The Music Education degree program in the School of Music of the University of Redlands is committed to excellence in musicianship, teaching, and scholarship in the preparation of future music educators. The School of Music encourages the highest music standards for Music Education majors.
The Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Music Education provides comprehensive preparation in performance, music history, conducting, theory, piano competency, instrumental techniques, and music education methods in a Liberal Arts university setting. Students study with world-class artist-teachers and perform in University and professional performances. University ensembles range in size and level, providing ample opportunities to participate: from the chamber ensemble to choirs, orchestra, wind ensembles, and the fully staged opera production. The University's Study Abroad program includes choices of conservatories and universities in nearly every part of the world. Students choose an Instrumental or Vocal/Choral track for their degree and are encouraged to complete the coursework for both tracks. Music education faculty provides a wealth of knowledge and guidance as experienced K-12 and university practitioners.
The BM degree in Music Education leads to the School of Education Preliminary Teacher Credential Program for the California K-12 music teaching credential. Students are able to begin School of Education teacher credential coursework with the University's waiver program and have options to include credential coursework and student teaching in their undergraduate studies.
Basic Music Courses (all majors) plus:
MUAP 300–399 Private Instruction in the Major Instrument or Voice—for a total of 14 credits
MUS 151 String Instrument Techniques
MUS 133 Woodwind Instrument Techniques
MUS 134 Brass Instrument Techniques
MUS 131 Percussion Instrument Techniques
MUS 299** Upper-Division Qualifying Examination
MUS 307 World Music
MUS 339 Music in the Elementary School
MUS 356 Orchestration—2 credits
MUS 323 Choral Music at the Pre-College Level
MUS 312 Instrumental Music at the Pre-College Level
MUS 399 Junior Recital
MUS 498B Half Senior Recital (a minimum of 2 credits of private instruction)
Appropriate conducted ensemble—complete a total of 7 credits
Chamber Ensemble—2 credits
Additional Courses for the Music Education Major (Vocal Track)
MUS 211 Accompanying (keyboard majors)
MUS 224 German and Italian Vocal Literature and Diction
MUS 225 English and French Vocal Literature and Diction
MUS 436 Advanced Choral Conducting
Additional Courses for the Music Education Major (Instrumental Track)
MUS 141 Marching Band Techniques
MUS 211 Accompanying-2 credits (keyboard majors)
MUS 437 Advanced Instrumental Conducting
MUSI 124 Introduction to Voice
*For more information regarding Upper-Division Qualifying Jury Examination, see "MUS-299 Upper-Division Qualifying Jury Examination" in the catalog.
Single Subject Teaching Credential
Students interested in teaching music at the elementary and/or secondary level need to complete a Single-Subject Preliminary Teacher Credential Program in addition to finishing their baccalaureate degree. The courses taken in the Music Education major satisfy the Single-Subject Content Competency requirement for the Preliminary Teacher Credential; students who have not taken the Music Education major must pass the PRAXIS, SSAT, or CSET standardized examination for music to demonstrate content competency.
Students should consult with the music education advisor about their major and degree requirements. Students also need to contact the School of Education’s faculty advisor for undergraduate students to discuss information about undergraduate and post-baccalaureate teacher credential programs. Please refer to the School of Education section of the University Catalog or visit the School of Education website for further information about the Preliminary Single-Subject Teacher Credential and to view pathways for Music Education students.
Application Checklist - First-Year Student
The Common Application, including the personal essay and University of Redlands member questions
$50 application fee
Official transcripts from all secondary schools attended
One letter of recommendation from guidance/college counselor and/or the Common Application Secondary school report
One letter of recommendation from a teacher who can speak to your academic ability
Students whose native language is not English, cannot apply test-optional and may meet English proficiency by providing one of the following scores:
550 SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
21 ACT English and Reading Sections
TOEFL minimum 80iBT/550 paper based
IELTS minimum 6.5
iTEP minimum 3.9
Duolingo English Test (DET) minimum 105
Graduation from a secondary school in which the primary language of instruction is English
Certificate of Finances and proof of financial support
How to Apply
We encourage you to learn more about the School of Music programs by connecting with the Director of Music Admissions or a faculty member prior to applying for admission.
To be admitted to the School of Music undergraduate programs, you must also be admitted to the University of Redlands.
In addition to filing The Common Application, a Music Application and audition are required. The School of Music can only inform you of your audition results or scholarship recommendation after you have been officially admitted to the University of Redlands.
The University of Redlands offers Early Decision (Nov. 15), Early Action (Nov. 15), and Regular Decision (Jan. 15). The Transfer deadline for the fall priority decision is March 1. Applications submitted beyond these deadlines will be considered on a space-available basis. The application deadline for spring admission is November 1.
Auditions are required of all students who are planning to major or minor in music.
Auditions for spring and fall 2021 will be by video only. Once you submit your video audition you will be able to schedule an interview with our faculty.
The deadline for spring applicants is December 1st.
The deadline for fall applicants is March 1st.
Anyone wishing to participate in an ensemble while pursuing a major other than music is invited to apply and audition for a talent scholarship. Applicants interested in this opportunity should choose the Ensemble Only option on the music application.
Applicants must refer to the audition requirements for their primary instrument.
Video auditions should include:
An introduction of yourself
Answer the question "Why do you want to attend the University of Redlands?"
Announce the title of your piece and the name of your composer before performing each of your two selections