B.M.E. Degree in Music/Vocal Emphasis


77 hours, plus 6 hours counted in the core, professional education minor included

The B.M.E. Degree is for students pursuing a teaching career in music. The degree provides the student with the necessary coursework required for the standard teaching certificate as outlined by the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

An OC graduate with a BME with instrumental emphasis will demonstrate

  1. Ability to hear and analyze rhythm, melody, harmony, and form.
  2. Ability to sight-read music and perform with other musicians.
  3. Understanding of compositional and aesthetic properties of style, and how the art of music is shaped by cultural forces.
  4. Acquaintance with a wide selection of music literature beyond the student’s specialization through lectures, assignments, and concert attendance. 
  5. Ability to perform a cross-section of that repertory according to the student’s interest and departmental standards.
  6. Ability to communicate clearly, critically, and creatively about music.

Student must complete a minimum of 126 hours including the major, core, and minor if required. Elective hours may be needed to reach 126 hours. 

1. 11 hours basic theory 

2. 4 hours class piano 

3. 9 hours music history, 3 hours used in core 

4. 5 hours advanced theory and technology 

5. 10 hours music technique 

6. 1 hour piano 

7. 8 hours voice

8. 4 hours music ensemble (1300-1400 level courses)

9. 1 hour capstone project or recital 


10. 23 hours professional education 

11. 3 hours of psychology, used in core 

13. Foreign language competency 

Choose One:
High School Foreign Language – 2 years of same language with a grade of “C” or better

University credit – 3 hours foreign language or American Sign Language with a grade of “C” or better. 

Related Careers

  • Director
  • Music Therapist
  • Private Instructor
  • Symphony or Opera Company Performer
  • Teacher/University Professor
  • Worship/Youth Minister