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» BM (Pre-Music Education Certification)–Instrumental/Vocal

A musician plays the timpaniUnder the direction of Dr. Robert Frelly, Chapman’s Bachelor of Music (Pre-Music Education Certification) program consistently trains students to be well prepared, knowledgeable, and confident in their abilities. Our graduates are among the finest music teachers in the country, and many are leaders in their field.

Based on their experience and interests, music education majors may select from two degree options: an emphasis in vocal music, or an emphasis in instrumental music. Throughout their studies, students have opportunities for “hands-on” experience (microteaching and/or observations) in elementary and secondary music programs. Students work in the field while studying and applying the best educational methods and techniques, thus gaining a wide repertoire of skills, a wealth of resources, and confidence in their ability as a teacher.

Upon completion of their degree (a four-year program), music education majors receive a Bachelor of Music (Pre-Music Education Certification), and may choose to enter into the Credential Program through the University’s College of Educational Studies. During this fifth-year of study, students complete a series of courses and a directed teaching (student teaching) experience, leading to the California Single Subject Teaching Credential in Music. The placement rate for graduates who have completed the credential and seek a teaching position in the California public and private school settings is exemplary.

Getting Started

To begin your application process, please visit the Admissions web page to complete the Common Application for Chapman University. Please note in your application that you intend to major in Bachelor of Music (Pre-Music Education Certification).

All students auditioning for acceptance into the Bachelor of Music (Pre-Music Education Certification) should visit the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music website for a detailed listing of audition requirements. To schedule an in-person audition appointment, please complete your Creative Supplement at  Additionally, please indicate whether or not you will require an accompanist at your audition.

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Program Learning Outcomes

PLO1: Musicianship
The student will demonstrate fluent musicianship skills, including an understanding of music theory, proficiency with aural skills and sight reading, proficiency as a soloist on his or her main instrument, knowledge of different musical styles and historical eras, a demonstration of basic piano skills, experience in improvisation, proficiency with basic music technology, the ability to rehearse and perform collaboratively and contribute to an ensemble and an understanding and demonstration of basic improvisation techniques.

PLO2: Teaching
The student will gain teaching experience in a variety of situations, will demonstrate an understanding of classroom music programs and their function within the public and private school systems, will demonstrate an understanding of teaching philosophies and will be prepared to enter a teacher certification program.

PLO3: Musicianship for teaching
The student will demonstrate musicianship skills specific to teaching, including competency in conducting, arranging, and coaching a vocal or instrumental ensemble, as well as knowledge of instrumental families.

Contact Us

Program Questions:
Dr. Robert S. Frelly
Director of Music Education
(714) 997-6917

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