Academic Catalog

Music Education (B.M.E.) 2023-2024 Catalog Year
College of Arts and Sciences
Bower School of Music & the Arts
  • Choral Concentration
  • Instrumental Concentration

The Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.) prepares students to teach music in public, private commercial and community schools. The B.M.E. requires applied study in voice, piano, guitar, woodwind, brass, percussion and/or stringed instruments as well as courses in music theory, history and conducting. Students will also receive instruction and immersion in pedagogies and resources that support K-12 learners. The professional semester (student teaching) will require students to have two experiences at differing levels (elementary and middle or high school) to afford them maximum exposure to the real world of music teaching. Completion of this program and degree will include State of Florida Certification in Music (Grades K-12), which certifies a program graduate to teach music in Florida public schools.

Program Admission Requirements
  • Submit an FGCU Undergraduate Admission Application and satisfy all applicable university admission requirements.
  • *Specialized Admissions: Submit a Bower School of Music Supplemental Application by June 1 for fall admission and November 1 for spring admission.
  • A Performance Audition, Theory Placement Exam and Interview must be completed for acceptance consideration into the Music Specialized Admissions Program.
  • Attend an orientation session.
  • Sign an Advising Agreement document.

    *This means that students apply and are initially accepted into the University as a pre-music major student. An application and subsequent audition for acceptance into the music major is also required. Not all students who audition and meet the selection criteria are admitted into the specialized admissions major. The selection process is very competitive and space is limited in each admission class.

  • NOTE: Students admitted to the Bower School of Music are eligible to apply for a Music Scholarship. The Music Scholarships are awarded to assist individual students to obtain an education and to help create an institutional musical environment conducive to the musical growth of all students and the enhancement of the campus cultural environment. The Music Scholarship recipient must maintain an overall grade point average of 2.5 and have no grades of “F” in any class (unless later replaced by a grade of “C” or better). Also she/he must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 in music classes at FGCU and have no grades lower than “C” in any music class (unless later replaced by a grade of “C” or better), and demonstrate continuing progress in the principal performing medium as exhibited through applied lessons, ensemble performance, recital appearances, and jury examinations.
Program Progression and Additional Graduation Requirements

In addition to the program requirements, students must:

  • Enroll in a large ensemble (1 credit) every semester they are enrolled in an applied lesson.
  • Complete a minimum of 125-128 credits.
  • Complete a minimum of 48 of the 134 credits must be at the upper division (3000-4999 level).
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all coursework attempted at FGCU.
  • Satisfy the College-Level Skills requirement and foreign language entrance requirement.
  • Satisfy the Service Learning requirement. See:
  • Satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement.
  • Complete the summer course enrollment requirement.
  • Pass the Piano Proficiency Exam (a common prerequisite which is on a Pass/Fail basis)
  • Present an upper level recital in the applied emphasis, with a passing grade by a faculty committee.
  • Satisfy the residency requirement: 32 of the last 74 credits must be completed at FGCU, including 12 credits in the major.
  • Pass the three required tests [i.e., General Knowledge (082), Professional Education (083), and Music Education (028)] for Florida teacher certification.
  • Submit an online Application for Graduation by the deadline listed in the FGCU Academic Calendar.
Program Requirements
  1. FGCU General Education Program (
    To prevent or minimize excess hours, select general education courses that satisfy common prerequisite requirements for your intended major.

  2. Common Prerequisites
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course

    FGCU Course: EDF 2005 Intro to Teach Prof (3)
    Acceptable Substitute: EDFX005 or MUE X040

    FGCU Course: Choose 4 credits in MUN 1XXX or 2XXX (1 credit per semester) (4)
    Acceptable Substitute: MUNX000-X999

    FGCU Course: MUT 1111 Music Theory I (3)
    Acceptable Substitute: MUTX111 or MUTX121

    FGCU Course: MUT 1112 Music Theory II (3)
    Acceptable Substitute: MUTX112 or MUTX122

    FGCU Course: MUT 2116 Music Theory III (3)
    Acceptable Substitute: MUTX116 or MUTX126

    FGCU Course: MUT 2117 Music Theory IV (3)
    Acceptable Substitute: MUTX117 or MUTX127

    FGCU Course: (MUT 1241 Aural Skills I (1) and MUT 1242 Aural Skills II (1) and MUT 2246 Aural Skills III (1) and MUT 2247 Aural Skills IV (1))
    Acceptable Substitute: [(MUTX241 and MUTX242 and MUTX246 and MUTX247) or (MUTX221 and MUTX222 and MUTX226 and MUTX227) or (MUTX271 and MUTX272 and MUTX276 and MUTX277)]

    FGCU Course: Choose 4 credits of Freshman Applied Music in MVX 1X1X (2 credits per semester) (4)
    Acceptable Substitute: MVXXX1X

    FGCU Course: Choose 4 credits of Sophomore Applied Music MVX 2X2X (2 credits per semester) (4)
    Acceptable Substitute: MVXXX2X

    FGCU Course: Secondary Piano-Proficiency by Examination or (MVK 1111 and MVK 1112 and MVK 2121 and MVK 2122) (0-4)
    Acceptable Substitute: (MVKX111 and MVKX112 and MVKX121 and MVKX122) as needed to achieve piano proficiency.

  3. Required Courses in the Major (43 credits)
    A minimum grade of C or S is required in each course

    MUE 2040 Introduction to Music Teaching (1)
    MUE 3311 Teaching Music, Elementary (3)
    MUE 4939 Senior Capstone in Mus Ed (3)
    MUG 3104 Introduction to Conducting (2)
    MUH 3211 Survey of Music History I (3)
    MUH 3212 Survey of Music History II (3)
    MUN 3XXX-4XXX Ensemble (1 semester hour for two semesters) (2)
    MUN 3XXX-4XXX Ensemble (1 semester for 0 credit) (0)
    MUS 1010 Recital Attendance (six semesters for 0 credit) (0)
    MUS 1360 Intro to Music Technology (1)
    MUS 3953 Junior Recital (0)
    MUS 4940 Internship in Music (9)
    MUT 3311 Orchestration and Arranging (3)
    MVS 1116 Class Guitar (1)
    MVX 3XXX Junior Applied Music (4) (2 cr x 2 semesters)
    MVX 4XXX Senior Applied Music (2)
    RED 4350 Literacy Content & Processes (3)
    TSL 4520 Sec Lang Acquis Comm& Culture (3)

  4. Concentration (15 credits)
    A minimum grade of C or S is required in each course

    Complete requirements for one concentration:

    Choral Concentration
    Complete one of the following:
    MUE 3451 Woodwind Methods and Materials (1)
    MUE 3465 Brass Methods and Materials (1)

    Complete each of the following:
    MUE 3331 Secondary Vocal Music Methods (3)
    MUE 3343 String Methods and Materials (1)
    MUE 3433 Vocal Pedagogy (2)
    MUE 3475 Percussion Methods & Materials (2)
    MUE 4492 Choral Lit and Conducting Tech (3)
    MUS 1201 Diction I (1)
    MUS 2202 Diction II (1)
    MVK 3131 Choral Keyboard Skills (1)

    Instrumental Concentration
    MUE 3343 String Methods and Materials (1)
    MUE 3451 Woodwind Methods and Materials (1)
    MUE 3465 Brass Methods and Materials (1)
    MUE 3475 Percussion Methods & Materials (2)
    MUE 4344 Teaching Instrumental Music (3)
    MUE 4480 Marching Band Techniques (1)
    MUE 4481 Jazz Techniques and Methods (1)
    MUG 3204 Instr. Lit. & Cond. Techniques (3)
    MVV 1110 Class Voice (2)

  5. University Requirements (3 credits)
    IDS 3920 University Colloquium (3)

  6. Additional Electives - as needed to reach total credits required for the degree
Total Credits Required: 125

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