The Bachelor of Music, Music Education Concentration is a professional degree program that prepares students for teaching choral, instrumental, and general music in elementary and secondary schools. This degree prepares students to apply for music teaching licensure (grades K-12) in the state of Colorado. CSU’s outstanding music education faculty members are in demand as clinicians, guest lecturers, conductors, and researchers. A feature unique to the accredited music education curriculum is extensive field experience that students receive throughout their coursework, culminating in a semester of student teaching at the end of the program. Students must select one of two options: instrumental or choral. Upon completion of this degree, students are poised to:

  • be both highly qualified practitioners and leaders in K-12 education at the elementary and secondary levels;
  • apply learned skills in professional K-12 music teaching settings, including age-appropriate instructional delivery, ensemble leadership, curricular and pedagogical process, learning theory, and the impacts of assessment on student learning; 
  • create music curriculum assessment tools designed to measure both simple and complex learning in both classroom and studio/applied settings;
  • engage in informed critical discussion regarding current standards-based frameworks in music and in contemporary K-12 American education contexts;
  • define national trends in music education that impact K-12 educational settings;


Music Audition

In addition to applying to CSU through the Office of Admissions, a successful audition with CSU Music faculty is required for entrance into the B.M. in Music. Please visit Music Audition Information for more information.

Music Program Fee

A music program fee is assessed with undergraduate and graduate music majors and minors, per semester. The fee does not apply to the following students: online degree students, summers-only master's degree students, music therapy students in an internship off-campus, music education students who are student teaching off-campus, and music minors who are not actively enrolled in any lessons or ensembles. Please visit the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for special course fees.