Band Emphasis

Music Education BM

Program Overview

Music Education with an emphasis in band certifies graduates to teach instrumental, choral, and general music in secondary schools. Graduates routinely compete for positions throughout the state, region, and country for positions teaching band at the high school and junior high/middle school levels. The rigorous curriculum is capable of completion in four years and it fosters a comprehensive knowledge of band education with the concert experience as a core, reaching through the athletic bands and complete jazz experience. Recent graduates hold teaching positions as numerous schools in Utah, and many have sought graduate study across the country.

Program Specifics

For specific information regarding coursework required to earn a Band emphasis, please refer to the BM Music Education - Band emphasis degree map. Note that USU offers students in Music Education degrees the option of completing the Music K-12 Endorsement, which affords graduates a credential to teach Kindergarten through twelfth grades (K-12) rather than the Secondary Certificate (6-12) that comes with the standard USU Music Education degree. This program is recommended for all Music Education Majors for the following reasons: 1) the additional courses easily fit into the four-year curriculum and 2) having the Music K-12 Endorsement allows better reciprocity for students applying for employment in other states, which may require the K-12 certification. For more information, contact Cary J. Youmans, coordinator of Music K-12 Endorsement.


In addition to applying for admission to the University, all applicants interested in pursuing a music degree must perform an audition on their major instrument to gain admission into the Department of Music. View specific application and audition information on our admissions and auditions page. View information on scholarships and financial aid on our scholarships and financial aid page.

To enter the Music Department at Utah State University as a major in Music Education, it is necessary that a student meet with his/her advisor for an audition. New freshmen admitted to USU in good standing qualify for admission to this major, pending the audition. Transfer students from other institutions or from other USU majors need a 2.5 total GPA for admission to this major in good standing, also pending audition. In addition, a 3.00 GPA is required for entrance to the Secondary Teacher Education Program.


All students (i.e. new freshmen and transfer students) must successfully complete an application/audition  process with their major area (instrument or voice) to be accepted as a major. Upon successful completion of the audition (minimum Level I in the respective area), the area faculty will indicate on the Scholarship Audition form the student’s musical readiness to enter the program.

Incoming Students

It is recommended that incoming prospective students complete an audition during Music Department scholarship auditions the preceding January/February. These serve as auditions for admission to the program as well as for scholarship consideration. Auditions can be arranged by submitting the online form found on our admissions and auditions page.

Current Students

USU students, already studying with university faculty, may audition for the Music Education program by performing at an area jury at the end of any semester. Students may audition three times for the Music Education before being removed from consideration.

Pre-Music Major

A student can be accepted into the department as "pre-music" after completing a successful audition in their area of study. Only accepted pre-music or music majors can take courses in the music department except for: Individual Instruction (non-major), ensembles (some require an audition), Intro to Music (1010), Music Fundamentals (1100), Masterpieces of Music (3010) and History of Jazz (3020). Students designated as pre-music must pass a performance jury in their first year to be accepted fully as a major.


While a student at USU, you may participate in world-class ensembles under the direction of faculty who are committed to your musical education. USU Ensembles of specific interest to students studying Band Education include:


Jason Nicholson

Jason Nicholson

Associate Professor

Music (Percussion)

Phone: (435) 797-3008
Office Location: FA 114
Thomas P. Rohrer

Thomas P. Rohrer

Professor & Director of Bands


Phone: (435) 797-3004
Office Location: FA 106
Greg Wheeler

Greg Wheeler

Professional Practice Assistant Professor

Music (Woodwinds)

Phone: (435) 797-1205
Office Location: FA 104C