MajorMusic Education - Instrumental

Wichita State’s Bachelor of Music Education (BME)—instrumental—combines professional training with experienced music educators, real-world teaching experience in local schools, and virtually countless opportunities to perform, in venues big and small, on campus and throughout Kansas’ center of arts and culture.

Learn how music education - instrumental - is the right fit for you.

Female student with bass.

Applied learning at Wichita State

At Wichita State, applied learning is everything. In fact, every degree we offer has a guaranteed applied learning or research experience built right into it equipping you with the relevant skills and experience to make you workforce ready before graduation.

Admission to the program

To be admitted into the College of Fine Arts, you must first be admitted to Wichita State. Once you're admitted to WSU, you'll need to schedule an audition through the School of Music.

For WSU’s admission requirements, and to apply, click the link below.

Inside the Program

Playing the trumpet is easier with WSU invention

Music education majors have the opportunity to learn from innovative faculty members.

David Hunsicker is not only a longtime musician. The associate professor of trumpet is also an inventor and business owner.

Hunsicker partnered with WSU’s National Institute for Aviation Research and WSU Ventures to create the Gapper, a flexible plastic device that allows musicians to control the third valve slide. 

Hunsicker says the ring on the third valve slide tends to be too big for musicians with smaller hands. The gap between the finger and the ring causes a delay in moving the slide, which results in a missed note. The Gapper fixes that problem.


The instrumental curriculum is divided into general education, music performance, music theory and history, and music education—including applied learning in K-12 classrooms—equipping you with the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to start your successful teaching career.


Thanks to WSU’s extensive network of employer connections, students in every major have opportunities to gain real-world experience—helping them build a resume, make professional connections and land their dream jobs.

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