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Music Education (B.Mus.)

Students completing the Bachelor of Music, Music Education degree will be recommended for the appropriate license to teach music in the public schools. Concentrations are available in vocal or instrumental music for grades PreK-12. Music Education graduates that complete the approved teacher education program (including the Teacher Candidate Internship) are eligible for teaching licensure from the Virginia Department of Education, which is reciprocal in 47 states. The ODU Bachelor of Music, Music Education degree program provides comprehensive preparation for the pre-service music educator. Multiple observation, practicum and internship field experiences allow the student to build upon the superb pedagogical, applied and ensemble performance foundation required throughout the curriculum.

Music Education (B.Mus.)


Description


What is Music Education at ODU like?

Students completing the Bachelor of Music, Music Education degree will be recommended for the appropriate license to teach music in the public schools. Concentrations are available in vocal or instrumental music for grades PreK-12. Music Education graduates that complete the approved teacher education program (including the Teacher Candidate Internship) are eligible for teaching licensure from the Virginia Department of Education, which is reciprocal in 47 states. The ODU Bachelor of Music, Music Education degree program provides comprehensive preparation for the pre-service music educator. Multiple observation, practicum and internship field experiences allow the student to build upon the superb pedagogical, applied and ensemble performance foundation required throughout the curriculum.

Program Highlights


What makes Music Education at ODU unique?

  • Excellent job placement, 100% of ODU Music Education graduates seeking employment in 2017, 2018 and 2019 found employment as music educators.

  • Excellent academic support.

  • Multiple opportunities to gain in-school teaching experience .

  • Outstanding and highly experienced faculty.

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education

$60,830

MEDIAN SALARY


Teach students basic academic, social, and other formative skills in public or private schools at the elementary level.

Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

$61,040

MEDIAN SALARY


Teach students in one or more subjects in public or private schools at the middle, intermediate, or junior high level, which falls between elementary and senior high school as defined by applicable laws and regulations.

Music Directors

$61,490

MEDIAN SALARY


Direct and conduct instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras or choirs.

Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

$62,860

MEDIAN SALARY


Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

Employers


Graduates from this major have gone to work at

Norfolk Public Schools, Virginia Beach City Public Schools, Chesapeake Public Schools, Multiple school systems in Virginia and the United States

Courses


What are some courses offered in Music Education at ODU?

MUSC 401:
Music Education: Elementary Vocal and General Methods


Required prior to student teaching for all students in music education. Focuses on materials and methods of vocal and general instruction for elementary music classrooms. |offered fall semesters) Prerequisites: MUSC 300. Pre- or corequisite: MUSC 402.

MUSC 403:
Music Education: Secondary Vocal Methods


Required prior to the Teacher Candidate Internship |student teaching) for all students in music education with voice, keyboard or guitar concentration. Focuses on methods of vocal instruction, materials and rehearsal methods for secondary vocal classroom settings. |offered spring semesters) Prerequisite: MUSC 300 |or TLED 301 completed prior to fall 2015); or TLED 290. Pre- or corequisite: MUSC 404.

MUSC 407:
Music Education: Secondary Instrumental Methods


Required prior to the Teacher Candidate Internship (student teaching) for all students in music education with an instrumental music concentration. Focuses on methods of instruction, materials and rehearsal methods for secondary instrumental classrooms. (offered spring semesters) Prerequisites: MUSC 300. Pre- or corequisite: MUSC 408.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Music Education at ODU?

Students entering the Bachelor of Music program in Music Education should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)

  • The application to ODU, the music performance audition application, the music performance audition, the music education interview, and the music theory placement test are required for admission consideration.

For admission to the Music Education program


GPA:

3.00


TOEFL score:

paper based: 550, internet based 79


IELTS score:

6.5


Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 360

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,032

Active Duty Military Rate


Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Transfer Articulation Agreements


To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to ODU.
Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

Scholarships


Multiple scholarships exist; the music performance audition is required for scholarship consideration. The music scholarships are listed at here.

Next Steps


I like this program. What are the next steps?

Contact


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ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR


Name:

Douglas Owens


Location:

1218 DIEHN CENTER, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-6562


Undergraduate Admissions


Location:

1004 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-3255


Email:

admissions@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Transfer


I like this program and want to transfer. What are my next steps?

At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful transition, engagement, and academic achievement of transfer students. The services and programs offered to you as a Monarch are endless so take advantage of every opportunity. Even before you set foot on campus, we encourage you to Explore, Experience, and Engage! Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

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