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Bachelor of Music, Music Education

music education students singing and at a pianoAt The University of Iowa, music education undergraduate students earn their musical performance degrees alongside their K-12 teaching certificates. This unique pairing provides students with top quality musicianship and academic preparation to enable them to excel in the complex role as music educators. 

Bachelor of Music with Certification

Students who want music teaching licensure must audition on their instrument or voice for admission into one of the performance studios (see Undergraduate Admission). 

Direct Admission for Eligible Freshmen: Any student who, upon graduation from high school, has a 3.0 high school GPA and who has been accepted into a music studio will be directly admitted into the K-12 Music Licensure Program. This admission is contingent upon submission and acceptance of official verification of the music students’ high school GPA prior to the start of freshman year, and completion of required paperwork (application form, Praxis Core, and 10 volunteer hours in K-12 school) prior to the start of the second semester freshmen year.

Successful applicants will then pursue a Bachelor of Music degree from the School of Music and take additional music education methods courses and professional education courses offered through the Department of Teaching & Learning in the College of Education. Students not directly admitted may apply to the College of Education Teacher Education Program (TEP) before the October 1 deadline during their sophomore year. Note: It takes 6 weeks from the date of a paper-based test for the Praxis 1 scores to arrive in the TEP office. Plan accordingly when completing admission materials. For more information, see the music education TEP webpages.

Scholarships and Awards

Multiple scholarships and awards exist for education students. View a complete list.

For more information on The University of Iowa music education area, please contact Mary Cohen at 319-335-3030 or