Music Education

UK subscribes to the philosophy that training in music education should be as practical and hands-on as possible. The undergraduate curriculum includes a series of seminars that integrate the real experiences of the music teacher in the elementary or secondary schools with the development of skills for becoming an outstanding teacher. From the practical experience of conducting and rehearsing the school band, chorus or orchestra to the development of a highly personal philosophy of teaching music, these seminars provide a rich foundation on which to build a successful career. In addition to the seminars, the music education majors also specialize in the teaching of general music in the elementary school with emphasis on the Orff-Schulwerk approach, the vocal majors with two principal courses, the instrumental majors with one. An elementary music education laboratory, complete with instruments, music books, method materials, and technological equipment is part of the Lucille Little Fine Arts Library and is used extensively by music education students at all levels and by elementary education students from the College of Education. A comprehensive study of brass, woodwind, percussion and string instruments are included in the curriculum at varying degrees, depending on the specialization and student background. A rich environment of successful school programs in Lexington/Fayette County and surrounding counties provide students with a wealth of opportunities for observations throughout their sophomore and junior years and for their semester-long student teaching experience.

The School of Music is particularly proud that alumni in music education are teaching in the public schools of some 26 states around the country as well as in prestigious positions at major universities such as UCLA, University of Florida, Florida State University, Syracuse University, University of Colorado, Colorado State University, Middle Tennessee University and the University of Kentucky as well as a number of smaller colleges and universities.

For music education majors at UK, even though preparation for teaching is a primary goal, it is equally important that all students are expected to be well-trained musicians. In most cases, there is minimal difference between the performance and academic expectations for music education majors and those who are classified as performance majors. An outstanding performance faculty in voice, keyboard, strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion provides superior instruction for all music education majors.  Related to the development of musicianship for all music education majors is the experience of playing in outstanding performing organizations.  See our many ensembles for performance opportunities.

Certificates in Orff Schulwerk and Dalcroze Eurhythmics are available to graduate students through our Music Education Summer Training Program!


Music Education majors may choose between a vocal/elementary general music track or an instrumental (band/orchestra) track. See the School of Music Admissions & Auditions page for more information about applying to be a music major or graduate student.

Bachelor of Music in Music Education

The major in music education is the joint concern of the School of Music in the College of Fine Arts and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education. Admission to the program is granted only after the successful completion of an audition in the student's performance area. In addition to completing the required courses, the student must present a half-recital or the equivalent on the major instrument or in voice during or after the sixth semester of study.

Music education majors who wish to receive a teaching certificate must meet the certification requirements of the College of Education, as well as the requirements for the College of Fine Arts. To qualify for student teaching and state teacher certification, a student must be officially admitted into the Teacher Education Program. Certification also requires successful completion of the NTE/Praxis II and a one-year paid internship. Additional information on TEP, NTE/Praxis II, certification and internship is outlined in the College of Education section of the Bulletin.

For complete information about entrance and course requirements, please see the current UK Bulletin. The requirements below have been condensed for brevity and presented for your convenience.

UK Core Requirements (30 credit hours)

Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement 

  • EPE 301 Education in American Culture (3 credit hours)

Professional Education Requirements

  • EDP 202 Human Development and Learning (3 credit hours)
  • EDP 203 Teaching Exceptional Learners in Regular Classrooms (3 credit hours)
  • EPE 301 Education in American Culture (3 credit hours)
  • EDC 377 Student Teaching in Music (12 credit hours)
  • Computer Competency: MUS 317 or EDC 317 or equivalent (0-1 credit hours)

Professional Subtotal: 21-22 credit hours

General Music Requirements

  • Recital Attendance: (four courses – 0 credit hours)
  • Music Theory: MUS 170, 171, 172, 173, 270, 271, 272, 273, 371, 372 (20 credit hours)
  • Music History: MUS 203, 302, 303 (9 credit hours)
  • Performance: MUP course in chosen major performance area (12 credit hours)
  • Senior Recital (MUP 440): the successful completion of one half a solo recital must be completed for graduation. 
  • Ensembles (one of which must be a chamber music ensemble) (6 credit hours)
  • Electives (6 credit hours)

General Subtotal: 53 credit hours

Major Performance Area Requirements

All music majors must pass a piano proficiency examination and should schedule, in consultation with their advisor, a suitable course each semester until this requirement is completed. Students with little or no prior piano study should normally expect to complete the piano proficiency examination by the end of four semesters of study. Music Education majors should pass the piano proficiency examination at least two semesters before student teaching.

Depending on the area of interest, the student must select one of the major performance areas below: 


  • Diction: MUS 120 (two semesters) (2 credit hours)
  • Piano proficiency (0-4 credit hours)
  • Music Education: MUS 262, 264, 360, 361, 362 (15 credit hours)
  • Secondary Instruments (3 credit hours)
    • Choose three of the following: MUC 157​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​, MUC 158​​​​​​​​​​​​​​, MUC 161​​​​​​​​​​​​​​, MUC 163

Vocal Subtotal: 20-24 credit hours


A voice proficiency test must be passed prior to student teaching.

  • Piano proficiency (0-4 credit hours)
  • Minor Performance: MUP 102, 202 (3 credit hours)
  • Pedagogy and Literature (3 credit hours)
  • Select one of the following: MUS 522, MUS 523, MUS 566
  • Music Education: MUS 262, 264, 360, 361, 362 (15 credit hours)
  • Secondary Instruments (3 credit hours)
    • Choose three of the following:​​​​​​​ MUC 157, MUC 158​​​​​​​, MUC 161​​​​​​​, MUC 163

Keyboard Subtotal: 24 credit hours

Woodwinds, Brass, Strings, Percussion

  • Piano proficiency (0-4 credit hours)
  • Secondary Instruments Brass, Woodwind and String
  • Choose 5 credit hours from:​​​​​​​ MUC 158​​​​​​​, MUC 161​​​​​​, MUC 163
  • Plus 1 credit hour MUC 157

Percussion (6 credit hours)

  • Take two hours each of: MUC 158, MUC 161, MUC 163
  • Music Education: MUS 263, 265, 360, 363, 365 (15 credit hours)


Woodwinds, Brass, Strings, Percussion Subtotal: 21-25 credit hours

Total: 125-131 credit hours

Master of Music in Music Education

Delivered via: Internet, Practicum, Onsite Instruction

The School of Music offers courses leading towards the Master of Music Degree concentrating in Music Education. Requirements of 30 hours may be completed via Internet courses and summer offerings onsite. Students desiring concentration in Orff Schulwerk must spend at least two weeks on the UK Campus for three summers. Internet courses and other on-site courses are offered during regular semesters as well. Some courses require a few meetings. Many teachers keep their school jobs while completing this degree; however, careful course planning is crucial in order to enroll in specific courses during summers.

Certificates in Orff Schulwerk and Dalcroze Eurhythmics are available through our Music Education Summer Training Program!

Those interested in more details should contact either Dr. Martina Vasil ( or Dr. David Sogin (

Teacher Education Program

Coordinator Michael Hudson, 859-218-1476

TEP Information at a Glance

Due Dates:
Information on the deadline for submitting materials in application for the Teacher Education Program can be found on the UK College of Education Academic Calendar. These deadlines are normally in the first full week of classes in each semester.

Applying for the Teacher Education Program


Apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program after 45 hours of study. This will normally be at the middle of the sophomore year. Application packets are available in Room 166 of Taylor Education Building or on-line as listed below.

In order to apply you must:

  • have 45 hours of credit,
  • a GPA of 2.75 or greater and
  • have completed either MUS 262 or MUS 263 and EDC 202 with a C or better.
  • you must take the Praxis Core Academic Skills Test with a passing score for all three sections of the test. Reading - 156, Writing – 162, and Math - 150

Follow the deadlines provided in the most current TEP site of the College of Education Web pages. Deadlines are normally within the first two weeks of each semester.

If you wish to see the College of Education web site regarding TEP admission requirements go to:

For downloading TEP admission packet:

The Admission Packet includes the following (all of which must be completed and turned in to the College of Education by the TEP deadline as listed on the College of Education Calendar):

  • TEP Application
  • Basic Information/Academic History form
  • Character and Fitness Review form
  • Standards Sets Self-Assessment Worksheet
  • Three letters of recommendation, using blank forms included in packet (one must be from a college instructor).
  • Proof of successful completion of Basic Skills Test (ACT, SAT, Praxis I), usually included in UK records/transcript.
  • Transcripts from all higher education institutions (UK transcript can be unofficial).
  • A check or money order for $30.


(The TEP Portfolio and the Admission Interview)

All candidates who have applied for the TEP program by the stated deadline will have an interview with the members of the Music Education Program Faculty. This event takes place approximately three weeks after the deadline for applying for TEP. Candidates will be notified with further instructions about time and place for the interview and for submitting the TEP Admission Portfolio.

Admission Portfolio

The Admission Portfolio consists of the following two parts:

Part I. The College of Education will send the letters (forms) of recommendation and your transcript to the Program Faculty.

Part II. The following must be emailed as a single PDF attachment to the Music Education Program Faculty Chair, Dr. Michael Hudson at approximately two weeks prior to the TEP interview

  • A current résumé
  • Three essays (2 pages double spaced is adequate):
    1. Your philosophy of teaching in music education
    2. A paper that describes the experiences you have had working with youth and the impact of those experiences on you.
    3. A paper that discusses an educational issue that is currently newsworthy. Express and defend your opinion in relation to this issue.


Apply for Student Teaching a year prior to the semester you intend to student teach. Applications are available on-line or in Room 104 of the Taylor Education Building.

Interview with the School of Music’s Supervisor of student teaching, Dr. Michael Hudson at least a full semester before student teaching begins. (If you plan to student teach in the fall, interview late in the previous fall semester or very early in the spring semester.) This interview will relate to potential placements and to what experiences you would like to have in your student teaching.

In order to be accepted for student teaching, you must have:

  • completed all education and music education courses with a minimal grade of C in every course and an overall 2.75 GPA in those courses
  • maintained an overall 2.75 GPA
  • passed the piano proficiency at least two semesters before beginning student teaching.
  • 200 hours of field experience documented in OTIS

(If you intend to student teach in the fall semester, you must pass the piano proficiency by the previous fall semester. If you intend to student teach in the spring semester, you must pass the piano proficiency by the spring semester of the previous year.)

  • Read and agree to follow the Code of Ethics as stated in the Teacher Education Program documents.

Note: Student teaching is a 12 credit course. It is not recommended that you take additional work or plan your senior recital during this time. However, it is possible to take up to 15 hours in the student teaching semester if it is necessary.


Student Teaching is the culmination of your years of training in music, music education, and professional education. The course for music student teachers is EDC 377. The syllabus states:

The primary objective of the student teaching experience is to provide opportunities for practical application of the music education/teacher training curriculum and to provide the student teacher a most important transition from student to a practicing music teaching professional. The people (teachers, students, principals and supervisors), the environment (a real school, real classes, and professional attitudes), and the assignment (prepare/plan, teach, and assess yourself and your students) provide this bridge to your future as a teacher.

A formal exit portfolio is a document required by the Student Teaching Syllabus and will be explained as part of the student teaching requirement. The experience also culminates in the completion by the student teacher and the Cooperating Teacher of the document Student Teacher in Music Performance Assessment Form – K12 Music Certification based on the Ten Kentucky Teacher Standards.


After completing the student teaching and all other requirements for a music education degree, the prospective teacher must seek certification. Certification to teach in Kentucky requires all prospects to take the series of Praxis Exams -

  • Music: Content and Instruction (5114) Passing Score - 162
  • Principles of Learning and Teaching (Grade level selective) Passing Score - 160

Study guides for preparing for these tests are available on-line (, then go to Praxis II) and in the Education Library.

The final step after successfully completing the Praxis tests is to apply for Teaching Certification in music, K-12, through the College of Education.


To learn more about Praxis testing, go to  To access study guides, go to

Information, sample questions and helpful tips for each of the tests are available from the web site.

Music Education Faculty

Associate Director of the School of Music, Professor
Voice, Music Education, Associate Director of Choirs
101 Wessells House
Music Education
Office N/A
Music Education
Office N/A

Email N/A

Associate Professor
Music Education
147 Fine Arts
Office N/A
Part Time Instructor
Music Education
105 Fine Arts Building
Music Education
202 Wessells House
Assistant Professor
Music Education, Director of Orff Schulwerk and Dalcroze Summer Institute
203 Wessell’s House
Office N/A
Director of Music Therapy
Associate Professor
319 Rose Lane, Office 203