Department of Music at Missouri State University - Find Your Forte

Music Education Undergraduate Program

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Why study music education at Missouri State?

MSU is the University for aspiring music teachers in Missouri and across the region. Missouri State alumni comprise an impressive list of some of the most accomplished band, choir and orchestra directors in the state. Not only do 1 of every 5 new Missouri music teachers graduate from Missouri State each year, but with a nearly 100% job placement rate our graduates teach music, lead choir programs and direct bands all over the U.S.

You can choose to pursue a vocal or an instrumental track for your degree, as well as add an endorsement in a field outside of your focus.

With an impressive, experienced faculty of active musicians and bustling facilities, along with an established tradition of excellence, Missouri State offers music educators all the resources they need to teach vocal or instrumental music in grades K-12. Because of the varying demands and opportunities in teaching, students gain experience working with elementary, instrumental and vocal teachers early and often as part of their degree requirements. Our course of study includes music theory and aural skills, music history, conducting, liberal arts offerings, education and music education classes.

All Bachelor of Music Education majors will concentrate in at least one major field of performance and perform a senior recital, so you can continue to hone your individual musicianship while training to be a teacher. Students study with applied faculty on their major instrument and have the opportunity to perform in studio, departmental and solo recitals and with a wide variety of ensembles.

As a music education major you will have…

  • One-on-one attention from outstanding and experienced educators, who are leaders in their field
  • Extensive in-classroom and student teaching experience
  • Excellent career preparation
  • The option to pursue graduate study

Schedule your audition in early spring for fall admission > Audition Request Form

Dr. Daniel S. Hellman

Dr. Daniel S. Hellman

Associate Professor
Music Education Coordinator

Music Education, Music Education Coordinator; Teaching: MUS 411, MUS 488, MUS 494, MUS 496, MUS 499, MUS 720, MUS 790, MUS 799

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Dr. Andrew H. Homburg

Music Education, Orff Certification Coordinator; Teaching: MUS 148, MUS 200, MUS 305, MUS 494-496, MUS 510, MUS 609

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