Inspire the Next Generation of Musicians with a Music Education Degree
Are you a musician who is excited about sharing your talent and passion for music with young people? If that sounds like you, Liberty University’s Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music, with a specialization in music education, may be the degree for you!
This degree program provides an avenue for you to both perfect your talents as a musician and gain the necessary knowledge and experience you need to teach others. Our program provides you with teaching licensure, which allows you to start teaching immediately after graduation.
Why Choose Liberty’s Instrumental Music: Music Education Degree?
Choosing to pursue your music degree at Liberty University means you’re choosing a program that is highly revered and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). You’re choosing a program that has an excellent job placement rate. You’re choosing access to state-of-the-art equipment, and instruction and mentorship from caring and professional faculty members.
Our professors are professional musicians in their own right with years of experience teaching and training others. They all possess advanced music degrees and are committed to teaching and guiding you along your academic journey.
Another great benefit of this degree program is the hands-on training experience you will gain. Many of your courses are like practice and coaching sessions, which allow you to perfect your musical talents and understanding of best practices in the field of education. Additionally, you’ll participate in student teaching to ensure you’re ready to take on a classroom of your own before you graduate.
What Will You Learn in Our Instrumental Music: Music Education Degree?
By challenging yourself with a music education degree from Liberty University, you’re setting yourself up for a successful career as either a musical artist or music teacher. We have created a curriculum that provides both practical training and countless hours of hands-on practice and experiences so that you are career-ready upon graduation.
Some of what you’ll study in our music education degree includes harmonic practices and theory, musicianship, chromatic harmony, commercial music, music history, and conducting. Additionally, you’ll take ensemble and applied music studies courses, which you have the flexibility to choose, based on your interest and skill set.
This concentration focuses on some of the following areas of study:
- Brass Techniques
- Instructional Pedagogy Lab for Music Education
- Instrumental Conducting
- Music Technology I: Notation
- Principles of Arranging
In addition to these courses, you will participate in student teaching to gain your teacher licensure before your graduate.
Review the Degree Completion Plan, and check out our featured courses below to learn more about what you’ll be studying!
MUSC 310 – Principles of Arranging
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- Basic arranging technique for various pop-music genres
- Developing arranging technique for rhythm sections, small vocal and instrumental ensemble, studio recordings, and larger vocal and instrumental ensemble
- Students complete a major arranging project for presentation in an end of the semester concert setting
MUSC 317 – Instrumental Conducting
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- Practical training in directing instrumental ensembles
- Development of baton and left-hand techniques with emphasis on musical interpretation of selected works
- Score study, rehearsal techniques, and performance techniques
MUSC 363 – Percussion Techniques
MUSC 374 – String Techniques
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- Preparation for the teaching of violin, cello, and double bass
- Study of the history, construction, maintenance, and acoustical phenomena of string instruments
Highlights of Our Instrumental Music: Music Education Degree
- Access to 45 full-time faculty members with degrees from some of the most prestigious music schools in the nation
- Our music programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
- Our Center for Music Education and Performance is housed in a 141,000-square-foot building
- Our Center for Worship has been voted “Best of the Best in Higher Education” six years in a row by Worship Leader Magazine
- We are designated an “All-Steinway” school
- We have been rated the #1 Christian music school by Christian Universities Online
- Liberty Music Group (LMG) is our very own on-campus recording studio and professional music publishing and recording company
- Our alumni have gone on to become Dove-award winning Christian artists and songwriters
- All coursework is market-driven and focuses on developing your skills for the current industry
- Our undergraduate students have an 80% job placement rate
Instrumental Music: Music Education Degree Information
Career Opportunities for Instrumental Music: Music Education Graduates
- Christian music artist
- Music program director
- Music teacher
- Private music instructor
- Professional musician
Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees
Every application is reviewed by the admission committee on a case-by-case basis, meaning there are no set minimums for acceptance. However, all applicants must submit the following documents* for admission:
- Admission application
- Official high school transcripts
- Official college transcripts (if applicable)
- SAT, ACT, or CLT scores
- Admission essay
*Note that additional documentation may be requested by the admission committee after your application has been received.