Bachelor of Music in Music Education

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A Bachelor of Music in Music Education will equip you with a strong foundation in music theory and practice, as well as the teaching skills to excel in the classroom, to prepare you to teach music in primary and secondary schools.

Undergraduate Admissions

Through a partnership between the School of Performing and Visual Arts and the School of Education, the Bachelor of Music in Music Education strengthens your knowledge of musical understanding in performance arenas and the classroom. You will develop a solid set of tools for teaching music in a public or private setting with knowledge of the best practices and methods for teaching, how to measure student performance, and how to adapt a curriculum for learners with different needs.

The GWU Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The Bachelor of Music in Music Education program is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.


Students who graduate with a major in Music Education will demonstrate:

1. the knowledge base of learning, methodologies, social content, and professional development needed to teach in a private or public school setting; 

2. the ability to perform and utilize musical understanding in the classroom and performance arenas; and 

3. the competencies required to obtain North Carolina teacher licensure for grades K-12 in the fields of general music, instrumental, and vocal music. 

The North Carolina State Board of Education has adopted new teacher standards and required all teacher education programs to be revisioned. All candidates starting their teacher education program with EDUC 250 in the fall of 2010 must complete the new program regardless of the catalogue under which they entered Gardner-Webb University. Candidates who are already in teacher education can choose to complete the current program or the new program.

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