Bachelor of Music Education in
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 degree in Music Education?
Upon the completion of your Music Education degree from ORU in Music Education, you will be equipped to teach music in 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?
- 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
- 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.
ORU's Fast Track program offers you the opportunity to complete up to 12 hours of graduate course work as an undergraduate student…with no additional cost! For more information click here.
What about accreditation?
As a university we meet the highest accreditation standards set by the Higher Learning Commission. The ORU Music Department is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The Music Education program meets certification requirements set by the Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability.
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.
College of Education Scholarships (Applications available every spring for current ORU College of Education candidates)
Music Major Application and Audition
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 the music major application.