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Bachelor of Music Education

The School of Music, in collaboration with the College of Education and Human Services, offers the Music Education curriculum for the preparation of teachers of general classroom, instrumental, and choral music. All majors must pass a piano proficiency examination before enrolling in a full-semester internship. Graduates of the program receive the degree and are eligible to apply for a Florida Professional Certificate valid for five years to teach music in grades K-12. 

Upon successful completion of an audition and theory placement test and acceptance into the School of Music, freshmen and sophomore students interested in pursuing music education should consult with an advisor for music education in the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE). Junior and senior students should consult with an advisor for music education in the College of Arts and Sciences.


The Music Education major prepares students for a life in music. Graduates will demonstrate mastery of music content knowledge and teaching skills that leads to effective instruction in music education. The core learning objectives of the program are correlated to the National Association of Schools of Music standards and the Florida Accomplished Practices at the pre-professional level.


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Audition Requirements


  1. Two movements from the following list of solos, preferably from two different solos: 
    • Weber Concerto No. 1 
    • Mozart Clarinet Concerto 
    • Weber Concertino 
    • Poulenc Sonata




    One movement from above list and one contrasting Rose 32 etude.


  2. All major scales and arpeggios.



Repertoire should include keyboard percussion, snare drum, and timpani.

  1. Keyboard:
    • Two Mallet solo from Koshinski, Becker or G.H. Green Xylophone Solos or 2 mallet Bach suite movement
    • Representative/Suggested 4 mallet Marimba solos: Abe Michi or Wind in the Bamboo Groves, Burritt October Night or Preludes, Musser Etudes, Sammut Rotations, Tanaka Two Movements for Marimba, Rosauro Concerto for Marimba, Trevino Song Book or Strive to Be Happy
  2. Snare Drum
    • Cirone Portraits in Rhythm, Delecluse Etude no. 1 or 6 from Douze Etudes, Peters Intermediate or Advanced Snare Drum Studies
    • Wilcoxon The All American Drummer or Modern Swing Solos
  3. Timpani
    • Beck Sonata for Timpani, Firth The Solo Timpanist, Hochrainer Etudes for Timpani, Peters Etudes   

Sight reading required.



  1. A work from the Baroque style period (i.e. a Two- or Three-Part Inversion or Prelude and Fugue by J.S. Bach, a dance movement or suite, etc.) 
  2. A movement from a Classical sonata (i.e. Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert) 
  3. A work from either the 19th, 20th, or 21st century 
  4. 4-octave scales and arpeggios in all major and minor keys
  5. Sight reading  

Woodwinds, Brass, Strings

  1. Prepare a solo of appropriate difficulty. Auditions should display musical maturity through expression, technique and stylistic interpretation. Solos need not be memorized but should reflect a high degree of familiarity and careful preparation by the performer. The use of an accompanist is optional, but recommended.* 
  2. Auditionees will be asked to perform major and minor scales and arpeggios in various keys.
  3. Auditionees will be required to sight-read. 
  4. Auditionees will be expected to demonstrate knowledge of common musical terms and symbols, keys, and time signatures. 
  5. Upon arrival to UNF, accepted auditionees who submitted recordings must demonstrate abilities required by items 2, 3 and 4 above.  


  1. Please prepare three classical selections in contrasting styles. 
  2. Stylistic preference should be given to standard art songs and/or arias from the baroque, classical, romantic, and 20th century classical repertoire. Musical Theater and folk song selections sung in English are also acceptable. 
  3. At least one selection must be in a language other than English with linguistic preference given to Italian, German, French, Latin or Spanish. Classical selections in Portuguese, Russian, Czech, or Polish are also acceptable. 
  4. The entire audition should be memorized and performed with live piano accompaniment. (If you need an accompanist, one will be available at the audition. Please bring a copy of your music and $35 cash or check for the accompanist fee).
  5. Applicants will also be required to sing short sight-singing excerpts and vocal exercises led by the faculty. 
  6. Applicants are required to wear appropriate and professional audition attire.