Music Education

If you are passionate about music and love the idea of inspiring others, the OBU music education degree is for you. This degree prepares you to become a certified and successful music teacher, enabling you to share your love for music with students from pre-K to 12th grade.

With this degree, you'll have the chance to make a real impact and spread joy through the power of music, all within the supportive and faith-centered environment of a Christian university. Get ready to embark on a rewarding journey that combines your love for music with your desire to make a difference in young lives!

Katie Logan

Class of 2021

“OBU music professors poured countless hours into helping me develop and strengthen my skills as a musician and believer. They not only cared about my skills in music but about my heart and the transformation that was taking place as I grew in my walk with the Lord.”

Benefits of OBU Music Education Program

Prepared for the Future

Joining our program means more than just being on Bison Hill; it's a journey designed to prepare you for a successful career. In this prestigious program you will have numerous on- and off-campus experiences to ready you for your career as a music educator.

Mentoring by Master Teachers

You will learn from gifted faculty members and receive mentoring by master teachers. You will also observe and participate in junior and senior high school instrumental and vocal events hosted by the Division of Music.

Professional Experience

Plus, you will enroll and engage in the Oklahoma Music Educators Association and the National Association for Music Education and have opportunities to teach private lessons through the Preparatory Department of OBU. 

Incredible Education, Affordable Cost.

OBU provides a minimum $10,000 per year scholarship to every incoming first-time freshman and $8,000 to every incoming transfer student. And you could qualify for even more financial aid! Many of our students also receive money through federal Pell grants and OBU Bison Grants.

To get an estimate of what your cost to attend OBU might be, please check out our Net Price Calculator. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with how affordable an OBU education really is. Especially considering the incredible academic quality, personal mentor relationships with faculty and staff, and strong Christian commitment you will experience at OBU. You won’t find an experience like this anywhere else!

Program Information

Jobs and Job Opportunities

OBU’s Bachelor of Music Education graduates are in high demand and have enjoyed a near-100% job placement rate. Many also pursue graduate studies and serve churches in volunteer, part-time and full-time capacities. 

Internship Opportunities

Field experiences culminate in a 14-week internship of student teaching during your senior year. Efforts are made to pair you with your school of preference within 50 miles of OBU.

Faith Integration

You will be guided by faculty members who are professional, compassionate and committed to the call of Christ and to your success and growth. Our faculty at OBU integrate faith and learning in their discipline. This helps our purpose to equip the next generation of future shapers to live all of life for Jesus. 

Individual and Personal Attention

Class sizes are small and you can build relationships with your classmates and professors that will last long after you leave Bison Hill. This is what it means to build a future.

Program Options

Bachelor of Music Education (BME)

World-Class Faculty

OBU faculty are experts in their fields and will be with you every step of the way.

Dr. Patty K. Nelson

Dr. Patty K. Nelson

Chair, Division of Music
Associate Professor of Music Education

Become a Future Shaper