Music Education Degree

Bachelor of Music (BMus) in Music Education & Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies (BABS)



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4 ½ Years

Delivery Method

Traditional, On Campus at Lancaster, PA

Why Study Music Education at LBC?

If music and teaching are your passions, why not make them your career? Through Lancaster Bible College’s music education major, we’ll equip you to train up-and-coming musicians of all ages.

Educators impact the lives of their students far beyond the time they spend in the classroom. Take your love of music and share it with the next generation of artists by becoming a music teacher.

From teaching kindergartners to keep a steady beat to teaching middle school students to play guitar to directing a high school orchestra, music education students learn how to do it all. Through Lancaster Bible College’s music education program, you’ll learn the skills you need, like classroom management, music theory and timeless education philosophies, to instill a love and awe of music into your students.

Through LBC’s unique music education program, you’ll also enjoy a Christian college education that’s Bible-centric, incorporating the Word of God into every course. Plus, our students learn from the pros themselves who’ve spent years teaching music in a variety of educational settings as they are inspired to teach through a nurturing environment that gives high priority to development as an artist.

Our program allows students that same access to diverse educational settings, requiring them to student teach in both public schools and private, all while also enjoying their own private music lessons and working toward various certifications required to teach in the field.

If you’re ready to pass on your love of learning and music, consider earning your music education degree at LBC.

Course Length

16 weeks (semester)

Music Education Program Cost & Financial Aid

Where LBC Students Have Interned or Student-Taught

  • Local Christian School Music Intern
  • Local Public School Music Intern


Lancaster Bible College is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

License, Certification & Credential Information

Graduates from this major receive Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate in Music (K-12) and ACSI Standard Teaching Certificate in music.

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Can I Transfer Credits?

Yes! Read about LBC’s transfer policy

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Music Education Program Scope

Bachelor of Music (BMus) & Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies (BABS) (160 Credits)

LBC 100 Foundations Seminar 1 Credit

Bible & Theology Courses 33 Credits

Arts & Sciences Courses 40 Credits

Music & Music Education Courses 86 Credits

Christian Service 0 Credit

View the Academic Catalog for the complete curriculum plan, course descriptions and program details.

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Music Education is a Hands-On Experience

Hear what our students are saying about LBC’s music education program.

What makes this LBC Music Education program unique?
  • Get real experience teaching through our internship, practicum and student teaching program that gives you practical, hands-on experience in music classrooms under the supervision of experienced teachers.
  • Learn performance skills by performing for your peers and the public.
  • Earn your Pennsylvania I Certification in Music K-12 as well as the ACSI Certification in Music.
  • Earn your degree in music education from an accredited Bible college in PA.

Programs leading to teacher certification are approved by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).

What are career paths with a Music Education bachelor's degree?

The music education bachelor’s degree prepares students for a wide range of technical and/or ministry contexts. Here is a sampling of careers and opportunities this degree affords:

  • Church Music Director
  • Community Music Teacher
  • Music Teacher (K-12 Schools)
  • Private Music Teacher
Program Goals – In this program, students will…
  • Demonstrate basic musicianship skills in sight-singing, dictation, conducting, voice and piano.
  • Describe and demonstrate the integration of a biblical worldview in the life and career of an artist.
  • Apply historical and theoretical understanding to the analysis, performance and creation of musical forms, processes and structures found in representative examples from the western music tradition.
  • Demonstrate professional skills on a primary instrument and basic competency on all traditional instruments.
  • Design and implement effective pedagogical methods for music instruction.

To find out more about the policies and procedures governing the programs at the undergraduate level that lead to a PA Instructional I certification consult the Teacher Certification Handbook (pdf).

Core Courses in the Music Education Program
  • MUS 100 Music Fundamentals
    MUL 100 Piano Fundamentals
  • MUS 101 Music Theory I
  • MUS 101L Musicianship I Lab
  • MUS 102 Music Theory II
  • MUS 102L Musicianship II Lab
  • MUS 211 Introduction to Composition
  • MUS 211L Musicianship Lab III
  • MUS 221 Conducting I
  • MUS 222 Conducting II
  • MUS 301 Music Theory IV: Adv. Harmony
  • MUS 301L Musicianship Lab IV
  • MUS 312 Rhythm Section Methods
  • MUE 105 Foundations of Music Education
  • MUE 220 Art of Teaching General Music I
  • MUE 221 Art of Teaching General Music II
  • MUE 320 Art of Teaching Choral Music
  • MUE 422 Art of Teaching Instrumental Music
  • MUE 435 Adaptive Music Education
  • MUE 499 Music Education Senior
  • Recital MUL 101 Piano Lab I
  • MUL 222 Brass Lab
  • MUL 102 Piano Lab II
  • MUL 121 Contemporary Voice Lab
  • MUL 131 String Lab
  • MUL 202 Woodwind Lab
  • MUL 302 Percussion Lab
  • EDU 103 Professional Seminar I
  • EDU 204 Instructional Design
  • EDU 301 Teacher Education Internship I
  • EDU 302 Teacher Education Internship II
  • EDU 333 The Exceptional Child
  • EDU 350 Professional Seminar II
  • EDU 401 Teacher Education Internship III
  • EDU 402 Teacher Education Internship IV
  • EDU 410 Teaching the English Language Learner
  • EDU 450 Teacher Education Practicum
  • EDU 461 The Cross Cultural Experience
  • EDU 493 Professional Seminar III
  • EDU 499 Student Teaching
  • ENS Ensembles (NC) [4]
  • MAP 100 MPWA Forum
  • MUS Choice of MUS 212, 330, 331, 332, or 335
  • ENS Ensemble Elective
  • MAP Applied Vocal/Instrumental Study

Meet the Music Ed Faculty

Rachel Sidebothom, MEd
Assistant Professor, Director of Music Education Studies, Oboe Instructor, Associate Chair of MWPA
Floyd Rawleigh
Adjunct Professor- Music Education
Jennifer Petry
Adjunct Faculty

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Audition for Acceptance into this Major

Every student who applies to any major in the Music, Worship & Performing Arts Department must audition for acceptance into the major of their interest and must also be accepted as a student to Lancaster Bible College.

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