Undergraduate Degrees

BM Music Education

Bachelor of Music in Music Education


Michigan State University Application

Complete the online application to Michigan State University. There is a nonrefundable application fee. Review the MSU Office of Admissions website, especially the Dates and Deadlines page. Apply in early fall to avoid enrollment restrictions and no later than November 1 to ensure that you will be considered for scholarships.  NOTE TO TRANSFER APPLICANTS: The Nov. 1 deadline does not apply to transfers applicants.  MSU typically does not open the transfer application until mid-November.  Please complete this application whenever it becomes available.

College of Music Supplemental Application

Submit this supplemental application for admission and scholarship consideration. There is a $30 nonrefundable application fee.  Deadline is December 1.

Audition

Use the College of Music Supplemental Application (link above) to request an audition date.  Audition dates are listed here.

Music Education Interview/Aural Skills Test

When you come to the College of Music for your audition, you will also be scheduled for an interview and aural skills test with a music education faculty member. The purpose of the interview and aural skills test is to provide our admissions committee with a more complete picture of your qualifications as a music education student.

During the interview, you will be asked questions about your musical background, your academic record, your teaching or leadership experiences, and your thoughts about becoming a music teacher. You will be evaluated on your background, your interests and attitudes about teaching, and your communication skills.

In advance of the interview, please choose one of the following questions and be prepared to answer it in about two minutes. You will be evaluated on your ability to provide a well reasoned, articulate, and persuasive answer.

  • What are the qualities of an outstanding music teacher?
  • Why is music an essential component of a well-balanced education?
  • In what ways would you hope that your teaching affects your students ten years after they leave you?

In the aural skills test, you will be asked to echo simple melodic and rhythmic patterns, then be asked to sing one verse of the song “My Country 'Tis of Thee/America” (for an aural example of the song, please go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJOvS8BEWsc). You do not need to perform this song with words if you do not know the lyrics—you may sing the melody on a neutral syllable instead, such as loo or doo.  You will also be asked to sight sing a one-line melody that uses primarily stepwise motion and quarter notes. You will be evaluated on melodic and rhythmic accuracy, your singing voice, and your sight-singing ability.

If you have any questions about the process, please contact Dr. Mitch Robinson, associate professor and area chair of music education, at mrob@msu.edu or (517) 355-7555.

Personal Statement

In your personal statement please describe your educational and musical background, goals and objectives, and future career plans. Please feel free to include any information that you feel would be helpful to the College of Music in making our admission decision. Limit your statement to 300-500 words.  This statement must be uploaded to the Supplemental Music Application after it is submitted.  Please upload at least two weeks prior to your scheduled audition.

Letters of Recommendation

Request letters of recommendation from two individuals familiar with your musical abilities.  We prefer letters of recommendation to be submitted online throuth the Supplemental Music Application.  Recommendations must be received no later than two weeks prior to your scheduled audition.

Additional requirements for International Undergraduate Applicants.