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Bachelor's in Music Education

If you want to pursue a career teaching music in Indiana schools, the BS in Music Education at Indiana Wesleyan University is designed to help you achieve your goal. With this BS in Music Education, you can learn to teach in public or private elementary, middle, and high schools. At our Christian university, you can learn how to integrate biblical perspectives into your musical talents and teaching abilities.

Why Pursue My Bachelor’s in Music Education at IWU?

There are several benefits to pursuing your BS in Music Education at IWU. This accredited degree program is taught by faculty with experience teaching in a variety of academic roles. We also provide student services, from tech support to tutoring, to help you succeed in this bachelor’s in music education program. Students learn from expert faculty who will become mentors in the faith, integrating classroom learning with biblical truths for a Christ-centered environment that encourages spiritual growth.

What Will I Learn in this BS in Music Education Program?

The courses in this bachelor’s in music education are designed to help students maximize their musical abilities and strengthen their impact when teaching music to their students. The student experience combines music theory and ear training, music history and literature, and music technology and computer applications with private lessons and participation in large and small ensembles. Students also prepare to teach by studying vocals, piano, band, and orchestra instruments.  

What Makes IWU Different?

Education Pioneer

IWU has provided on-campus education for more than 100 years.

Rooted in Christ

Faith-integrated curriculum and a commitment to changing the world.

Superior Support

Center for Student Success for counseling, tutoring, and more!

What You Will Study in This Bachelor of Science in Music Education

Coursework for this BS in Music Education program covers how to:

  • Explore classroom environments through metacognitive analysis of teaching practices 
  • Teach the fundamentals of music: major and minor scales, key signatures, triads, and introduction to functional harmony
  • Teach basic vocal technique, including breathing, resonant tone production, note reading, and fundamental vocabulary for singers; aims at developing healthy vocal habits
  • Integrate biblical principles in your professional aspirations in music

After Graduation
Potential Careers

  • Elementary Education
  • Middle Schools
  • Secondary Schools
  • High School

Work in Various Industries

  • Industry

Program Requirements
Indiana Wesleyan University students are assessed multiple times as they progress through the Teacher Education Program and acquire the knowledge, skills and dispositions required of successful educators.
  1. Admission to the Teacher Education Program.
    • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 and a 3.0 in each teaching major, including teacher education courses. All professional education courses completed with a grade of C- or less must be repeated.
    • Formal application.
    • Teacher Education Program Assessments: interview; reading and writing on demand assessments.
  2. Admission to student teaching. Students apply for admission to student teaching a year prior to the academic year in which the student teaching semester occurs.
    • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the major.
    • Design a lesson plan that is assessed by a School of Teacher Education faculty member using an assessment rubric that is expressly designed for that purpose.
  3. Students apply for admission to student teaching a year prior to the academic year in which the student teaching semester occurs.

The student teaching semester culminates with the following assessments:

  • Students develop a standards-based portfolio during the student teaching semester, assembling artifacts in five different domains that provide evidence that they have met the standards and expectations required of them. The portfolio is assessed with a rubric designed expressly for that purpose.
  • Student teachers develop a Teacher Work Sample that is designed to determine the degree to which their teaching has been effective in producing the learning expected of their students.
  • As the concluding activity of the student teaching semester, a defense committee, consisting of the student's supervising teacher, School of Teacher Education faculty, other University faculty and practicing P-12 teachers, conducts an interview with each student teacher. The student teacher is assessed on his or her professional impression and also the degree to which he or she answers questions successfully.
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Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

IWU is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

IWU is accredited by the Music Education program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
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