Bachelor of Music Education

Kent State has prepared the next generation of music teachers for several decades

Offering the Bachelor of Music in Music Education—one of the largest and most forward-thinking programs in Ohio.

Preparation to Teach in the Classroom

  • Applied vocal and instrumental lessons with a dedicated artist-teacher.
  • Concentrations in band, orchestra, and choral/general music with opportunities to learn across disciplines. 
  • Courses in music emphasize:
    • Professional aspects of music education
    • Methods and techniques of teaching
    • Technological components of pedagogy
    • The comprehensive skills needed for success in contemporary classrooms

Ohio Professional Licensure

This program is designed to prepare students to sit for applicable licensure or certification in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure or certification and contact information for state licensing boards at Kent State's website for professional licensure disclosure.


  • Significant field experiences in school music settings
  • Courses in pedagogy, psychology, curriculum and reading, as well as general education study
  • Four-year, 132 credit degree includes a student teaching semester and seminar

Admission Requirements

  • Successful completion of an instrumental or vocal audition.
  • Completion of a music theory and piano placement exam (scheduled when you audition)
  • Brief interview with a member of the Music Education faculty scheduled with your audition. It will likely include:
    • Questions about your musical involvement in school and the community. 
    • Questions about your reasons and influences You may be asked about your reasons and influences for pursuing the Music Education degree. 
    • A chance to ask questions about Kent State’s Music Education program.
Audition Scholarships & Financial Aid Apply

Questions or Want More Information?

Jay Dorfman
Coordinator of Music Education | 330-672-3871
Music Admissions