Bachelor of Music Education

Interested in becoming a music teacher?

The School of Music offers the Music Education degree. Completion of the degree and passing PRAXIS certification exams leads to Kentucky certification in grades P-12. Music Education students may pursue a curriculum with vocal or instrumental emphasis.

While students are tracked in four areas of emphasis within the program (strings, vocal, keyboard, winds/percussion), all students have comprehensive core music and pedagogical training in teaching children of all types and instructional settings. The program aspires to have students develop strong musicianship and leadership.

Admission to the professional phase of the program is competitive. Teacher education candidates should read the "How to Apply" section for more information about admission to the professional phase of the program.

Accreditation: CEHD teacher education programs are fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and approved by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board.

For information on program accreditation click here.

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Details about curriculum requirements may be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Every University of Louisville School of Music student must complete the following degree requirements:

  • 2-4 semesters of Piano (individual to major)
  • 4 semesters of Theory
  • 4 semesters of Music Literature
  • Private Lessons
  • Principal Ensemble Performance
  • Recital Attendance (15 per semester for 6 semesters)
  • General Education Requirements (hours vary)

Who may apply to the Professional Phase of the Program?

Undergraduate teacher education candidates who meet the following criteria may be eligible to apply to the professional phase of the teacher education program. Admission is competitive. Candidates who meet minimum academic requirements are not guaranteed admission.

  1. Minimum scores on the PRAXIS exam
    Official test scores should be submitted to the Undergraduate Admissions Office prior to the application deadline.
  2. Minimum 2.75 cumulate grade point average (based on all college courses completed).
  3. Grade of "C+" or higher in MUS 116
  4. Minimum "C" or better in ENGL 102 and Oral Communication course (such as COMM 115)
  5. Minimum 45 degree applicable, credit hours completed. (These may be in progress at the time of application.)
  6. Positive dispositions for teaching as determined through Education course assessments and field evaluations.
  7. Positive classroom and extracurricular experiences which demonstrate creativity, collaboration, communication skills, critical thinking ability, and a disposition of respect for the uniqueness and dignity of all individuals.
  8. Professional Writing Requirements, three letters of recommendation and interview are required and evaluated as part of the overall disposition assessment.

Teacher education candidates should review the following which outline the expectations of the teaching profession:

  1. Professional Code of Ethics for Kentucky School Personnel [PDF]
  2. CEHD Acceptable Use of Technology Agreement [PDF]
  3. Character and Fitness Questionnaire [PDF]
  4. Professional Dispositions Rubric [PDF]
  5. Diversity Rubric [PDF]
  6. Effective Written Communication Rubric [PDF]

How to apply to the Professional Phase of the Program

Online Application

Please submit the online application at least two to three weeks prior to the application deadline. Recommendation letter requests are automatically sent to the recommenders upon submission of the application. (You may check your application account to send reminders and check the status of your recommendation requests.) Adequate time should be given to recommenders to respond to the request!

Official test scores and transcripts (from other institutions) should be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admission prior to the application deadline!

Questions about the on-line application should be directed to teacher @ louisville.edu.

Application Deadline: February 1st by 5:00 p.m.

Please note: If the application deadline falls on a weekend, applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on the Monday immediately following the deadline.

Applicants will be notified via e-mail regarding the admission decision no later than six weeks after the application deadline. Applicants who are selected for admission will receive information about a mandatory orientation session for the program.

Contact Us

Robert Amchin
School of Music
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
Office: 502-852-0536

Career Pathways Certification

Graduates will earn Kentucky teacher certification in Music Education (Vocal or Instrument), grades P-12.

In addition to the financial aid opportunities offered by the University of Louisville's Financial Aid office, the College of Education & Human Development also has information about financial aid.

Other financial aid opportunities available include student employment opportunities.

Minority Teacher Scholarship Program

Since 1985, the Minority Teacher Recruitment Project (MTRP) has been addressing the shortage of minority teachers in our nation's classrooms. The program is a partnership among the University of Louisville's College of Education and Human Development, the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS), and the schools of the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative (OVEC).

Scholarships of up to $5,000 annually are available to qualifying full- or part-time students of color pursuing initial teacher certification at UofL. Visit the MTRP webpage to view more information about the scholarship program.