Bachelors (BA) in Music Education

The music education major offers a 78.5- to 79-semester-hour course of study that is designed to prepare students for pre-K-12 music education. Students are required to obtain a minimum grade of C- in all courses taken for the major. Music education admissions requirements, policies and procedures are listed on the teacher education department page.

Special General Education Requirements

Music education majors shall complete the following 51-hour general education requirement (the following summaries note total hours and exceptions to the university general education policy. Refer to the general education requirements of this catalog for specific course options):

  1. Senior Capstone: 3 hours
  2. Bible and Religion: 10 hours from stated options
  3. Communication: 6 hours from stated options
  4. Health and Human Performance: 3 hours from stated option
  5. Humanities: 11 hours from stated options. No more than one course in music allowed for music majors, and all music majors are strongly advised to take visual arts and literature courses rather than music courses for their general education options.
  6. Mathematics: 3 hours from stated options
  7. Natural Science: 6 hours from stated options
  8. Social Science: 6 hours from stated options, including PSYC 150 General Psychology (3)
  9. Global and Cultural Understanding: 3 hours from stated options (since MUSI 130 Music in World Cultures is only 2 hours, it will not fulfill this requirement)

Major Requirements

Music Core (32.5 hours)
MUSI 121 Theory I 3
MUSI 122 Theory II 3
MUSI 130 Music in World Cultures 2
MUSI 131 Sight Singing and Ear Training I 1
MUSI 132 Sight Singing and Ear Training II 1
MUSI 180 Introduction to Music Technology 2
MUSI 200 Basic Conducting 1.5
MUSI 221 Theory III 4
MUSI 222 Theory IV 4
MUSI 311 Music History I 3
MUSI 312 Music History II 3
MUSI 320 Form and Analysis 2
MUSI 400 Music and Christian Faith 2
MUSI 490 Degree Recital/Project 1
Applied Music, Ensembles and Proficiencies (7.5 hours)

Applied Music Jury and Upper Division Standing

All students enter the applied program at the 100 level. Before being advanced to upper-division study, the student must pass a faculty jury. All applied music students are expected to perform periodically in studio or public recitals, but only students who have advanced to upper-division study levels will be permitted to present a half recital. (For additional information, please see Applied Lessons Policy below.)

Ensemble Requirement

MUSA 105/305 Applied Music (six consecutive semesters) 4
MUSA Ensemble coursework (seven consecutive semesters) 3.5

Recital requirement and Upper Division Standing

A solo recital and achievement of upper-division standing is required of all students. The recital is given in the junior or senior year after the students has been granted upper-division standing and has passed a recital hearing given before the applied music faculty. Music education majors may not perform their recital during their student teaching.

Professional Development Requirement – To be completed over a four-year program.

  • Conferences (attend a minimum of two – State or Regional/NW)
  • On-Campus Activities (serve at two every year – Choral Symposium, Choral Festival, Band Festival and Band Clinic
  • OSAA State Choir or Band Festival/Clinic (serve at one event)
  • Workshops/Festivals (attend three approved events – may substitute an ensemble officer position for one event)
  • Field Supervision – STRONGLY recommended (one full semester experience which includes classroom observation and a K-12 school concert)
  • Membership and active participation in CMENC activities
  • Lab Ensembles (conducting and participation is required a total of three times with one in the freshman, sophomore and junior years
Professional Courses (36 hours)
EDUC 240 Perspectives in Education 2
EDUC 341 Learning Theory 2
EDUC 370 Curriculum and Instruction 3
EDUC 375 Student Teaching I and Classroom Management 2
EDUC 475 Student Teaching II 12
EDUC 490 Senior Seminar 3
MUSI 190 Foundation of Music Education 1
MUSI 410 Elementary Music Methods 3
MUSI 411 Middle Level and High School Music Methods 3
MUSI 460 Advanced Conducting 2
PSYC 310 Lifespan Human Development 3

Tracks (2.5-3 hours)

Instrumental Track
MUSI 270 Music Techniques Instrumental I 1
MUSI 271 Music Techniques Instrumental II 1

Private voice lessons (.5) or Class voice (1)

.5-1
Choral Track
MUSI 272 Music Techniques Vocal 1
MUSI 273 Instrumental Music Techniques for Choral Conductors 1

Class guitar or vocal diction

1

Applied Music Policy

Individual instruction is offered in voice, piano, organ, strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, drum set, bass guitar and guitar. Music majors are required to enroll in applied music lessons each semester.

Each semester will include:

  1. Thirteen 30-minute lessons
  2. A jury (on the Monday of each final exam week)
  3. A minimum of 10 lessons (or roughly 75 percent of the lessons) must be attended by a student in order to receive a passing grade in applied music.
  4. Incomplete grades will only be given for applied lessons with instructor approval. (Further instruction fees may apply.)

Students are charged an additional instructional fee each semester per credit. Each half-credit reflects 13 30-minute lessons.

Lessons will be made up if the teacher had to be absent or a student was unable to come to a lesson due to extended illness (with the appropriate nurse's or doctor's verification). It is the responsibility of the teacher or student to notify the other in advance if a lesson cannot be attended. Make-up lessons for any other reasons generally will not be given.

Through the second full week of lessons in each semester, students may discontinue study and be charged only for the number of scheduled lessons to date. Any of the lessons missed during the two-week period because of an extended illness will be made up. Any lesson missed because the teacher had to be absent will also be made up. Any lessons missed without a valid reason, as stated above, will not be made up but will still be charged to the student's account.

Students who discontinue lessons after the end of the second week may officially withdraw during the withdraw period.  However, they will forfeit the instructional fee charged for the entire semester. The applied teacher will receive the total amount. One exception to this manner of dealing with charges is when students are incapacitated or have an official doctor's order to discontinue study (legitimate examples include a drummer who breaks an arm or a vocalist who develops vocal nodules and must be silent for a significant period of time). Any refund in these special cases will be given only for the remaining weeks of study after the student has met with the applied instructor.

All students enter the applied program at the 100 level. Before being advanced to upper-division study, the student must pass a faculty jury. All applied music students are expected to perform periodically in studio or public recital, but only students who have advanced to upper-division study levels will be permitted to present a half or full recital. These recitals may be given only by permission after the student has performed the recital repertoire in a faculty hearing.

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