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A instrumental performance music education degree will prepare you for a career teaching and state certification for K-12 general and instrumental music education. And, with an emphasis in general education, liberal arts, experiential learning, and leadership, we know you’ll be ready. 

What You’ll Do  

As an instrumental music education major at Southeast, you will study the pedagogy, techniques, literature of your applied instrument, as well as music theory and music history. 

  • Attend classes on Southeast’s River Campus, a campus solely dedicated to the arts. 
  • Gain hands-on experience working in K-12 classrooms during your program.
  • Be prepared for your career as Southeast’s program has one of the highest required field hour experiences in the state.
  • Interact with nationally recognized performing artists and educators. 
  • Study in a program that is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. 

Opportunities in Music at SEMO

What You'll Study

The instrumental music education curriculum includes core coursework to prepare you for a career teaching music. You’ll complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to complete this degree, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours.

Music Education – Instrumental Option – 64-66 hours – No Minor Required

Professional Education Requirements: 37 Hours

  • EF400 Seminar in Educational Issues for Student Teachers (1)
  • EX390 Psych & Education of the Exceptional Child (3)
  • ME222 Principles of Teaching Music (3)
  • ME270 Field Experience Block II (1)
  • ME370 Field Experience Block III (1)
  • ME371 Techniques of Teaching General Music: Elementary and Secondary (3)
  • ME465 Student Teaching (12)
  • PY222 Development of the Adolescent (3)
  • SE307 Content Literacy Methods (3)
  • SE350 Pedagogy I: Principles of Effective Teaching in Middle and Secondary Schools (3)
  • SE365 Pedagogy II: Secondary School (4)
  • SE385 Pedagogy 3: Advanced Methods of Middle and Secondary Teaching (3)
A minimum grade of "C" is required in each professional education course.

Required Courses:

  • ME001 Senior Recital (0)
  • ME450 Synthesis of Music Education Methods (2)
  • H251 History & Literature of Music to 1800 (3)
  • MH252 Evolution of Musical Style Since 1800 (3)
  • MM001 Aural Skills (0)
  • MM002 Aural Skills (0)
  • MM099 Music Theory Lab (1)
  • MM101 Theories of Music in Culture (3)
  • MM102 Basic Harmony & Form (3)
  • MM105 Aural Skills I (1)
  • MM106 Aural Skills II (1)
  • MM203 Advanced Harmony, Form & Counterpoint (3)
  • MM204 Twentieth Century Techniques (3)
  • MM207 Aural Skills III (1)
  • MM208 Aural Skills IV (1)
  • MM314 Instrumentation & Arranging (2)
  • MP1xx Applied Music (1+1)
  • MP2xx Applied Music (1+1)
  • MP3xx Applied Music (2+2)
  • MP4xx Applied Music (1)
  • MU001 Piano Proficiency (0)
  • MU002 Sophomore Review (0)
  • MU110 Recitals & Concerts (seven semesters) (0)
  • MU151 Functional Piano I (1)
  • MU152 Functional Piano II (1)
  • MU253 Functional Piano III (1)
  • MU254 Functional Piano IV (1)
  • MU341 Basic Conducting (2)

Choose 3 Hours:

  • MH 310 American Musical Experience (3)
  • MH 402 Music in World Cultures (3)

Instrumental Option

  • ME250 Trumpet & Horn Techniques (1)
  • ME251 Trombone/Euphonium/Tuba Tech (1)
  • ME252 Flute & Double Reed Techniques (1)
  • ME253 Single Reed Techniques (1)
  • ME260 String Techniques (1)
  • ME261 Percussion Techniques (1)
  • ME372 Instrumental Techniques: Elementary and Secondary (3)
  • ME400 Marching Band Techniques (2)
  • MU220 Vocal Techniques (1)
  • MU344 Conducting/ Wind Lit (2)
  • MU3xx Instrumental Ensemble (7)*

*Refer to Student Handbook for ensemble options

“Critical Courses” are italicized and bold. Data shows that students who have completed this course in the first two years and have earned the noted grade are most likely to complete this program of study.

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

Freshman Year 

Fall Semester (14-15 Hours) 

  • UI100 (1) 
  • EN100 (3) 
  • MM001 (0) 
  • MM099 (1) 
  • MM101 (3) 
  • MM105 (1) 
  • MP1xx (1) 
  • MU3xx (large ensemble) (1) 
  • MU110 (0) 
  • MU151 (or proficiency) (1) 
  • General Education (3)  

Spring Semester (18-19 Hours) 

  • ME222 (3) 
  • MM102 (3) 
  • MM106 (1) 
  • MP1xx (1) 
  • MU110 (0) 
  • MU152 (or proficiency) (1) 
  • MU3xx (large ensemble) (1) 
  • PY222 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Milestone: Maintain 2.75 cumulative GPA, Complete MEP 

Sophomore Year 

Fall Semester (18-19 Hours) 

  • MH251 (3) 
  • MM203 (3) 
  • MM207 (1) 
  • MP2xx (1) 
  • MU110 (0) 
  • MU253 (or proficiency) (1) 
  • MU3xx (large ensemble) (1) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (18-19 Hours) 

  • MH252 (3) 
  • MM002 (0) 
  • MM204 (3) 
  • MM208 (1) 
  • MP2xx (1) 
  • MU001 (0) 
  • MU002 (0) 
  • MU110 (0) 
  • MU254 (or proficiency) (1) 
  • MU3xx (large ensemble) (1) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Milestone: Maintain 2.75 cumulative GPA, Passing score MoGEA 

Summer Courses are encouraged to avoid 18-hour semesters.

Junior Year 

Fall Semester (17 Hours) 

  • EX390 (3) 
  • ME251 (1) 
  • ME252 (1) 
  • ME260 (1) 
  • MM314 (2) 
  • MP3xx (2) 
  • MU220 (1) 
  • MU341(2) 
  • MU110 (0) 
  • MU3xx (large ensemble) (1) 
  • SE350 (3) 

Spring Semester (19 Hours) 

  • SE365 (4) 
  • SE307 (3) 
  • ME371 (3) 
  • ME270 (1)  
  • ME261 (1) 
  • ME250 (1)  
  • ME253 (1) 
  • MU344 (2) 
  • MP3xx (2) 
  • MU110 (0) 
  • MU3xx (large ensemble) (1) 

Senior Year 

Fall Semester (15 Hours) 

  • ME001 (0) 
  • ME372 (3) 
  • ME370 (1) 
  • ME400 (1) 
  • ME450 (2) 
  • MH310 (3) 
  • MP4xx (1) 
  • MU110 (0) 
  • MU3xx (large ensemble) (1) 
  • SE385 (3) 

Spring Semester (13 Hours) 

  • EF400 (1) 
  • ME465 (12) 

Milestone: Prior to last semester: Passing score Mo Content Exams, 2.75 cumulative GPA, 3.0 GPA in content; 3.0 GPA in pedagogy; all content and professional education coursework complete.

A “Milestone” signifies a significant stage for a student in the completion of a degree.

“Critical Courses” are italicized and bold. Data shows that students who have completed this course in the first two years and have earned the noted grade are most likely to complete this program of study.

Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.

Outcomes & Careers

  • 100%

    Successful Outcomes Rate

    Students graduating with degrees from the Department of Music report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation. 

  • $63k

    High School Teacher

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a high school teacher is $62,870. 

  • $85k

    Music Professor

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a music professor is $84,780. 

  • $52k

    Music Director

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a music director is $52,250. 

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