Bachelor of Education in Music

Undergraduate Music Education

The Music Education Area at the University of Hawaii-Manoa is a comprehensive program dedicated to providing the public schools with highly trained professionals at all levels. Undergraduate study leads toward the Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) degree and provides for concentration in one or more of two teaching areas: choral/general music, and instrumental music (band or orchestra). A State of Hawaii Teaching Certificate is reciprocally recognized in over 30 other states as well. A minor in music education is also available for students whose primary interest is in another related field.

Undergraduates who are interested in becoming certified to teach music in the public schools normally begin their curriculum under the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) program. Following the successful completion of approximately 1/3-1/2 of required coursework (about two years), students then apply for admission to the College of Education. During this application period they will undergo a review of their file and transcripts, examinations, a personal interview, and if admitted, proceed to complete the necessary coursework leading to the professional semester (student teaching) and certification.

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Course Requirements

The undergraduate program in music education offers concentrations in one of two areas: choral/general music or instrumental. These include a well-rounded list of courses in basic musicianship and teaching methods as well as many field-based, hands-on experiences for the prospective music teacher. All students pursuing this degree will receive intensive instruction in all aspects of music teaching K-12 regardless of concentration area. Music education students also participate in the Music Department's nationally recognized ensembles and perform a solo recital during the Junior or Senior year.

There are two possible tracks for the Bachelor of Education in Music:

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University of Hawai`i at Manoa NAfME Collegiate Chapter

The Collegiate Chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) at the University of Hawai`i Manoa consists of both music education and non-music education majors that have an interest in perpetuating the importance of our musical culture through education, performance, and community service. This years membership has more than quadrupled in size and has assisted with a number of seminars and campus service projects including the painting and refurbishment of the Music Department's courtyard practice rooms. New members are always encouraged and welcome to join their ranks. More information is available on the organization through their website at

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