Missouri State University

Admission Requirements

Becoming a music education major

To begin course work in the field of music education, you initially need to be admitted to Missouri State. Before completing 75 credit hours, you must also be admitted to a degree program.

Admission requirements

The music education program is offered in partnership with the College of Education. You must meet certain admission and certification requirements to continue in the program.

  1. Requirements for Eligibility to Enroll in Professional Education Courses: Before a student can enroll in the introductory methods courses (ELE 302, SEC 302, SPE 310, MUS 200, or KIN 200), the student must have:
    1. A valid ACT score on file if required by the University for admission purposes and/or Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and a combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA of 2.50 or higher. Note: A 2.75 or higher combined GPA is required for Elementary Education majors. 
    2. Completed EDC 150 or met equivalent competencies with a grade of “Pass" or better. Note: For Agriculture Education, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Music Education, and Physical Education majors, competency is covered in major requirements.
    3. Family Care Safety Registry report on file prior to any clinical experience placement (fee required). Contact College of Education Student Services Office, 200 Hill Hall. A small fee is charged for this report.

      Note: The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will require a FBI background check prior to issuing a certificate.
  1. Requirements for Admission to and Continuance in the Teacher Education Program: Students who plan to complete teacher certification requirements must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Application is automatically made when enrolling in SEC 302, ELE 302, SPE 310, MUS 200, or KIN 200. Admission to the Program is required before students are allowed to begin additional courses in the professional education component (with the exception of EDT 365 which may be taken concurrently with ELE 302, SPE 310, or SEC 302).

    The criteria used to determine admission or rejection to the Teacher Education Program are outlined below. In addition to having completed at least 45 semester hours (secondary and middle school majors) or 30 semester hours (early childhood, elementary, and special education majors) of university coursework, the student must have:

    1. A combined (both Missouri State and transfer) GPA of 2.75 or higher.  
    2. Earn a passing score on all five sub-tests of the Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA) examination and attained a minimum grade of “C” in COM 115. Refer to the MoGEA website for details. A student who fails to meet this criterion and who wishes to appeal may do so in writing. Such appeals shall be filed with the chairperson of the Professional Education Exceptions Committee.
    3. Completed SEC 302, ELE 302, SPE 310, MUS 200, or KIN 200 with a grade of “C” or higher.
    4. Passed portfolio first checkpoint (except for Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education majors)
    5. A Family Care Safety Registry report on file

Auditions

Students desiring to pursue a major or minor offered by the Department of Music must first audition for a committee of applied faculty in that student’s desired performance area. This audition should take place during the semester prior to or during the first week of enrollment in applied lessons. See Music Department web site for dates. All students will be required to demonstrate, through successful completion of a Music Theory Entrance Exam, a rudimentary ability to relate musical sound to notation and terminology before beginning the theory and ear-training sequence.

Admission to degree program

All majors must apply for formal admission to the degree program. This typically will occur at the end of the sophomore year, and must be completed before the student has finished 75 hours. In order to be admitted to the degree program, students must pass MUS 298, the piano proficiency exam, and have a combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA of at least 2.75 and a GPA of at least 3.00 in Music courses. Students who have not been formally admitted to the degree program will be unable to enroll in 300-level and above applied study. Students must also have a passing score on the Music Theory Entrance Exam before enrolling in MUS 103.

Music-Instrumental (Comprehensive)

Bachelor of Music Education

(Certifiable grades K-12)

Admission requirements

To be admitted as a pre-major, students must audition for a committee of applied faculty in that student’s major performance area. Students must also have a passing score on the Music Theory Entrance Exam before enrolling in MUS 103. To be fully admitted to the degree program, students must complete the requirements for MUS 104, MUS 298, and the piano proficiency exam.

Music-Vocal/Choral (Comprehensive)

Bachelor of Music Education

(Certifiable grades K-12)

Admission Requirements

To be admitted as a pre-major, students must audition for a committee of applied faculty in that student’s major performance area. Students must also have a passing score on the Music Theory Entrance Exam before enrolling in MUS 103. To be fully admitted to the degree program, students must complete the requirements for MUS 104, MUS 298, and the piano proficiency exam.

The admission process

To gain full admittance into the music education program, follow the steps below:

  1. Declare or change your major to music education by visiting the Academic Advisement Center, University Hall 109
  2. Meet with your assigned advisor to discuss admission requirements and to develop a plan of study
  3. Complete the admission requirements listed above, including the C-BASE exam
  4. Enroll in SEC 302 to automatically apply for your program

When you declare your major, you will be listed as a pre-major until you satisfy all admission requirements.

Application review

Note: A student’s application for admission to the Program is considered by the Professional Education Committee when the requirements listed above are complete. A student’s qualifications for continuance in the Teacher Education Program is subject to review and change by the Professional Education Committee at any time while the student is enrolled. Students should check with their advisor or department head for any additional program specific requirements.

Additional audition information

Audition dates are announced in the fall of each academic year. At that time you will have an opportunity to do all of the following: audition with the faculty of your interest area(s), audition with the ensemble director(s) of your interest area(s), take a theory placement exam, take a campus tour arranged with the admissions office, and observe a concert chorale rehearsal, if you are a vocalist.

The audition with the area faculty is for acceptance as a music major, placement into an applied studio, and consideration for any area scholarships that might be available. The audition with the ensemble director(s) is for acceptance into one or more ensembles and consideration for talent awards and/or band grants. To request more information, contact Kathy Daniels, at 417-836-5649 or KathyDaniels@missouristate.edu.

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