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BM in Music Education in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Music major in Music Education program (BM-ME) is a four-year program that provides a strong foundation in the theories and concepts of music. This program prepares students to become music teachers that may specialize in: piano, guitar, voice, organ, strings, etc.

Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in Music Education are encouraged to take the Arts and Design track. It provides students with the necessary skills needed in the performative and creative field. Skills in music, theatre, visual arts, media arts, and dance are taught in this track. This will help students prepare for their college journey.

Subjects and Curriculum

  • Introduction to Music Education
  • Principles of Music Education
  • Music Theory
  • Applied Music
  • Applied Minor
  • The Contemporary World
  • Philippine Music
  • Western Arts Music History and Literature

Admission Requirements


  • The student must be a high school graduate. 

However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.

  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.

Basic Requirements

  • Form 138 - High School Report Card (Original and Photocopy)
  • Recommendation letter from High school principal and guidance counselor
  • Most recent medical and dental health record
  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate
  • Certificate of Good moral character
  • Copy of honorable dismissal
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • (1) Latest 2”x2” ID Picture

Program Outcome

Graduates of Bachelor of Music in Music Education are expected to be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability for life-long learning
  • Connect different multi-perspectives and interrelations among texts and contexts
  • Analyze and interpret the study of texts
  • Create artistic forms
  • Perform research specific to the sub-disciplines in the humanities
  • Appraise the role and effect of humanistic education to society

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in any art or educational institutions.

Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.

Board Exam

To become a Licensed Teacher in the Philippines, a graduate of Bachelor of Music in Music Education needs to pass the Licensure Exam for Teachers (LET). The examination is conducted by the Board of Professional Teachers under the supervision of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC). 

There is also an option to take the Teacher Certificate Program (TCP), a non-degree program for graduates of any Bachelor’s degree who intend to become teachers. TCP is considered to be the fastest way to get into the Teaching Profession, requiring only 18 units of Professional Education. Individuals who successfully completed the TCP is given a certification and is qualified to take the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET).

Career Opportunities

Graduates of Bachelor of Music in Music Education may pursue a career path in any art or educational institutions. They may apply as a music teacher, music private tutor, music editor, or an academician.

Reviews of Bachelor of Music in Music Education graduates:

list bulletAbout my college education: It is interesting because I love music, that is my passion. It is difficult because of the difficult subjects and the new skills in music that I need to learn. It is enjoyable because I feel glad that whenever I perform or teach people, they were inspired and became happy. It is challenging because the new skills were difficult that really need my full attention, time, money and effort.

The student needs to be really patient and hard working in practicing the repertoire for voice and piano or other instruments in order to get the skills needed to be mastered. Though the student is very talented still he needs to practice as in correct practice to be able to gain more skills and be more equipped.

list bulletMy current job: I am a music teacher in Sarasas Witaed Nimitmai school, Bangkok Thailand. I teach choir, keyboard class and insight music class.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes, definitely. I am now using the skills that the school were I graduated taught me. They were very useful.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Before my graduation there was a teacher in the school in Las Pinas (School of Jesus Academy) who already talked to me about getting me as their music teacher in the said school. I taught there for 6 months, then I transferred to AUP, I taught there for almost 8 years.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Music in Music Education: Yes. If the student has interest and has the talent in music, I do recommend him to take music. The salary is better with extra pay for private music lessons and you will be really fulfilled specially when you see your product already performing very well.
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