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Music Education

students playing recorders
The Music Education program at Southeast Missouri State is committed to encouraging the next generation of choir, band, orchestra and general music educators to find their place in the fulfilling work field, educating young musicians.

The Music Education program at Southeast Missouri State University provides a student-centered, experience based learning program. Our students receive personalized attention from excellent faculty who model life-long learning, and who are committed to student success. Our graduates contribute to the field of music education across the region and beyond.

Because the Department of Music solely focuses on undergraduate education, students have the opportunity to shine as performers and educators from their first week on campus. Students regularly have performance opportunities that might not otherwise be available to them at an institution with graduate students. This personalized attention in a conservatory-like setting sets Southeast apart from our peer colleges and universities. Hands-on experience through in-school practicum and student teaching placements, as well as through Southeast’s on-campus Music Academy mean that our students are actively making music, teaching and learning from their first experiences as freshmen. They are ready to launch successful careers after their student teaching internship.

Opportunities to become fluent users of educational technology are seamlessly integrated in to the Music Education curriculum. Southeast Missouri State University's goal is to develop teacher candidates that will be leaders in the use of current and emergent technology to enhance the learning outcomes for all students. We see technology as a tool to be integrated in to the classroom with students for the betterment of all. Students use an iPad for all education classes, and cutting edge technology and support are available through the internationally recognized EDvolution Center.

Students and faculty in the music education program practice scholarship and hold positions of leadership in professional organizations across the state. Students have the opportunity to attend professional conferences such as the Missouri Music Educators Association conference each January. Through engagement in professional organizations, students connect with current music educators and create important professional contacts.

Southeast graduates join a network of distinguished alumni, including some who serve as leaders in our field across the region. 95% of our music education graduates achieve successful job placement. Completion of this degree track grants the student certification to teach in the state of Missouri.

For more information about beginning your journey as a music educator, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Hogan McFarland

Southeast Missouri State offers two degree options in music education. Requirements for all music education majors include music theory and aural skills, music history, conducting, liberal arts courses, education and music education classes. For more information about a specific degree program, please click the links below:

Bachelor of Music Education

Bachelor of Music Education

Instrumental (Degree Map)
Voice (Degree Map)

Prospective students are always welcome to visit the River Campus to get a taste of what student life is like at Southeast. For more information, please follow the links below

Ensembles & Performance Opportunities

Music Education Facilities

The Music Education program at Southeast is situated on one of the finest facilities for the arts in the state, the River Campus. Southeast’s River Campus provides classroom, rehearsal and practice facilities, an extension of our campus library, as well as state of the art performance halls, a residence hall and a campus dining facility. You’ll immediately become immersed in a conclave of artists in music, theater, dance, and visual art. Additionally, all facilities on the main campus including the main library, recreational facilities, dining facilities, and more are available to all students at Southeast. Music Education students receive support from the College of Education, including an internationally recognized educational technology resource called The EDvolution Center. A free shuttle regularly runs between both campuses.


River Campus Seminary 254
Department of Music
One University Plaza, MS 7800
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701