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Music Education Major, Broad Area Specialization, BM

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All students majoring in music education will be reviewed and counseled by the Music Education Committee during each year of full-time enrollment. The purpose of these reviews is to assist the student in developing all the skills necessary to be an effective music educator. One year before student teaching, the student’s accomplishments are reviewed by the entire music faculty. In order to receive an endorsement to student teach, the student must receive a satisfactory evaluation in all areas of music study. All music education majors must pass the required piano proficiency examination prior to endorsement for student teaching. Students taking this major must apply for admission into the Teacher Preparation Program with the education foundations and curriculum department and are required to complete the Professional Education Program requirements offered through the education foundations and curriculum department.  

This major satisfies the endorsements for music-general, music-instrumental, and music-choral, K-12. To qualify for student teaching, the following courses must be completed: MUS 325, MUS 329, MUS 341, and MUS 342.


BM Music Education Core Requirements

  • Music Theory - Credits: 21

  • Students must pass an online fundamental exam with 75% ($10 fee) or take and pass (75%) an online fundamental course ($99 fee) to enroll in MUS144. Students must take a placement exam to waive any of the following courses. Concurrent enrollment of the following is required: (MUS 144, 144A, 152A), (MUS 145, 145A, 153A), and (MUS 146, 146A, 154A). A grade of C or better is required in both the written and aural components to continue in the theory sequence.
  • MUS 144 - Theory 1 - Credits: (3)
  • MUS 144A - Aural Skills 1 - Credits: (1)
  • MUS 145 - Theory 2 - Credits: (3)
  • MUS 145A - Aural Skills 2 - Credits: (1)
  • MUS 146 - Theory 3 - Credits: (3)
  • MUS 146A - Aural Skills 3 - Credits: (1)
  • MUS 244 - Theory 4 - Credits: (3)
  • MUS 245 - Theory 5 - Credits: (3)
  • MUS 246 - Theory 6 - Credits: (3)

  • Class Piano- Credits: 3

  • A waiver of this requirement can be obtained by demonstrating sufficient keyboard skills to designated piano faculty members.
  • MUS 152A - Class Piano I - Credits: (1)
  • MUS 153A - Class Piano II - Credits: (1)
  • MUS 154A - Class Piano III - Credits: (1)

  • Ensembles - Credits: 22

  • Only the following are designated as large ensembles: MUS 267-467 (Choir), MUS 268-468 (Chamber Choir), MUS 266-466 (Wind Ensemble), MUS 277-477 (Orchestra), MUS 287-487 (marching and concert band-fall quarter only), and MUS 288-488 (Symphonic Band).

  • Applied Music - Credits: 11

  • Individual Instruction - Credits (11)
    MUS 164, 264, and 364 (at least 2 credits of 364 are required)
  • MUS 300 - Recital Performance - Credits: (1)
    (Must be concurrently enrolled in 364)

  • Upper-division Music Theory - Credits: 3

  • MUS 422 - Orchestration - Credits: (3)
    OR Choral Music Specialization may take MUS 340 - Form and Analysis (3)

  • Conducting - Credits: 6

  • MUS 341 - Conducting I - Credits: (3)
  • MUS 342 - Conducting II - Credits: (3)

  • Music History - Credits: 5

  • MUS 359 - Survey of Music in Cross-cultural Perspectives - Credits: (2)
  • MUS 372 - Music History 1 - Credits: (3)
  • MUS 373 - Music History 2 - Credits: (3)
  • MUS 374 - Music History 3 - Credits: (3)

Core Total - Credits: 78


Required Courses: Credits 19

  • Music Electives - Credits (1)
  • MUS 154B - Class Instruction, Voice I - Credits: (1)
  • MUS 171 - Secondary Applied Area (Individual Instruction) - Credits: (1)
    (Must be voice for non-voice primary applied area or instrumental for voice primary applied area)
  • MUS 253C - Class Instrumental Methods Strings I - Credits: (1)
  • MUS 253D - Class Instrumental Methods Woodwinds I - Credits: (1)
  • MUS 253E - Class Instrumental Methods Brass I - Credits: (1)
  • MUS 253G - Class Instrumental Methods Percussion I - Credits: (1)
  • MUS 254C - Class Instrumental Methods Strings II - Credits: (1)
  • MUS 254D - Class Instrumental Methods Woodwinds II - Credits: (1)
  • MUS 254E - Class Instrumental Methods Brass II - Credits: (1)
  • MUS 323 - Choral Music Education - Credits: (3)
  • MUS 325 - Instrumental Music Education - Credits: (3)
  • MUS 329 - General Music Methods - Credits: (3)

Core Total Credits: 97



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