May 23, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024

Music Education, BM

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Note: This undergraduate degree does not lead to licensure. You must continue into the Master of Arts in Teaching program where you will earn licensure to teach in the NC Public School System.

The Music Education major gives students the disciplinary knowledge and skills they need to continue to the Master of Arts in Teaching program. The Music Education major earns a B.M degree.

Entrance Auditions

An entrance audition is required for acceptance into the program in order to pursue a major or minor. Several of the music ensembles also require auditions.


Music majors may elect to pursue honors work with the approval of the music faculty. To graduate ”With Honors in Music,” students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, a minimum major GPA of 3.2, and a GPA of 3.5 in the honors courses. In addition, they must complete eight credits in honors work in the major area including MUS 499  and five credits of music honors courses.

General Education Requirements (37 hours)

Graduation Requirements (4 hours)

General Education Requirements  

Technical Requirements (3 Hours)

Major Requirements (65-67 Hours)

Music Foundations (BM) (52-54 Hours)

Vocal Techniques and Diction - Chose One Option

Option 1: Instrumental/Keyboard Majors

Applied Music (20 Hours)

  • Primary Applied Instrument or Voice Hours: 4 (Lower Division; 1 credit per semester; 4 Semesters)
  • Primary Applied Instrument or Voice Hours: 8 (Upper Division; 2 credit per semester; 4 Semesters)
  • Primary Major Ensemble/A Cappella Choir/Wind Symphony Hours: 8 (8 semesters - 1 credit per semester)
  • Hours: 0 (7 semesters, or number of semesters in residency minus one for transfer students)

Comprehensive Exam (ETS Field Test in Music) 0 Hours

Music Education (13 Hours)

Recital (1 Hours)

Ensembles (2 Semesters of Same Ensemble)

  • MUS 151X Marching Band
  • MUS Secondary Choral Ensemble

Professional Education (2 Hours)

General Elective Credits

(If Needed)

Total Credit Hours (Minimum) 128

On occasion, technical and/or program requirements may also meet specific core curriculum requirements. Please confer with your program advisor to determine which courses, if any, may be counted accordingly.

All Bachelors programs at Lenoir-Rhyne require at least 128 credit hours. If, in combination, core, technical, and program requirements do not generate at least 128 hours, additional credits must be completed to achieve 128 hours. These classes may be general electives, or a student may complete a minor or additional major.

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