves not only as a basis for analysis during their coursework at the university, but also as a video record of their experiences as teachers, documenting their skills in working effectively with children in music. During student teaching, music education majors learn to use technological tools for systematic analysis of their teaching, providing vivid illustrations of the relationships between teaching and learning in the context of music performance instruction.

Career Opportunities

BGSU has one of the largest music education programs in the country. Recent graduates of the music education program are employed as classroom music teachers, choral directors, orchestra directors, and band directors within Ohio, and in many states across the nation. Others have been accepted into graduate programs in performance, composition, music history, and music education.

Teacher Education Report Card

For detailed information on BGSU students’ pass rates on Praxis II, an exam required for licensure in the state of Ohio, visit the College of Education and Human Development’s website at BGSU’s teacher education programs are fully accredited at all levels by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

For Further Information

Internet Access

BGSU's website for future students contains University highlights, admissions procedures, financial aid information and many department profiles. It can be accessed at

The University

Bowling Green State University is a vibrant university that engages, challenges and prepares students for meaningful futures. At BGSU, students enjoy an education that integrates personal growth, academic excellence and an environment that expands their thinking and potential. A mid-size residential university, BGSU has an enrollment of approximately 20,000 and a full-time faculty of more than 900 on its main campus. More than 200 undergraduate majors and programs are offered as well as master's and doctoral level programs.

NOTE: Information in this guide is subject to change without notice. To learn more about the official program of study for Music Education, please check the undergraduate catalog online at: