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Bachelor of Music Education in

Music Education


Program Overview

 Oral Roberts University’s Music Department seeks to engage and thoroughly educate students in the past, present, and future of music. All of this is done in a Christian environment. As a music student at ORU, you will grow musically, spiritually and educationally. If you are interested in Music Education, we know you probably already have a deep love for music and we want to hone your skills and prepare you to share your passion for music in a classroom setting. At ORU, the Music Department is committed to providing you with extensive opportunities to grow as a musician and change lives as a teacher.

If you choose to major in Music Education, when you complete the ME portion of the degree, you will then start the process for standard certification. As a Music Education major you get to choose a concentration in either vocal (MUEV) or instrumental (MUEI) music. Or, you can earn a licensure in both. In addition to advancing in your own personal instrument or voice, you will also develop skills to effectively manage a classroom for practical application, enhance the physiological and cognitive development of the K-12 learner and develop teaching, diagnostic and rehearsal techniques.

What can I do with a B.A. degree from ORU in Music Education?

Upon the completion of your Music Education degree from ORU in Music Education, you will be equipped to teach music many different arenas, including but not limited to the classroom. Here are some very exciting ways to use your Music Education degree.

  • Music teacher in public or private school
  • Music teacher in private studios
  • Performing in professional music organizations
  • Working in related music fields
  • Church ministries
  • Graduate school

What are some of the core experiences of this program?

  • Music Seminar
  • Music Theory
  • Guitar or Piano Proficiency
  • Vocal Concentration
  • Diction for Singers
  • Vocal Pedagogy and Repertoire
  • Class Voice
  • Sight Singing and Ear Training
  • Applied Music: Piano or Secondary Piano
  • Applied Music: Primary Orchestral Instrument
  • Advanced String Methods
  • Woodwind MEthods
  • Brass and Percussion Methods
  • Performance Ensembles
  • Orchestration
  • Conducting
  • Introduction to Music Production

What makes ORU’s Music Education program stand out?

In addition to the many diverse course offerings and programs, ORU Music Education majors get to be a part of two incredible programs- Music and Education. Through your experience at ORU, you will gain a rich knowledge of music while being trained for the classroom. An array of fun and engaging groups, clubs, events and extracurricular opportunities await you at ORU, including vocal and instrumental music groups, music clubs and the Collegiate Music Educators National Conference (CMENC). CMENC is an organization that focuses on music education but is open to all music majors. It sponsors many of the music activities that occur on and off campus and is a great networking tool for any person who desires a career in music. 

What about accreditation?

As a university, we exceed the highest accreditation standards set by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of the top outside regulators in the U.S.

The ORU College of Education is accredited by the following associations:

  • Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation (OCTP )
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

The ORU College of Education is recognized by the following agencies:

  • Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
  • Oklahoma State Department of Education

The ORU College of Education holds memberships with the following associations:

  • American Association of College of Teacher Education
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • Coalition of Christian Colleges and Universities

The ORU Music Department is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Are there scholarships available?

Nearly 100% of our full-time, undergraduate residential students receive ORU grants and scholarships through academic achievement and through ORU’s premier scholarship opportunity of our Quest Whole Leader Scholarship. To learn more about financial aid, click here.

ORU College of Education Holmes Scholars program is a partnership between ORU College of Education and AACTE Holmes Scholars® that has been established to support Quest scholarship awarded doctoral candidates from historically underrepresented backgrounds who are pursuing careers in education.

The AACTE Holmes Scholars program will provide mentorship, peer support, and rich professional development opportunities. Scholars will become or are candidates for faculty and leadership positions in teacher education, field specializations, or educational research.

By partnering with the AACTE Holmes Scholars program, ORU COE aims to strengthen our support of the promotion of diversity within the professional community and prepare educators to serve diverse learners.

Admission to the music program requires a separate application with the Music Department and an audition. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance to the university by the Admissions Office; they will be notified of acceptance as a music major by the Music Department. Download a copy of the music major application here.



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