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B.S. Degree in Music Education {21-22}

B.S. Degree in Music Education

Description
The Bachelor of Science in Music Education (emphasis in instrumental education or emphasis in vocal education) prepares students for Minnesota licensure in K-12 Music Education – Instrumental or K-12 Music Education - Vocal. Students interested in obtaining licensure to teach K-12 Music Education must be admitted to the Teacher Education program and satisfy all Selective Admission and Retention in Teacher Education (SARTE) requirements, which are listed at https://www.mnstate.edu/education/sarte.aspx. Admission to the MSUM Teacher Education program ensures that candidates meet specific requirements to enable Minnesota Teacher License application at graduation. The Teacher Education requirements for licensure include professional education courses that are in addition to the specific music program requirements for the BS in Music Education. Completion of 136 credits and a 2.5 GPA is required for this degree which includes the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core (42 credits) and K-12 Teaching Licensure Education requirements (33 credits).

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a sufficient level of technique in their primary performance medium to artistically perform standard undergraduate level repertoire.
  • Understand the common elements and organizational patterns in music to demonstrate knowledge of forms, processes, structure, context, and styles including diverse cultural sources, from historical and theoretical perspectives.
  • Show competency in secondary performing areas including piano and conducting.
  • Complete a capstone writing project in music and Senior Performance Recital.
  • Demonstrate the ability to teach in a school music classroom.

Core Requirements ( 60 credits )

Students must select an emphasis in either Instrumental Music Education or Vocal Music Education. Students must earn at least a C- or higher in all core courses.

MUS 107A Music Theory I (3)
MUS 107B Aural Skills I (1)
MUS 108A Music Theory II (3)
MUS 108B Aural Skills II (1)
MUS 207A Music Theory III (3)
MUS 207B Aural Skills III (1)
MUS 208 Music Theory IV (2)
MUS 300 Basic Conducting (2)
MUS 303 History of Western Music to 1750 (3)
MUS 304 History of Western Music since 1750 (3)
MUS 316 World Music Survey (3)
MUS 374 Instrumental/Choral Arranging (2)
Total: 27 credits

Secondary Education Licensure Requirements
Students must earn at least a C- or higher in all licensure coursework.

COMM 100 Speech Communication (3)
ED 205 Introduction to Education (3)
ED 294 Educational Psychology (3)
ED 310 Social Foundations of Education (3)
ED 498 The Professional Teacher in the Classroom (3)
ED 448 Reading Study Skills in the Content Areas (3)
ED 461S Student Teaching: Secondary (12) or
ED 460S Student Teaching: Secondary (6) and
EECE 480E Student Teaching: Elementary (6) or
ED 461V Student Teaching: Secondary/K-12 (12)
SPED 413 Teaching in Inclusive Environments (3)
Total: 33 credits

Teacher licensure requirements must be met in order to receive a secondary teaching license in the state of Minnesota. The MN Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board information can be found HERE.

Information on MSUM Teacher Licensure can be found HERE.

Emphasis in Instrumental Music

Program Requirements ( 42 credits )

Students in this major must pass piano and guitar proficiency exams and present a recital.

A student teaching qualifying exam, taken the semester prior to application to student teaching, must be passed before a student teaching assignment is arranged. Due to the student teaching internship and state-mandated licensure components for this degree, there are more credits required than the 120 ordinarily needed for a Bachelor’s of Science degree. Usually students will need one semester beyond four years or enrollment in one or more summer sessions to complete this degree.

In addition to the courses listed below, students must earn:

Twelve (12) credits of performance study on the principal instrument, 2 of which must be at the 300 level or above

Two (2) credits of piano performance study which may include Class Piano III and/or IV

Seven (7) credits of instrumental ensemble, 2 credits minimum for large ensembles and 2 credits minimum for small ensembles

Students must also participate in at least one semester of a choral ensemble.

MUS 117 Guitar for Non-Majors (1)
MUS 152 Class Voice (1)
MUS 231 Methods for Teaching Woodwinds I (1)
MUS 232 Methods for Teaching Woodwinds II (1)
MUS 233 Methods for Teaching Brass Instruments (1)
MUS 234 Methods for Teaching String Instruments (1)
MUS 235 Methods for Teaching Percussion (1)
MUS 240 American Music (3)
MUS 333 Teaching General Music K-12 (3)
MUS 335 Secondary School Instrumental Methods and Literature (3)
MUS 378 Advanced Conducting (3)
MUS 450 Student Recital (1)


Emphasis in Vocal Music

Program Requirements ( 42 credits )

Students in this major must pass piano and guitar proficiency exams and present a recital.

A student teaching qualifying exam, taken the semester prior to application to student teaching, must be passed before a student teaching assignment is arranged. Due to the student teaching internship and state-mandated licensure components for this degree, there are more credits required than the 128 ordinarily needed for a Bachelor's of Science degree. Usually students will need one semester beyond four years or enrollment in one or more summer sessions to complete this degree.

In addition to the courses listed below, students must earn:

Twelve (12) credits of voice performance study, 2 of which must be at the 300 level or above

Four (4) credits of piano performance study which may include Class Piano III and/or IV

Seven (7) credits of vocal ensemble.

Students must enroll for one credit of vocal performance study each semester that they have full-time status, and register for two credits during the semester that they perform their recital. Students must participate in a vocal ensemble each semester that they have full-time status, with the exception of the semester in which they do their student teaching.

MUS 191 Diction (2)
MUS 117 Guitar for Non-Majors (1)
MUS 240 American Music (3)
MUS 333 Teaching General Music K-12 (3)
MUS 334 Secondary School Choral Methods and Literature (3)
MUS 378 Advanced Conducting (3)
MUS 432 Voice Pedagogy (3)
MUS 450 Student Recital (1)