The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education provides the proper training for a teaching career. Covering a wide range of disciplines, the course of study provides the future music educator with the knowledge, skills, understanding, and attitudes necessary for becoming a successful teacher of music.

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The Bachelor of Arts in Music Education provides essential training, knowledge, and skills necessary for a teaching career in choral, instrumental, or general music.

General Requirements

Entrance Audition
All prospective music majors must perform an admissions audition on their instrument of concentration for the music faculty. A description of repertoire expectations and the standard procedure for the audition can be found on the college website at

Entrance Examination

All incoming freshmen music majors must undergo an entrance examination in order to determine their knowledge of music theory and to evaluate basic musicianship such as aural skills. Success on this examination may permit the student to exempt Music 119, Fundamentals of Music Theory. Performance on the examination will not prevent a student from becoming a music major.

Piano Proficiency

Students may take a piano proficiency pre-examination in order to determine proper placement in the piano class sequence.  All music students are required to pass a piano proficiency examination. This examination is generally given upon successful completion of required piano classes. Those not completing all portions of this examination must continue class piano study or private study until the proficiency is passed. The requirements of the proficiency may be found in the Music Department Handbook.

Ensemble Participation
Participation in the appropriate principal ensemble is required of every music student each semester of enrollment unless registered for Music 452 or 453.

Music Seminar/Recital Attendance
All music majors are required to attend the weekly seminars and various student, faculty, and guest artist recitals. Only one absence will be permitted during a semester. Excessive absences will result in the lowering of the student’s applied lesson grade and may jeopardize the music scholarship award.

Junior Qualifying Examinations
Music students are required to pass a Junior Qualifying Examination at the end of their sophomore year, or the fourth semester of college study, demonstrating an appropriate level of proficiency. Detailed requirements may be found in the Music Department Handbook.

Recital Requirements
Music students are required to perform in a student recital each semester they are enrolled in applied study. All music students are required to present a half-recital (30 minutes minimum) in their Senior year. All formal recitals are auditioned by the music faculty at least one month prior to their presentation. Students are expected to play a complete program at their pre-hearing, which will be judged by the faculty on a pass-fail basis. The student must pass the pre-hearing in order to gain approval to schedule the recital. Students may perform only one pre-hearing per semester. Letter grades will be given by the music faculty following the formal recital.

Exit Examination
The recitals presented in partial fulfillment of the Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Music and the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education are considered Exit Examinations in the applied music area. In addition, all music degree candidates are required to take a written Exit Examination which is given during the first week of the final semester of the student's program of study.

Requirements for Teacher Certification in Music Education in South Carolina (Grades K-12)
  1. A Bachelor's Degree
  2. Completion of required courses in an approved Music Education Program
  3. Passing scores on the Praxis II tests required by South Carolina

Please refer to the Teacher Education Program information page for information surrounding its goals and application processes.

Fast Facts

  • A wide variety of scholarships and financial support is available to students major in music education as well as those who participate in music ensembles.
  • Over the last 20 years, students in Chorus at Limestone have enjoyed performance trips and tours to NYC, Salt Lake City, Washington D.C., London, Austria, and Germany. Band members have done likewise several times to Orlando and to London. * (this could also be included in the Music degree page)
  • All graduates pursuing music teaching positions in the schools are successfully employed in that setting.

Requirement Notes

  • Limestone's required Competency & General Education courses.
  • A total of 131 credit hours A grade of "C" or better must be earned in all music coursework.
  • A passing score on the Departmental Entrance Examination or successful completion of MU119 Piano Proficiency courses from MU 102, 103, 203, and 204; or successful completion of the Piano Proficiency Examination.
  • The required courses listed above (31 credit hours). Applied lessons including 2 credit hours at 100-level, 2 at 200-level, 2 at 300-level, 1 at 400 level, and Senior Recital (8 credit hours).
  • Primary Music Ensemble (4 credit hours)
  • Secondary Music Ensemble (2 credit hours)
  • Piano courses including the Class Piano sequence (4 credit hours)
  • Emphasis Music Courses for Vocal - MU 312 & MU452; or Instrumental - MU213 & MU453 (13 credit hours)

* This major includes three AWE courses (9 credit hours)

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