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Music Education, Choral Music Specialization, B.M.

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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 department and are required to complete the professional education program requirements offered through the education department.

Total music credits: 990-91. Total professional education credits: 47-52. This major satisfies the endorsements for music-general and music-choral, K-12. To qualify for student teaching, the following courses must be completed: MUS 323, MUS 329, MUS 341 and MUS 342.

Music Education Core Requirements


Select Either Credits: 2-3


  • MUS 104 - Introduction to Musical Studies Credits: (3)
  • OR
  • MUS 304 - Introduction to Musical Studies for Transfer Students Credits: (2)

Ensemble Cresits: 22


All large ensemble credits must be in a choral ensemble. Only MUS 267-467 (choir) and MUS 268-468 (chamber choir) are designated as large choral ensembles. Note: All ensemble courses have 200 level and 400 level numbers: the 200 level numbers are for freshmen and sophomores, 400 level numbers by juniors and seniors.

Applied Music Credits: 18


Individual Instruction Credits: (12)


At least 4 credits of MUS 364 are required.
  • MUS 164 - Major Applied Area (Individual Instruction) Credits: (1, 2, or 4)
  • MUS 264 - Major Applied Area (Individual Instruction) Credits: (1, 2, or 4)
  • MUS 364 - Major-applied Area (Individual Instruction) Credits: (1,2, or 4)

Conducting Credits: (6)


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

Music Theory Credits: 21


First Year Theory Credits: (9)


Students enrolled in the first-year theory sequence (MUS 144, MUS 145 and MUS 146) must have passed or be currently enrolled in the corresponding class piano course (MUS 154A). A waiver of this requirement can be obtained by demonstrating keyboard skills to any piano faculty member.
  • MUS 144 - First-year Theory Credits: (3)
  • MUS 145 - First-year Theory Credits: (3)
  • MUS 146 - First-year Theory Credits: (3)

Second Year Theory Credits: (9)


  • MUS 244 - Second-year Theory Credits: (3)
  • MUS 245 - Second-year Theory Credits: (3)
  • MUS 246 - Second-year Theory Credits: (3)

Upper-Division Theory Credits: (3)


  • MUS 343 - Counterpoint I Credits: (3)

Music History Credits: 12


  • MUS 359 - Survey of Music in Cross-cultural Perspectives Credits: (3)
  • MUS 372 - Music History to 1600 Credits: (2)
  • MUS 373 - Music History, 1600 to 1800 Credits: (3)
  • MUS 374 - Music History, 1800 to the Present Credits: (4)

Core Total Credits: 75 to 76


Additional Required Courses Credits: 15


  • MUS 154A - Class Instruction, Piano Credits: (1)
  • Credits: (2) 2 quarters, each 1 credit
  • MUS 230 - Diction in Singing Foreign Languages Credits: (3)
  • MUS 323 - Choral Music Education Credits: (3)
  • MUS 329 - General Music Methods Credits: (4)
  • MUS 425B - Pedagogy, Vocal Credits: (3)

Total Music Credits: 90-91


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