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Instrumental Music Education

If you're interested in teaching band or orchestra, MTSU is the place to study. With faculty members that excel both in instrumental performance and teaching techniques, MTSU's School of Music offers preparation for future directors and conductors—equipping them to teach students to perform on different instruments along with inspiring the delicate blend of leadership and teamwork that is the hallmark of successful performance programs.  Hands-on experience in schools begins during your first year. Performance groups have been invited all over the world, and the Wind Ensemble has produced commercial recordings. In addition to performing with our outstanding wind bands and orchestral and chamber groups, majors in Instrumental Music Education also participate in MTSU's prestigious Band of Blue marching band.

Director guides Franklin band to national success

Director guides Franklin band to national success

David Aydelott, an MTSU graduate, is director of Franklin High School's marching band which won a Bands of America regional championship in Jacksonville last fall and was a 2012 Grand National Semifinalist. The Franklin band also was awarded Grand Champion at MTSU's 51st annual Contest of Champions, the oldest consecutive marching band competition in the country. In March, Franklin's Wind Ensemble performed in the national adjudicators' Music for All National Concert Festival in Indianapolis, one of only 13 invited from across the nation. Aydelott was listed among “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” by School Band and Orchestra magazine in 2010.

All-Steinway School a key draw in piano program

All-Steinway School a key draw in piano program

The School of Music at MTSU has cemented its international reputation for excellence in the past decade as one of only 140-plus “All-Steinway Schools” in the world. The University now owns 60 of the renowned vertical and grand pianos after becoming the state's first All-Steinway school in 2002. The status puts MTSU in the company with other esteemed music educators such as The Juilliard School, Oberlin College Conservatory, Beijing's China Conservatory of Music, the Yale School of Music, and the University of Melbourne (Australia) Faculty of Music. Full-time technician Chris Purdy receives advanced training twice a year from Steinway.

Instrumental Music Education majors primarily continue their music careers as band teachers and directors in public schools. MTSU alumni also are being accepted into major graduate schools of music including Indiana and Michigan. Some go into music—or music education—related fields such as instrument sales/repair or other businesses that assist music educators. Some future job possibilities include

  • Band director/leader
  • Church musician/worship leader
  • Composer/arranger/orchestrator
  • Instrument salesperson/repair technician
  • Instrumental performer
  • Marketer
  • Music critic/journalist
  • Music editor and publisher
  • Music educator
  • Music librarian
  • Musicologist
  • Songwriter
  • Studio/private teacher
  • Talent agent
  • University professor


Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Bedford County Schools
  • Benton County Schools
  • Crowley (Texas) Independent School District
  • DeKalb County Schools
  • Fairfax County (Va.) Schools
  • Jolley & Associates concepts for contemporary ensembles
  • Knox County Schools
  • Metro-Nashville Public Schools
  • Rutherford County Schools
  • Sumner County Schools
  • Tipton County Schools
  • Williamson County Schools

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MTSU's School of Music offers an undergraduate major in Music leading to Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degree in the following concentrations:

  • Instrumental Music Education
  • Instrumental Performance (Brass, Orchestral Strings, Woodwinds, and Percussion; Guitar; Jazz Studies; Organ; or Piano)
  • Music Industry
  • Theory-Composition
  • Vocal/General Music Education
  • Voice Performance

Undergraduate minors in Music, American Music Studies, and Music Industry are also available.

Teacher Licensure
Students seeking a license to teach music in the public schools must complete (1) a major in Music following the concentration in either Instrumental Music Education or Vocal/General Music Education K–12, (2) minor in Secondary Education, (3) the General Education Program, and (4) additional teacher licensure requirements.

Graduate programs offered by the School of Music include the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree with specializations in collaborative piano; conducting; jazz studies; music composition; music composition for contemporary media; music education; musicology; or performance.

There is a graduate minor in Music.

The sample schedule below is based on the current undergraduate catalog. It is not a substitute for academic advisement. Contact your advisor if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements or consult the undergraduate catalog (catalog.mtsu.edu) for a complete list of requirements and electives.

You may choose to attend a summer term to reduce your load during fall or spring terms but still stay on track to graduate in four years. (Refer to the scholarships website for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.)

NOTE: Learning Support courses will alter the sequences on this map. Missing milestones could delay your program.

Instrumental Music Education Academic Map

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Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

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FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
MUTH 11104  MUTH 11204 
MUAP 2--11  MUHL 16102 
MUS 15301  MUAP 2--11
MUEN 3100 (Perc., Winds, Brass)0Band of Blue MUS 15401 
MUS 10100  MUS 1010 0 
MUED 20002  MUEN 3---0 
MATH (Math)3  MUEN 3---0 
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303
MUEN 3300 (strings only)0Symphony Orchestra ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
SUBTOTAL17  SUBTOTAL17 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
MUTH 21103  MUTH 21203 
MUAP 2--11  MUAP 2--11 
MUS 10100  MUS 10100 
MUEN 3100 (Perc., Winds, Brass)0Band of Blue MUEN 3---0 
MUED 13101  MUPD 30502 
COMM 22003  MUED 2320 (A)1 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  MUED 33101 
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hun/FA)3  MUED 13201 
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4  MUS 15101 
MUEN 3---0  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
MUEN 3300 (strings only)0Symphony Orchestra YOED 25003 
SUBTOTAL18  SUBTOTAL17 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
MUAP 4--11  MUAP 4--11 
MUS 31402  MUEN 3---0 
MUS 10100  MUS 31502 
MUTH 41102  MUS 10100 
MUHL 30103  MUED 2320 (B)1 
MUEN 3100 (Perc., Winds, Brass)0Band of Blue MUED 32003 
MUED 13301  MUED 32303 
MUED 14101  MUTH 41302 
MUEN 3---0  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
Hum/FA (Rubric 1) 3  YOED 33003 
MUEN 3300 (strings only)0Symphony Orchestra    
YOED 30003     
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL18 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
MUAP 48000  YOED 440012 
MUAP 4--11    
MUED 3250 or MUED 326033260 Strings only   
MUHL 30203     
MUED 46800     
YOED 40206    
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL12 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 128

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
MUTH 11104  MUTH 11204 
MUAP 2--11  MUHL 16102 
MUS 15301  MUAP 2--11
MUEN 3100 (Perc., Winds, Brass)0Band of Blue MUS 15401 
MUS 10100  MUS 10100 
MUED 20002  MUEN 3---0 
MATH (Math)3  MUEN 3---0 
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
MUEN 3300 (strings only)0Symphony Orchestra HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303
SUBTOTAL14  SUBTOTAL14 
FRESHMAN SUMMER
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
MUTH 21103  MUTH 21203 
MUAP 2--11  MUAP 2--11 
MUS 10100  MUS 10100 
MUEN 3100 (Perc., Winds, Brass)0Band of Blue MUEN 3---0 
MUED 13101  MUPD 30502 
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  MUED 2320 (A)1 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  MUED 33101 
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4  MUED 13201 
MUEN 3---0  MUS 15101 
MUEN 3300 (strings only)0Symphony Orchestra YOED 25003 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL13 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL4 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
MUAP 4--11  MUAP 4--11 
MUS 31402  MUEN 3---0 
MUS 10100  MUS 31502 
MUTH 41102  MUED 2320 (B)1 
MUHL 30103  MUED 32003 
MUEN 3100 (Perc., Winds, Brass)0Band of Blue MUED 32303 
MUEN 3---0  MUTH 41302 
MUED 13301  YOED 33003 
MUED 14101  MUS 10100 
MUEN 3300 (strings only)0Symphony Orchestra    
YOED 30003     
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL15 
JUNIOR SUMMER
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
MUAP 48000  YOED 440012 
MUAP 4--11    
MUED 3250 or MUED 326033260 Strings only   
MUHL 30203     
MUED 46800     
YOED 40206    
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL12 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 128

Graduation information may be accessed here.

Music Education

MUED 1210 - Fundamentals of Music
3 credit hours
Music fundamentals including scales, intervals, meters, rhythm patterns, sight-singing and dictation, principles of music writing, singing and playing elementary-level compositions, keyboard experience, and analysis for understanding and appreciation.

MUED 1210 - Fundamentals of Music
3 credit hours
Music fundamentals including scales, intervals, meters, rhythm patterns, sight-singing and dictation, principles of music writing, singing and playing elementary-level compositions, keyboard experience, and analysis for understanding and appreciation.

MUED 1310 - Woodwind Techniques I
1 credit hour
For music majors beginning the study of a minor instrument in woodwinds and open to general college students desiring to learn a musical instrument.

MUED 1310 - Woodwind Techniques I
1 credit hour
For music majors beginning the study of a minor instrument in woodwinds and open to general college students desiring to learn a musical instrument.

MUED 1320 - Percussion Techniques
1 credit hour
Building performance ability on snare drum in all styles of playing. Introduces performance on principal percussion instruments, including ethnic percussion groups.

MUED 1320 - Percussion Techniques
1 credit hour
Building performance ability on snare drum in all styles of playing. Introduces performance on principal percussion instruments, including ethnic percussion groups.

MUED 1330 - Brass Techniques
1 credit hour
Designed for music majors beginning the study of a minor instrument in brass and open to the general college student desiring to learn a musical instrument.

MUED 1330 - Brass Techniques
1 credit hour
Designed for music majors beginning the study of a minor instrument in brass and open to the general college student desiring to learn a musical instrument.

MUED 1410 - String Techniques
1 credit hour
Instruction in the elements of stringed instrument playing. The student will select one instrument of the string group and continue its study through one semester.

MUED 1410 - String Techniques
1 credit hour
Instruction in the elements of stringed instrument playing. The student will select one instrument of the string group and continue its study through one semester.

MUED 2000 - Philosophy and Introduction to Music Education
2 credit hours
First course in the music education curriculum for students working toward vocal-general or instrumental K-12 teacher licensure. Organization and curriculum of American music education as well as the place of music education in the total program of the school explored.

MUED 2000 - Philosophy and Introduction to Music Education
2 credit hours
First course in the music education curriculum for students working toward vocal-general or instrumental K-12 teacher licensure. Organization and curriculum of American music education as well as the place of music education in the total program of the school explored.

MUED 2210 - Instrumental Techniques for Music Classroom
2 credit hours
Prerequisite: MUED 2000. Learning to play the recorder, guitar, autoharp, and basic mallet and other percussion instruments with teaching application to school music.

MUED 2210 - Instrumental Techniques for Music Classroom
2 credit hours
Prerequisite: MUED 2000. Learning to play the recorder, guitar, autoharp, and basic mallet and other percussion instruments with teaching application to school music.

MUED 2310 - Choral Music Lab
1 credit hour
Two semesters of Choral Music Lab required of all Vocal/General Education majors. Study and rehearsal of public school materials and repertoire not covered in other music classes. Provides opportunities to explore various methodologies and apply pedagogical skills in a clinical environment. Also provides upper-division music education students opportunities to conduct and teach in an experimental/laboratory setting.

MUED 2310 - Choral Music Lab
1 credit hour
Two semesters of Choral Music Lab required of all Vocal/General Education majors. Study and rehearsal of public school materials and repertoire not covered in other music classes. Provides opportunities to explore various methodologies and apply pedagogical skills in a clinical environment. Also provides upper-division music education students opportunities to conduct and teach in an experimental/laboratory setting.

MUED 2320 - Instrumental Music Lab
1 credit hour
Two semesters of Instrumental Lab required of all Instrumental Music Education majors. Study and rehearsal of public school materials and repertoire not covered in other music classes. Provides opportunities to explore various methodologies and apply pedagogical skills in a clinical environment. Also provides upper-division music education students opportunities to conduct and teach in an experimental/laboratory setting.

MUED 2320 - Instrumental Music Lab
1 credit hour
Two semesters of Instrumental Lab required of all Instrumental Music Education majors. Study and rehearsal of public school materials and repertoire not covered in other music classes. Provides opportunities to explore various methodologies and apply pedagogical skills in a clinical environment. Also provides upper-division music education students opportunities to conduct and teach in an experimental/laboratory setting.

MUED 3190 - General Music in the Middle and Senior High School
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: MUED 2000. Required for students working toward vocal-general or instrumental K-12 teacher licensure. Introduces vocal/general music education majors to methods and materials available for teaching general music to students in grades 6-12.

MUED 3190 - General Music in the Middle and Senior High School
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: MUED 2000. Required for students working toward vocal-general or instrumental K-12 teacher licensure. Introduces vocal/general music education majors to methods and materials available for teaching general music to students in grades 6-12.

MUED 3200 - Music in the Elementary Grades for Music Majors
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: MUED 2000. Focuses on the need for music in the classroom, provides experiences in current methods of music education, and seeks to establish a logical framework of the structure and nature of music as a discipline and an art.

MUED 3200 - Music in the Elementary Grades for Music Majors
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: MUED 2000. Focuses on the need for music in the classroom, provides experiences in current methods of music education, and seeks to establish a logical framework of the structure and nature of music as a discipline and an art.

MUED 3210 - Music in the Elementary Grades for Non-Music Majors
3 credit hours
Materials and methods appropriate for elementary grade general music, including a comparison of available music series and recordings; care of the child voice; beginning experience in pitched and non-pitched percussion; and simple wind instruments. Pedagogical trends and methods; analysis for understanding and appreciation.

MUED 3210 - Music in the Elementary Grades for Non-Music Majors
3 credit hours
Materials and methods appropriate for elementary grade general music, including a comparison of available music series and recordings; care of the child voice; beginning experience in pitched and non-pitched percussion; and simple wind instruments. Pedagogical trends and methods; analysis for understanding and appreciation.

MUED 3220 - Choral Music in the Middle and Senior High School
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: MUED 3200 and MUS 3140. Rehearsal techniques, choral materials, organization of ensembles, classification of voices including changing voice, general music methods, and materials.

MUED 3220 - Choral Music in the Middle and Senior High School
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: MUED 3200 and MUS 3140. Rehearsal techniques, choral materials, organization of ensembles, classification of voices including changing voice, general music methods, and materials.

MUED 3230 - Instrumental Materials
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: MUED 2000 and MUS 3140 and successful admission into upper division. Examines materials suitable for public school instrumental music programs. Practice in classifying, grading, and programming. Development of music education philosophy for the control of those procedures.

MUED 3230 - Instrumental Materials
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: MUED 2000 and MUS 3140 and successful admission into upper division. Examines materials suitable for public school instrumental music programs. Practice in classifying, grading, and programming. Development of music education philosophy for the control of those procedures.

MUED 3250 - Band Organization and Marching Band Techniques
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: MUED 2000 and successful admission into upper division. Basic drill, principles of showmanship, and show planning for the band.

MUED 3250 - Band Organization and Marching Band Techniques
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: MUED 2000 and successful admission into upper division. Basic drill, principles of showmanship, and show planning for the band.

MUED 3260 - Orchestra Organization and Techniques
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: MUED 2000 or permission of instructor. Development of rehearsal management, score preparation, educational string arranging, and performance skills. Examines materials and resources suitable for public and private school strings and orchestra programs. Development of concert production skills and logistical/organizational skills necessary for contests, festivals, and tours.

MUED 3260 - Orchestra Organization and Techniques
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: MUED 2000 or permission of instructor. Development of rehearsal management, score preparation, educational string arranging, and performance skills. Examines materials and resources suitable for public and private school strings and orchestra programs. Development of concert production skills and logistical/organizational skills necessary for contests, festivals, and tours.

MUED 3310 - Woodwind Techniques II
1 credit hour
Prerequisite: MUED 1310. Instruction in the principles and problems of teaching woodwind instruments. Emphasis on problems found in performance by school students.

MUED 3310 - Woodwind Techniques II
1 credit hour
Prerequisite: MUED 1310. Instruction in the principles and problems of teaching woodwind instruments. Emphasis on problems found in performance by school students.

MUED 4210 - General Music Program K-6
2 credit hours
Prerequisite: MUEN 3200. The role of music and music teaching in elementary education; its objectives, methods, materials, and procedures; innovative trends and exemplary practices; evaluative techniques.

MUED 4210 - General Music Program K-6
2 credit hours
Prerequisite: MUEN 3200. The role of music and music teaching in elementary education; its objectives, methods, materials, and procedures; innovative trends and exemplary practices; evaluative techniques.

MUED 4240 - Instrumental Rehearsal Problems
2 credit hours
Prerequisites: MUED 2000 and MUS 3140. Designed to improve teaching in instrumental music classes through study of rehearsal planning and techniques, the interpretation of music to students, and group dynamics.

MUED 4240 - Instrumental Rehearsal Problems
2 credit hours
Prerequisites: MUED 2000 and MUS 3140. Designed to improve teaching in instrumental music classes through study of rehearsal planning and techniques, the interpretation of music to students, and group dynamics.

MUED 4250 - Advanced Marching Techniques
2 credit hours
Prerequisite: MUED 3250. Further development and application of marching band techniques as utilized in half-time and contest show production. Selection and analysis of music scores.

MUED 4250 - Advanced Marching Techniques
2 credit hours
Prerequisite: MUED 3250. Further development and application of marching band techniques as utilized in half-time and contest show production. Selection and analysis of music scores.

MUED 4670 - Music for the Young Child
3 credit hours
Music fundamentals, materials, and methods appropriate for preschool through grade three; pantomime, role playing, improvisation, rhythm, movement, listening, and singing.

MUED 4670 - Music for the Young Child
3 credit hours
Music fundamentals, materials, and methods appropriate for preschool through grade three; pantomime, role playing, improvisation, rhythm, movement, listening, and singing.

MUED 4680 - Music Education Seminar
0 credit hours
Corequisite: YOED 4020. Synthesis of contemporary music education methods and observing/teaching experiences during the Residency I internship. Pass/Fail.

MUED 4680 - Music Education Seminar
0 credit hours
Corequisite: YOED 4020. Synthesis of contemporary music education methods and observing/teaching experiences during the Residency I internship. Pass/Fail.