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Music Education

Music Education Major

Do you love music? Do you enjoy working with kids and youth? SBU's music education degree will equip you to become a certified music teacher for all grade levels, K-12.

As a music education major at SBU, you can choose a vocal, instrumental or combination of both vocal and instrumental music education certification. 

Learn from faculty in both the department of music and the department of education, and gain valuable hands-on experiences through classroom field experiences that begin your sophomore year and culminate with a semester-long student teaching experience your senior year.

Start your journey to become a music teacher by applying to SBU today.

The Music Education degree is offered through SBU's Geneva Casebolt College of Music, Arts and Letters

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The SBU Advantage

  • SBU's Department of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.
  • Nearly 100% of music education graduates find positions within their field upon graduation or continue their education at graduate school.
  • Many of SBU's performance ensembles tour regionally, nationally and even internationally.

Faith Integration

Faculty in SBU's department of music are all professing Christians while also highly acclaimed musicians in their own rights. Courses are intentionally taught through a Christian perspective and the personal faith of the faculty is naturally integrated in how they teach and interact with students.

As a music education major, you will be challenged to consider your classroom as your mission field and intentionally integrate your Christian faith in how you teach, even in a public school environment.

Music Education Careers

Nearly all of SBU's music education graduates pursue teaching positions across the country in both public and private schools. Faculty will work with you to find job opportunities and use their connections to help you network. Your classroom field experiences and student teaching semester also will provide valuable job networking opportunities.

As a music education major, you are encouraged to join SBU's chapter of Student Missouri State Teachers Association (SMSTA) to benefit from professional development and networking opportunities as you prepare for your future teaching career.

I was very prepared academically for my career. Many of the projects I did in school I have been able to use as lessons in my teaching. Skills I developed at SBU — classroom management, lesson planning and actualizing my teaching philosophy — are what influence my teaching on a daily basis.

Deborah Breon '15, Middle school and high school choir teacher for Monett R-1 Schools (Mo.)
Deborah Breon, Music Education Alum

Clubs and Organizations


Join SBU's Zeta Zeta chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda, a national music honor society. It is the only music organization recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies. Each year, a select few of the top junior and senior music majors are voted upon by music faculty to join this distinguished national organization.


Student presidents of Chorale, Concert Choir, Wind Symphony, University Band, Chamber Orchestra, Church Music Conference, and National Association for Music Education, along with a representative of keyboard students and one at-large member comprise the Student Advisory Council. This group serves the department of music by assisting in planning social events, identifying problem areas, and setting goals for the future. By serving on this council, you will help represent other music students to faculty and administration, and grow in leadership opportunities.


SBU has more than 15 music performance ensembles

More than 15 music performance ensembles provide you many opportunities for developing your music performance skills. Ensemble options include various vocal ensembles, bands, orchestra and more.

Audition for one or more of these groups as you put your learning into action!



Join SBU's student chapter of the national Baptist Church Music conference. Membership is open to all students with an interest in worship leadership regardless of major. By joining this organization you will have the opportunity to attend the annual conference each spring and benefit from fellowship and informational meetings each semester.


SBU's collegiate chapter of NafME introduces music education students to the world of professional music educators. In addition to regular on-campus meetings, you also will have the opportunity to attend the Missouri Music Educators Association in-service conference each January.

faculty associates

Marc Baker, Percussion

Crystal Grosvenor, Clarinet

Andy Johnston, Chamber Orchestra

Mark Stauffer, Cello

Timothy Burgher, Church Music

Carol Harrison, Violina, Viola

Allen Lewis, Higher Ground

John Trew, Guitar

Michelle Draper, Flute

Eric Jackson, French Horn

Melissa Roberts, Piano, Theory

Tim Wootton, Trumpet


The majority of SBU music students are selected to receive financial assistance through a music performance scholarship in one or more areas (keyboard, vocal and instrumental). Awards are renewable annually. Requirements for receiving scholarships are listed with each scholarship:

Choral and Instrumental Scholarships — Participate in an assigned role in SBU ensembles
Keyboard Scholarships — Perform assigned accompanying duties for soloists and/or ensembles in the department

All scholarship recipients must maintain a 2.5 minimum grade point average in all college course work.




music education Program Four-Year Plans

Sample four-year plans vary according to your chosen primary applied area of study: Voice, Instrumental, Vocal (Concentration) / Instrumental or Instrumental (Concentration) / Vocal. Course order may vary depending on which semester you enter and when certain courses are offered. See advisor for details. The plans are available for download here: