Sep 22, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music Education, Instrumental and General Music, B.M.

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Requirements for the major in music education, B.M., specialization in instrumental and general music

Admission to Music degree programs

Admission to the music degree programs at Oakland University (OU) is a two-tiered process, except for the B.A. in Music. The first step in the process for all students is the entrance audition. These auditions are held several times a year and determine whether or not a student will be admitted to OU in any of these degree programs. For all B.M. programs, the second step is the major standing audition, which determines whether students may continue in the program, and if they can be admitted into a professional program in the school.

Entrance auditions

Entrance audition days are held several times each year. The audition schedule and downloadable application are available on the school website. Please submit application to the department office. Students should be prepared to demonstrate proficiency in their proposed area of specialization.

  • Students seeking admission to Oakland University as music majors or auditioned music minors must audition for the music faculty.
  • Students who audition and do not enroll within two semesters must re-audition. Students who enroll and leave school for at least two semesters must re-audition.
  • Music students who enroll and leave school must re-audition and also retake the theory placement exam.


The Bachelor of Music degree is intended for students who wish pre-professional and professional preparation in music education and/or performance. Students should consult the Student Resources link and should also consult with the departmental adviser in the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office to plan their degree program. See: Student Resourses

Only major courses in which a grade of at least C has been earned will count toward the major. A minimum grade of B is required in all professional courses, marked with an asterisk (*) in the list below. Application for music education major standing takes place upon completion of all freshman and sophomore coursework.

For this program, MUS 1331  satisfies the general education arts requirement; MUS 3331 , 3332 , and 4431  count as writing intensive in the major: and MUS 4431  counts as the general education capstone.

Degree requirements are as follows:


Applied music - 23 credits (or placement)

Music history, theory, and world music - 28 credits (or placement)

Language - 4 credits

  • Must choose a foreign language to fulfill general education foreign language requirement (not ALS or ML)

Ensembles - 8 credits

Must enroll in a large ensemble that uses the primary performance area every semester of major until graduation (except when enrolled in MUS 4952).


Application for music education major standing takes place upon completion of all freshman and sophomore coursework

All students, including guitar and piano students, must register for the appropriate choral/instrumental large ensemble to align with their choral/instrumental music education track and to align with their future internship placement.

Non-credit requirements

  • Events attendance requirement: Students must complete four attendance cards (ten events each year for four years). May include up to 4 pre-approved music service learning events in underserved communities per year.
  • One events attendance card must be submitted by the time of major standing.
  • Major Standing

Application for music education major standing takes place upon completion of all freshman and sophomore coursework.

Additional Information

In addition to these major requirements, students must complete the Oakland University General Education Requirements  and an appropriate number of free elective classes to meet the overall credit requirement for the degree (in most cases 124; some degrees may require a greater number).

As a general rule, no more than eight credits of course work used to satisfy one major, minor or concentration may be applied toward another, but exceptions to this rule may be allowed with the written approval of the program coordinators.

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