The Bachelor of Arts in Music (Pre-Certification) is designed for students planning to become a master musician, educator, and mentor. The program prepares you to pursue careers in teaching elementary, junior high, or high school music in the public or private school setting.

Once you have been accepted to Truman, an audition is required for acceptance into this music major.

Pathway to Becoming a Teacher

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This Bachelor of Arts in Music (Pre-Certification) serves as the preparatory track to apply for the Master of Arts in Education (MAE) professional teaching degree at Truman. The MAE program provides Missouri certification in Music (Instrumental PK-12) or Music (Vocal PK-12).

The Music Department has a 100% job placement rate in music education.

Featured Courses

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  • Clinical Experiences in Teaching
  • Experiences in Classroom Teaching
  • Psychological Foundations of Education
  • Music Analysis
  • Aural Skills in Music
  • Music History
  • Form and Analysis

Student Opportunities

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Music Programs and Studios

You can participate in several programs and studios to develop your skills in a variety of musical instruments and styles.

Marching Band

Music Ensembles

Join ensembles ranging from choral to instrumental and from jazz groups to marching band.

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Study Abroad

Immerse yourself in the culture and music of a different part of the world.

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The music faculty is dedicated to helping you gain a deeper understanding of music through research. At Truman, you have many opportunities to work one-on-one with your professors.

Gold Medal Concert

Concerts, Recitals, Annual Music Events

Truman’s music department hosts several festivals and competitions integrating college-level and high school performances. You also learn from renowned artists and collaborate with your peers.

Resources for Music Students


Our Music Program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

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Master of Arts in Education (Music Specialty Area)