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Music, Instrumental Music Education Concentration, B.M.

The Instrumental Music Education Concentration in the Bachelor of Music degree is offered by the College of Liberal Arts at MTSU.
If you are an instrumentalist interested in teaching K-12 band, orchestra, or general music, MTSU is the place to study. With faculty members who excel both in instrumental performance and teaching techniqueshave extensive experience as teachers, performers, and ensemble directors, the MTSU School of Music offers preparation for future K–12 teachers — equipping them to instill students with performance skills and musical understanding. Hands-on experience in schools begins in theduring the first year of the degree and continues all the way through student teaching. In addition to developing as teachers, Instrumental Music Education majors participate in the full musical life of the School of Music, studying with our exceptional applied faculty, developing their knowledge of music theory and history, and performing in ensembles including the Band of Blue marching band. To be admitted into the Bachelor of Music degree program, all entering students must pass an audition before the faculty on their major instrument or voice. In addition, all prospective new or transfer undergraduate music majors and minors are required to take the Music Theory and Aural Skills Diagnostic Exam to determine appropriate placement in the music theory program. For additional information and to schedule a time for the exam, contact the School of Music Office.

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Director guides Franklin band to national success

David Aydelott (B.M.) is Director of Fine Arts for Williamson County Schools and previously served as band director at Franklin High School, whose marching band has won Bands of America regional championships and has been a consistent Grand National Semifinalist. The Franklin band has also frequently been crowned Grand Champion at MTSU's annual Contest of Champions. Aydelott was listed among "50 Directors Who Make a Difference" by School Band and Orchestra magazine.

Instrumental Music Education Student Receives MTSU's President's Award

Katie Nicholson (B.M.) was awarded the 2018 President's Award, the most prestigious student honor at MTSU awarded to a single student each year who exemplifies high character and outstanding academic achievements. Now a member of the band faculty at Brentwood High School, Katie excelled as an Instrumental Music Education major, serving for four years as a drum major for the Band of Blue. A Buchanan Scholar during her undergraduate studies, Katie earned her degree with honors, completing an Honors Thesis creative project arranging and directing a clarinet choir and percussion setting of Eric Whitacre's "Five Hebrew Love Songs."

News Briefs

Director guides Franklin band to national success

David Aydelott (B.M.) is Director of Fine Arts for Williamson County Schools and previously served as band director at Franklin High School, whose marching band has won Bands of America regional championships and has been a consistent Grand National Semifinalist. The Franklin band has also frequently been crowned Grand Champion at MTSU's annual Contest of Champions. Aydelott was listed among "50 Directors Who Make a Difference" by School Band and Orchestra magazine.

Instrumental Music Education Student Receives MTSU's President's Award

Katie Nicholson (B.M.) was awarded the 2018 President's Award, the most prestigious student honor at MTSU awarded to a single student each year who exemplifies high character and outstanding academic achievements. Now a member of the band faculty at Brentwood High School, Katie excelled as an Instrumental Music Education major, serving for four years as a drum major for the Band of Blue. A Buchanan Scholar during her undergraduate studies, Katie earned her degree with honors, completing an Honors Thesis creative project arranging and directing a clarinet choir and percussion setting of Eric Whitacre's "Five Hebrew Love Songs."

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Instrumental Music Education majors most frequently go on to teach music in K-12 schools,
leading a variety of instrumental ensembles and teaching general music courses. MTSUmusic alumni are also frequently accepted into graduate music programs in music education,performance, and conducting. Some alumni go into music education-related fields suchas instrument sales, repair, professional development, and curriculum design. Somefuture job possibilities include:

  • Band director
  • 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
  • Orchestra director
  • Songwriter
  • Studio/private teacher
  • University professor

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Bedford County Schools
  • Benton County Schools
  • DeKalb County Schools
  • Franklin Special Schools
  • Knox County Schools
  • Metro-Nashville Public Schools
  • Murfreesboro City Schools
  • Rutherford County Schools
  • Sumner County Schools
  • Tipton County Schools
  • Williamson County Schools
  • Numerous other school districts across Tennessee and throughout the country

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If you are an instrumentalist interested in teaching band, orchestra, or general music, MTSU is the place to study. With faculty members that excel both in instrumental performance and teaching techniques, the MTSU School of Music offers preparation for future teachers — equipping them to instill students with performance skills and musical understandings. Hands-on experience in schools begins during the first year of the degree and continues all the way through student teaching. In addition to developing as teachers, Instrumental Music Education majors participate in the full musical life of the School of Music, studying with our exceptional applied faculty, developing their knowledge of music theory and history, and performing in ensembles including the Band of Blue marching band.

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