Music BM, Music Education Emphasis

Degree Requirements

Admission to all music degree programs is by audition to demonstrate musical aptitude and potential, moderate technical proficiency, and seriousness in selecting music as a four-year course of study. In addition to the applied music audition, placement examinations in music theory and music history may be required to confirm students’ prior experience in these areas. Auditions are scheduled from January to May for the fall semester; a limited number are held in December for the spring/winter semester. Students in applied music must pass a junior-standing examination to confirm their level of performance skills for enrollment in AP MUS 3440AP MUS 3459 or AP MUS 4440AP MUS 4459. This examination is usually taken at the same time as the applied music jury for the fourth semester of enrollment in AP MUS 1440 - AP MUS 1459.

Evidence of sound musicianship, a close acquaintance with an appropriate portion of musical literature, and the ability to bring it to actual performance are required for graduation in all music degree programs. Students in the B.M.: Performance Emphasis fulfill this requirement with junior and senior recitals. Students in all other degree programs fulfill this requirement with a senior recital.  In some cases, upon the recommendation of the student's applied teacher, the senior recital (for non-performance majors only) may be replaced by participating in three regularly scheduled student recitals during the last two semesters of applied music study, or by performing for a special panel of faculty members.

Other Requirements

Music majors are required to enroll in an approved ensemble (University Chorus, University Symphonic Band, University Wind Ensemble, University Singers, or University Orchestra) each semester, to study one applied area progressively each semester, and to enroll in the appropriate pedagogy and literature seminar each semester of the degree program. Music education majors are exempt from these requirements during the student teaching semester. The following specific ensemble enrollments, depending upon the applied music area, are required:

  • Wind and Percussion students—University Symphonic Band or University Wind Ensemble;
  • String students--University Orchestra;
  • Voice students--University Singers or University Chorus;
  • Keyboard and Guitar students--any approved ensemble, but those in the bachelor of music in music education program must successfully audition for and enroll in an ensemble compatible with the teaching certification they are pursuing.
  • Instrumental students may be required to participate in additional ensembles to enhance their musical development.

Majors are required to appear in performance at the department's discretion and to attend a prescribed number of departmental recitals. Non-keyboard players are required to pass an exam in piano proficiency: PRACTM 2180, Piano Proficiency IV, or equivalent for instrumentalists; or PRACTM 3290, Piano Proficiency VI, or equivalent for vocalists.

The music department may require students to pass a placement test to enroll in the next level course, provided this or an equivalent test is administered to all students seeking to enroll in that course.

Core Curriculum

The following core courses are required for all music majors:

Music Theory
THRY COM 1300Introduction to Music Theory1
THRY COM 1301Theory of Music I3
THRY COM 1302Aural Training I2
THRY COM 1311Theory of Music II3
THRY COM 1312Aural Training II2
THRY COM 2301Theory of Music III3
THRY COM 2302Aural Training III2
THRY COM 2311Theory of Music IV 13
THRY COM 2312Aural Training IV 22
THRY COM 3410Orchestration 33
Piano Proficiency
PRACTM 1140Piano Proficiency I1
PRACTM 1150Piano Proficiency II1
PRACTM 2160Piano Proficiency III1
PRACTM 2180Piano Proficiency IV 41
Conducting
PRACTM 2510Conducting I2
Music History and Literature
M H L T 1010History of Western Music I (MOTR MUSC 103)3
M H L T 1020History of Western Music II (MOTR MUSC 104)3
Choose one of the following:3
Drumming Cultures of the World (MOTR MUSC 102)
Musical Journey through Latin America
Musical Journey through the Far East
Musical Journey Through Africa
Applied Music
AP MUS 1460Seminar In Pedagogy And Literature0
AP MUS 3460Seminar In Pedagogy And Literature0
AP MUS 4460Seminar in Pedagogy and Literature0
AP MUS 3510Senior Recital0
Total Hours39

In addition to the core curriculum, students must fulfill the requirements for the specific degree program or emphasis area as listed below:

In addition to the requirement for a successful audition on their primary instrument, piano and guitar students applying for the BM: Music Education program must also successfully audition for the full participation in (1)  Applied Music (seven hours) and University Singers (for those seeking vocal/choral certification), or (2) Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble or Orchestra (for those seeking instrumental certification).

In addition to the required music core curriculum, candidates must complete the following:

Other General Education Requirements 1
All undergraduate economics majors must meet the university and college general education requirements.
GPA Requirement
Students enrolled in B.M. in music education must maintain minimum GPAs (2.75 cumulative; 3.0 music; and 3.0 professional education).
Proficiency Exam
Students working toward certification in choral/vocal or instrumental music K-12 are required to pass a keyboard proficiency examination before admission to student teaching in music, usually before or during the sixth semester of their program.
Instrumental Track
AP MUS 1410 - 34597
One hour every semester in progress toward degree with a minimum of 7 credit hours
EN PER 1500University Orchestra (MOTR PERF 102O) 14
or EN PER 1520 University Symphonic Band (MOTR PERF 102B)
or EN PER 1530 University Wind Ensemble
MUS ED 3570Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Elementary and Secondary General Music 23
MUS ED 3680Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Instrumental Music 22
PDGOGY 1250Brass Techniques2
PDGOGY 1260Woodwind Techniques2
PDGOGY 1270String Techniques2
PDGOGY 1280Percussion Instrumental Techniques2
PRACTM 2610Instrumental Literature Laboratory1
PRACTM 3521Conducting II - Instrumental2
Total Hours27
Vocal Track 1
AP MUS 1410 - 34597
One hour every semester in progress toward degree with a minimum of 7 credit hours
EN PER 1410The University Singers (MOTR PERF 102C) 24
MUS ED 3570Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Elementary and Secondary General Music 33
MUS ED 3710Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Choral Music 32
PRACTM 1250Singer's Diction: English, Italian and German1
PRACTM 1260Singer's Diction: Latin, French, and Spanish1
PRACTM 3522Conducting II - Choral2
PRACTM 2611Choral Literature Laboratory1
PRACTM 3190Piano Proficiency V1
PRACTM 3290Piano Proficiency VI1
THRY COM 3420Choral Arranging2
Total Hours25

Professional Education and Student Teaching

Level I: Exploring Education as a Profession
TCH ED 2000Becoming a Professional Educator1
TCH ED 2209Foundations of Teaching in American Schools3
ED PSY 2212Child and Adolescent Development3
Level II: Teaching and Learning Across Context and Clinical Experiences
ED PSY 3312Psychology of Learning, Instruction, and Assessment3
SPEC ED 3318Inclusive Classrooms3
TCH ED 4391Literacy for Adolescent Learners in Content Areas3
SEC ED 4992Practicum I: Site-Based Experience in Music3
Level III: Synthesizing Theory and Practice in Education
SEC ED 4993Practicum II: 12-Week Site-Based Experience in Music6
SEC ED 4994Practicum II: 4-Week Site-Based Experience in Music6
Total Hours31

Sample Four Year Plans

Bachelor of Music in Music Education (Vocal)

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
THRY COM 13013THRY COM 13113
THRY COM 13022THRY COM 13122
THRY COM 13001PRACTM 11501
PRACTM 11401AP MUS 14XX1
AP MUS 14XX1AP MUS 14600
AP MUS 14600EN PER 14101
EN PER 14101TCH ED 10011
ENGL 11003TCH ED 22092
CORE - Mathematics Proficiency3TCH ED 20011
TCH ED 10001TCH ED 20001
EXPLORE - Social Sciences3EXPLORE - Math and Sciences3
 EXPLORE - US History and Government3
 19 19
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
THRY COM 23013THRY COM 23113
THRY COM 23022THRY COM 23122
M H L T 10103M H L T 10203
PRACTM 21601PRACTM 21801
AP MUS 14XX1AP MUS 14XX1
AP MUS 14600AP MUS 14600
EN PER 14101PRACTM 25102
PRACTM 12501EN PER 14101
ED PSY 22123POL SCI 11003
EXPLORE - Math and Sciences3COMM 10403
 PRACTM 12501
 18 20
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
THRY COM 34103THRY COM 34202
PRACTM 31901PRACTM 32901
AP MUS 34XX1AP MUS 34XX1
AP MUS 34600AP MUS 34600
EN PER 14101EN PER 14101
PRACTM 35222PRACTM 26111
MUS ED 35703PRACTM 26111
MUS ED 37103PRACTM 12601
ED PSY 33123TCH ED 33103
 TCH ED 43913
 ENGL 31003
 CORE - Information Literacy3
 17 20
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
AP MUS 34XX1SEC ED 49939
AP MUS 34600SEC ED 49943
EN PER 14101 
AP MUS 35100 
SPEC ED 33183 
TCH ED 30011 
SEC ED 49923 
EXPLORE - Math and Sciences3 
Cultural Diversity Requirement3 
 15 12
Total Hours: 140

PLEASE NOTE: This plan is an example of what a four year plan could look like for a typical student. Placement exam scores in math as well as the completion of coursework may change the plan. It should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester. All requirements are subject to change.

Bachelor of Music in Music Education (Instrumental)

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
THRY COM 13001THRY COM 13113
THRY COM 13013THRY COM 13122
THRY COM 13022PRACTM 11501
PRACTM 11401AP MUS 14XX1
AP MUS 14XX1AP MUS 14600
AP MUS 14600EN PER XXXX1
EN PER XXXX1TCH ED 10011
ENGL 11003TCH ED 20011
TCH ED 10001TCH ED 20001
CORE - Mathematics Proficiency3TCH ED 22092
 EXPLORE - Math & Sciences3
 CORE - US History & Government3
 16 19
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
THRY COM 23013THRY COM 23113
THRY COM 23022THRY COM 23122
M H L T 10103M H L T 10203
PRACTM 21601PRACTM 21801
AP MUS 14XX1AP MUS 14XX1
AP MUS 14600AP MUS 14600
en per xxxx1EN PER XXXX1
PDGOGY 12602PRACTM 25102
ED PSY 22123PDGOGY 12502
EXPLORE - Math & Sciences3POL SCI 11003
 COMM 10403
 19 21
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
THRY COM 34103AP MUS 34XX1
AP MUS 34XX1AP MUS 34600
AP MUS 34600EN PER XXXX1
EN PER XXXX1PDGOGY 12702
PRACTM 35212TCH ED 43913
PRACTM 26101ENGL 31003
MUS ED 35703CORE - Information Literacy3
MUS ED 36803EXPLORE - Social Sciences3
ED PSY 33123 
EXPLORE - Social Sciences3 
 20 16
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
AP MUS 34XX1SEC ED 49939
AP MUS 34600SEC ED 49943
EN PER XXXX1 
PDGOGY 12802 
SPEC ED 33183 
TCH ED 30011 
SEC ED 49923 
Cultural Diversity Requirement3 
EXPLORE - Math & Sciences3 
 17 12
Total Hours: 140

PLEASE NOTE: This plan is an example of what a four year plan could look like for a typical student. Placement exam scores in math as well as the completion of coursework may change the plan. It should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester. All requirements are subject to change.