Music Education as a Second Degree

The bachelor of music education is a 45 credit hour program designed to prepare kindergarten to grade 12 music teachers in all facets of school music education: foundations of music education; primary/elementary and intermediate/secondary classroom music; and choral and instrumental music education. It can normally be completed in three semesters, including a one-semester internship.

The bachelor of music education as a second degree normally commences in the fall semester. The deadline for submission of application is January 15.

Admission Requirements

  1. Applications for admission are considered once a year, normally in the fall semester. Consideration will be given to the winter semester courses for which students are registered at the time of application.
  2. A candidate who has been awarded a bachelor’s degree in music (or equivalent) from a recognized post-secondary institution may be admitted to the program provided that the pattern of courses for the first degree is acceptable to the Selections Committee of the Faculty of Education. This pattern normally includes courses or equivalent experiences in conducting and instrumental techniques (brass, wood winds, strings and percussion).

Supporting documents

Academic Reference: From a faculty member of the School of Music who has taught or supervised you and is familiar with your academic abilities.

Non-Academic Reference: From an individual who is familiar with your contribution to work/volunteer.

Referees' names and email addresses will be requested and collected electronically by the Office of the Registrar during the online application process. Referrees will be contacted by the Office of the Registrar shortly after submission of your online application for admission.

Personal Statement: Prepare a detailed statement in essay format (1 page) indicating why you feel you would be a good teacher. Focus on your experience working with or teaching children, including volunteer work; any training relevant to the field of education, including awards or certificates earned; and your personal qualities, skills and interests which you feel make you a good candidate for admission to the program. (This information is collected electronically during the online application process.)

Resume: Focus on your music experiences personally and/or professionally. This information is collected electronically during the online application process, but can also be submitted directly to the Office of the Registrar 

Official transcripts from institutions other than Memorial University are to be submitted at the time of application indicating courses in progress and courses completed. Official transcripts are to be sent directly from the awarding Institution to The Office of the Registrar, Memorial University. Your final transcript indicating the award of your first Bachelor’s Degree and/or Winter Semester grades must be received by the Office of the Registrar no later than June 15.

Career Opportunities

The music education program is a very versatile degree. While there is
emphasis on the K–12 school system, the skills and knowledge-base apply equally to all forms of personal instructional opportunities. Private teachers and those wishing to go on towards a career in university teaching will all benefit from this program.

Sample courses

ED 3920 - Instrumental Teaching Methods
ED 4260 - Engaging the Adolescent Learner
ED 4362 - Sociological Perspectives on Teaching and Learning

Still have questions?

If you have further questions about the bachelor of music education as a second degree, please contact Roxanne Mchugh, Undergraduate Admissions Officer with the Faculty of Education
at 709.864.3406 or email

Apply to this program