Bachelor of Music in Music Education

Bachelor of Music in Music Education (choral or instrumental emphasis)

The Bachelor of Music in Music Education at CBU prepares students with the fundamental musical skills, technical competencies, pedagogical understanding, stylistic range, and artistic cultivation to successfully pursue a career in music education at the primary or secondary levels.

Highlights of the program include strong theoretical and musicianship training, thorough studies in music history, music literature, and stylistic performance practice, and rigorous performance instruction in a principal instrument or voice, including private study with CBU faculty and consistent engagement with professional performers through residencies and masterclasses. A strong focus will also be given on the art of pedagogy, effective communication, student engagement, and preparation/management of the classroom space in the context of both lecture and ensemble environments. Each student will study the application of these principles for both primary education (K-8th) and secondary education (9th-12th) and for both Christian and secular contexts, choosing either an instrumental or choral/vocal concentration to develop further competence in methodology and literature in either the choral/vocal or band/orchestra genres.

Students in the program will also be required to actively perform throughout their tenure in a diverse cross-section of styles and settings. These performances will include numerous individual solo performances, a capstone recital presentation, and collaborative performances in a broad range of styles including classical orchestral and traditional choral music, wind ensemble/band repertoire, instrumental and vocal jazz, early to contemporary chamber music, theatrical repertory, and modern church music. Each student graduating with the BM in Music Education from CBU will, within the context of the degree requirements, have completed the California single-subject music education credential.