Department of Music
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Degree Programs


The degree plans offered by The Department of Music are designed to prepare graduates for a diversity of placement opportunities. Our primary goal is to prepare our majors for career as a teacher or performer. While many of our graduates find immediate placement in public schools, others enter graduate study, open private teaching studios, become ministers of music and educational directors for churches, enter the college teaching profession or engage in a private aspect of the music business. Whichever path you choose, you will graduate Southeastern Oklahoma State University with the tools needed for success.

Music Degree Outlines

The Master of Music Education program provides teachers the opportunity to develop advanced skills in musicianship, pedagogical techniques, curriculum design, assessment, and research in an intensive, balanced, and relevant course study.

Graduates of our Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.) program are becoming the most sought after in the state for the wide-open and increasingly lucrative teaching field. You have the option of entering the rewarding teaching profession as a band director, orchestra director, choral music director, or elementary music specialist.

You also have the opportunity to earn the Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degree with an emphasis in performance. This degree is a reflection of the highest level of performance ability which will be recognized by graduate schools and professional organizations.

We also offer the Bachelor of Arts in Music (B.A.) which is a multi-discipline degree program intended to prepare you for one of a variety of positions in the music industry, such as: radio-television, musical theatre, retail merchandising, concert management, publishing, editing, etc….


Visit the current Department of Music Student Handbook for more information.




Completion of a degree in music normally requires a minimum of four school years. Subjects studied will include class lessons in performance, private study in a primary instrument or in voice, music literature and history, theory of music, conducting and participation in various ensembles. Sixty-nine (69) semester credit hours must be earned in general education courses. Students seeking teacher certification must also complete a block of courses in psychology, methods and media of teaching, and student teaching.

General Education Requirements, elective options, course numbers and descriptions, as well as Music Degree Outlines and descriptions of Music Courses offered can be viewed on or accessed from the Academic Information web site. Details are also available in the University’s Academic Catalog.



Music majors will be assigned an advisor to aid them in enrollment procedures throughout their course of study. It is the student’s responsibility to see their advisor regularly to update their progress.


Recitals and Concerts

An essential part of a music education is becoming familiar with the vast repertoire of musical literature. Music majors are encouraged to be in attendance at all musical programs offered by the Department of Music. These include student recitals, faculty recitals, Musical Arts Series concerts, choral concerts, band concerts, senior recitals, small ensemble programs and Opera Workshop.


Course Numbering and Credit Hour Information

Courses are numbered so as to indicate the degree of advancement. In general, courses numbered lowest are those which should be completed first. Zero-level courses (i.e., MATH 0123) are remedial and do not count as college credit hours in meeting academic/degree requirements. Courses with numbers beginning in the 1000 and 2000 series are lower-division and considered designed for freshman and sophomore students. Courses with numbers in the 3000 and 4000 series are upper-division level to be taken by junior and senior students. Courses numbered in the 5000 series are for graduate students only. Students should also be aware that the last digit of the course number indicates the amount of semester-credit-hours awarded for the course completion. For example, ENG 1113 is a three-hour course while EDUC 4332 is a two-hour course.

  • Definition of Credit Hour The credit hour policy at Southeastern applies to all undergraduate and graduate courses that award academic credit which appears on an official University transcript. This policy is in accord with federal regulations and Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education policy; a credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is reasonably achieved in one of the following ways:
    1. A credit hour for a standard, face-to-face course includes at least one Carnegie hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and at least two hours of out-of-class student work each week for approximately sixteen weeks for one semester or an equivalent amount of work for a different amount of time.
    2. A credit hour for a distance education course (hybrid or 100% online) includes not less than three hours of student time per credit hour for each week for approximately sixteen weeks for one semester or an equivalent amount of work for a different amount of time; however, the ratio of faculty-directed instruction to out-of-class student work may vary across the different course types. Distance education courses must have regular, faculty-initiated interaction with students, meet the same student learning outcomes, and use comparable student assessments as the equivalent face-to-face course.
    3. A credit hour for other types of academic activities such, as but not limited to, laboratory work, practica, internships, and studio work include academic activities as established by the institution to demonstrate at least an equivalent amount of work as required for the standard credit hour.

    The Department of Music at Southeastern follows these definitions and standards as set by Southeastern Oklahoma State University.