Earn your BA and BM

At the University of Iowa, music education undergraduate students earn a Bachelor of Music in performance as well as a Bachelor of Arts in music education for K-12 vocal and instrumental certification. Students earn degrees from two different colleges: the Bachelor of Music from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the Bachelor of Arts from the College of Education Teacher Education Program (TEP).

Students who want to earn a Bachelor of Arts in music education must audition on their instrument or voice for admission into one of the performance studios.

Direct admission for eligible freshmen

Any student who, upon graduation from high school, has a 3.0 high school grade-point average and who has been accepted into a music studio will be directly admitted into the Bachelor of Arts in music education. This admission is contingent upon submission and acceptance of official verification of the music students’ high school GPA prior to the start of freshman year, and completion of required paperwork (application form and 10 volunteer hours in K-12 school) prior to Dec. 1 freshmen year.

Successful applicants will then pursue a Bachelor of Music degree from the School of Music and take additional music education methods courses and professional education courses offered through the Department of Teaching & Learning in the College of Education.

Students not directly admitted may apply to the College of Education Teacher Education Program (TEP).

Applications are accepted:

  • March 1 to May 1 for summer and fall admission
  • Oct. 1 to Dec. 1 for spring admission

Requirements and program planning

Students interested in pursuing music education at the University of Iowa earn both a Bachelor of Music through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education degree from the College of Education. Students seeking licensure/certification in music education should enroll in the BM program. 

The Bachelor of Music requires a minimum of 120 semester hours of credit. Students must maintain a GPA of at least 2.00 in all courses for the major and in all UI courses for the major. They must also complete the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences General Education CLAS Core.

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General education

Includes 35 semester hours in addition to whatever credits are needed to satisfy the World Languages requirement:

  • Communication and literacy:
    • Rhetoric, 4 semester hours
    • Interpretation of Literature, 3 semester hours
    • World Languages, 0-16 semester hours
  • Natural, quantitative, and social sciences
    • Quantitative or Formal Reasoning*, 3 semester hours
    • Natural Sciences, 2 courses including 1 lab for 7 semester hours
  • Culture, society, and the arts
    • Historical Perspectives, 3 semester hours
      • Note: Satisfied by History of Music I or II
    • Social Sciences, 3 semester hours
    • International and Global Issues, 3 semester hours
    • Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts, 3 semester hours
    • Diversity and Inclusion, 3 semester hours
      • Note: Satisfied by Foundations of Special Education.
    • Values and Culture, 3 semester hours
      • Note: Satisfied by Human Relations for the Classroom Teacher

*Select from the following:

  • MATH:---
    • Not including MATH:0100, MATH:0300, MATH:1000, and MATH:1005
  • STAT:1010, STAT:1020, STAT:1030
  • PSQF:1020
  • CS:1110, CS:1210
Musicianship

Includes 28 to 32 semester hours

  • Musicianship & Theory I (MUS:1201)*, 4 semester hours
  • Musicianship & Theory II (MUS:1202), 4 semester hours
  • Musicianship & Theory III (MUS:2203), 4 semester hours
  • Musicianship & Theory IV (MUS:2204), 4 semester hours
  • Group Instruction Piano I (MUS:1211)**, 1 semester hour
  • Group Instruction Piano II (MUS:1212)**, 1 semester hour
  • History of Western Music I (MUS:2301), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Also meets General Education Requirement for Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts and Historical Perspectives.
  • History of Western Music II (MUS:2302), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Also meets General Education Requirement for Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts and Historical Perspectives.
  • Recital Attendance (MUS:1210), 6 semester hours
  • Techniques of Conducting (MUS:3625), 2 semester hours

*Entering students who do not have Advanced Placement (AP) or transfer credit should enroll in MUS:1201 and take Placement Exam A, administered online in the summer before the start of the fall semester, to determine readiness for the sequence. Learn more about this process.

**Students will take a piano placement exam and may place out of one or both group piano classes based on their proficiency.

Cultural diversity music requirement

3 semester hours required; select one of the following:

  • Jazz Cultures in America and Abroad (MUS:1009), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Also meets General Education Requirement for Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts and Values and Culture.
  • World Music (MUS:1310), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Also meets General Education Requirement for Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts.
  • Music of Latin America and the Caribbean (MUS:2311), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Also meets General Education Requirement for Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts and Values and Culture.
  • Advanced Jazz History (MUS:4350), 3 semester hours
Applied music performance

Includes 25 semester hours

  • Lower level applied lessons* (MUS:----), 8 semester hours
  • Upper level applied lessons (MUS:----), 8 semester hours
  • Major Ensemble (MUS:----)**, 8 semester hours
    • MUS:3160 for wind and percussion majors
    • MUS:3170, MUS:3172, MUS:3174, or MUS:3176 for vocal majors
    • MUS:3180 for strings majors
  • Senior Recital (MUS:4900)
    • Note: Cannot be scheduled during student teaching.

*A maximum of 6 semesters (12 semester hours) in lower-level applied instruction is allowed.

**With advisor consent, keyboard majors may substitute piano accompaniment for major ensemble participation for a maximum of two semesters during their junior and/or senior years.

Theory-based courses

Select 3 semester hours from these:

  • Form and Analysis (MUS:2206), 3 semester hours
  • Introduction to Jazz Improvisation (MUS:3001), 3 semester hours
  • Instrumentation (MUSL3220), 2 semester hours
  • Arranging for Band (MUS:3665), 2 to 3 semester hours
  • Intermediate Jazz Improvisation (MUS:3710), 2 semester hours
  • Jazz Theory (MUS:3750), 2 semester hours
  • Counterpoint Before 1600 (MUS:4200), 3 semester hours
  • Counterpoint After 1600 (MUS:4201), 3 semester hours
  • Keyboard Harmony (MUS:4210), 1 to 2 semester hours
  • Upper Level Jazz (MUS:3038), 2 semester hours
  • Transcription (MUS:4750), 2 semester hours
Additional brass/woodwind area requirements
  • Wind Chamber Music (MUS:3485), 1 semester hour
Music electives

Remaining 17 semester hours of electives are fulfilled by BA in Music Education requirements.

Core education courses

18 semester hours total, including:

  • Educational Psychology and Measurement (PSQF:1075)*, 3 semester hours
  • Foundations of Education (EPLS:3000)*, 3 semester hours
  • Foundations of Special Education (EDTL:4900)*, 3 semester hours
  • Teaching and Learning Technologies (EDTL:3002), 2 semester hours
  • Secondary Education Orientation and Classroom Management (EDTL:3091), 3 semester hours
  • Teaching Reading in Secondary Content Areas (EDTL:3095), 1 semester hour
  • Human Relations for the Classroom Teacher (EPLS:4180), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Also meets General Education Requirement for Values and Culture.

*Can complete before TEP

Elementary school general music methods

5 semester hours total, including:

  • Introduction and Practicum: Music (EDTL:3610), 2 semester hours
    • Note: Recommended to take within the first 1-3 semester of TEP. Students need to block a minimum of 2 hours between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. for pre-student teaching field experiences.
  • Methods and Materials: General Music (EDT:3620), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Offered in spring semester only
Secondary school music education methods

20 semester hours

  • Instrumental Methods (EDTL:3650)*, 3 semester hours
    • Note: Offered in fall semester only
  • Choral Methods (EDTL:3640)*, 3 semester hours
    • Note: Offered in fall semester only
  • Instrumental Conducting (EDTL:3635)*, 3 semester hours
    • Note: Offered in spring semester only
  • Instrumental Techniques (EDTL:3605)*, 6 semester hours
    • Percussion/Flute (EDTL:3605:0001), fall semester only
    • Brass (EDTL:3605:0002), spring semester only
    • Woodwinds (EDTL:3605:0003), spring semester only
  • Class Strings (MUS:3659:0001)*, 1 semester hour
  • Marching Band (MUS:3165), 1 semester hour
  • Marching Band Techniques (MUS:3666), 1 semester hour
  • Jazz Rhythms and Interpretations (MUS:1711), 1 semester hour
  • Jazz Band Techniques (MUS:3760), 1 semester hour

*Can be taken prior to TEP

Student teaching

15 semester hours

  • Observation and Lab Practice in Secondary School (EDTL:4091:0061), 6 semester hours
  • Special Area Student Teaching, Elementary (EDTL:4192:0020), 6 semester hours
  • Seminar: Curriculum and Student Teaching (EDTL:4087:0061), 3 semester hours

General education

Includes 35 semester hours in addition to whatever credits are needed to satisfy the World Languages requirement:

  • Communication and literacy:
    • Rhetoric, 4 semester hours
    • Interpretation of Literature, 3 semester hours
    • World Languages, 0-16 semester hours
  • Natural, quantitative, and social sciences
    • *Quantitative or Formal Reasoning, 3 semester hours
    • Natural Sciences, 2 courses including 1 lab for 7 semester hours
      • Note: Physics of Sound (PHYS:1410) is recommended.
  • Culture, society, and the arts
    • Historical Perspectives, 3 semester hours
      • Note: Satisfied by History of Music I or II
    • Social Sciences, 3 semester hours
      • Note: African American Society (AFAM:1030) is recomended.
    • International and Global Issues, 3 semester hours
    • Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts, 3 semester hours
      • Note: Recommended course numbers include MUS:2302, MUS:2311, MUS:1009, MUS:1012, MUS:1066, MUS:1800, and MUS:2005.
    • Diversity and Inclusion, 3 semester hours
      • Note: Satisfied by Foundations of Special Education.
    • Values and Culture, 3 semester hours
      • Note: Satisfied by Human Relations for the Classroom Teacher

*Select from the following:

  • MATH:---
    • Not including MATH:0100, MATH:0300, MATH:1000, and MATH:1005
  • STAT:1010, STAT:1020, STAT:1030
  • PSQF:1020
  • CS:1110, CS:1210
Musicianship

Includes 28 to 32 semester hours

  • Musicianship & Theory I (MUS:1201)*, 4 semester hours
  • Musicianship & Theory II (MUS:1202)*, 4 semester hours
  • Group Instruction Piano I (MUS:1211)**, 1 semester hour
  • Group Instruction Piano II (MUS:1212)**, 1 semester hour
  • Recital Attendance (MUS:1210), 6 semester hours
  • Jazz Rhythms and Interpretation I (MUS:1711), 1 semester hour
  • Jazz Rhythms and Interpretation II (MUS:1712), 1 semester hour
  • Advanced Jazz History (MUS:4350), 3 semester hours
  • Jazz Matters (MUS:4360), 3 semester hours
  • Introduction to Jazz Improvisation (MUS:3001), 3 semester hours
  • Intermediate Jazz Improvisation (MUS:3710), 2 semester hours
  • Jazz Theory (MUS:3740), 3 semester hours
  • Jazz Band Techniques (MUS:3760), 1 semester hour

*Entering students who do not have Advanced Placement (AP) or transfer credit should enroll in MUS:1201, and take Placement Exam A, administered online in the summer before the start of the fall semester, to determine readiness for the sequence. Learn more about this process.

**Students will take a piano placement exam and may place out of one or both Group Piano classes based on their proficiency.

Cultural diversity music requirement

3 semester hours required; select one of the following:

  • Music of Latin America and the Caribbean (MUS:2311), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Also meets General Education Requirement for Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts and Values and Culture.
  • World Music (MUS:1310), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Also meets General Education Requirement for Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts.
  • History of Western Music I (MUS:2301), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Also meets General Education Requirement for Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts and Historical Perspectives.
  • History of Western Music II (MUS:2302), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Also meets General Education Requirement for Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts and Historical Perspectives.
Applied music performance

Includes 29 semester hours

  • Lower level applied lessons* (MUS:----), 8 semester hours
  • Upper Level Jazz (MUS:3038), 6 semester hours
  • Jazz Transcription (MUS:4750), 2 semester hours
  • Jazz Band (MUS:3730), 6 semester hours
  • Small Jazz Ensembles (MUS:3740)**, 6 semester hours
  • Senior Recital (MUS:4900)
    • Note: Cannot be scheduled during student teaching.

*A maximum of 6 semesters (12 semester hours) in lower-level applied instruction is allowed.

**Music education students can swap 2 semester hours of this course for BA requirements on a case-by-case basis. Discuss with jazz studies faculty.

Additional jazz core requirements

Includes 13 semester hours

  • Jazz Composition and Arranging (MUS:4760), 2 semester hours
  • Audio Recording (MUS:3780)*, 3 semester hours
  • Advanced Jazz Composition (MUS:4761), 2 semester hours
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ENTR:2000)*, 3 semester hours
  • Introduction to African American Culture (AFAM:1020), 3 semester hours

*Music education students can swap 2 semester hours of this course for BA requirements on a case-by-case basis. Discuss with jazz studies faculty.

Music electives

9 semester hours included; all courses are repeatable:

  • Audition Repertoire (MUS:3140), 1 to 6 semester hours
  • IND Special Studies (MUS:3999), 1 to 3 semester hours

Remaining 6 semester hours of electives are fulfilled by BA Music Education requirements.

Core education courses

18 semester hours total, including:

  • Educational Psychology and Measurement (PSQF:1075)*, 3 semester hours
  • Foundations of Education (EPLS:3000)*, 3 semester hours
  • Foundations of Special Education (EDTL:4900)*, 3 semester hours
  • Teaching and Learning Technologies (EDTL:3002), 2 semester hours
  • Secondary Education Orientation and Classroom Management (EDTL:3091), 3 semester hours
  • Teaching Reading in Secondary Content Areas (EDTL:3095), 1 semester hour
  • Human Relations for the Classroom Teacher (EPLS:4180), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Also meets General Education Requirement for Values and Culture.

*Can complete before TEP

Elementary school general music methods

5 semester hours total, including:

  • Introduction and Practicum: Music (EDTL:3610), 2 semester hours
    • Note: Recommended to take within the first 1-3 semester of TEP. Students need to block a minimum of 2 hours between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. for pre-student teaching field experiences.
  • Methods and Materials: General Music (EDT:3620), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Offered in spring semester only
Secondary school music education methods

13 to 26 semester hours

  • Techniques of Conducting (EDTL:3625)*, 2 semester hours
    • Note: Offered in fall semester only
  • Instrumental Methods (EDTL:3650), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Offered in fall semester only
  • Choral Methods (EDTL:3640), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Offered in fall semester only
  • Major Symphonic Ensemble (MUS:---)*, 4 semester hours
    • Includes MUS:3160 for band/orchestra emphasis
    • Includes MUS:3170, MUS:3172, MUS:3174, or MUS:3176 for choral emphasis

*Can be taken prior to TEP

Band emphasis

24 semester hours

  • Instrumental Conducting (EDTL:3635)*, 3 semester hours
    • Note: Offered in spring semester only
  • Marching Band (MUS:3165), 1 semester hour
  • Marching Band Techniques (MUS:3666), 1 semester hour
  • Instrumental Techniques (EDTL:3605), 6 semester hours
    • Percussion/Flute (EDTL:3605:0001), fall semester only
    • Brass (EDTL:3605:0002), spring semester only
    • Woodwinds (EDTL:3605:0003), spring semester only
  • Class Strings (MUS:3659:0001)*, 1 semester hour

*Can be taken prior to TEP

Strings emphasis

20 semester hours

  • Instrumental Conducting (EDTL:3635)*, 3 semester hours
    • Note: Offered in spring semester only
  • Introduction to Wind/Percussion Instruments (MUS:3664), 2 semester hours
  • Class Strings (MUS:3659:0002), 3 semester hours
    • Note: This course is repeatable. String majors are expected to study three semesters of this course on three stringed instruments other than their primary instrument.

*Can be taken prior to TEP

Choral emphasis

24 semester hours

  • Choral Conducting and Literature (EDTL:3645), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Offered in spring semester only
  • Secondary Performance: Voice (MUS:1120), 2 semester hours
    • Note: 2 semesters required
  • Diction for Singers I, Italian/German (MUS:1510), 2 semester hours
  • Diction for Singers II, English/French (MUS:2510), 2 semester hours
  • Introduction to Wind/Percussion Instruments (MUS:3664)*, 2 semester hours
  • Class Strings (MUS:3659:0001), 1 semester hour

*Can be taken prior to TEP

Student teaching

15 semester hours

  • Observation and Lab Practice in Secondary School (EDTL:4091:0061), 6 semester hours
  • Special Area Student Teaching, Elementary (EDTL:4192:0020), 6 semester hours
  • Seminar: Curriculum and Student Teaching (EDTL:4087:0061), 3 semester hours

General education

Includes 35 semester hours in addition to whatever credits are needed to satisfy the World Languages requirement:

  • Communication and literacy:
    • Rhetoric, 4 semester hours
    • Interpretation of Literature, 3 semester hours
    • World Languages, 0-16 semester hours
  • Natural, quantitative, and social sciences
    • *Quantitative or Formal Reasoning, 3 semester hours
    • Natural Sciences, 2 courses including 1 lab for 7 semester hours
  • Culture, society, and the arts
    • Historical Perspectives, 3 semester hours
      • Note: Satisfied by History of Music I or II
    • Social Sciences, 3 semester hours
    • International and Global Issues, 3 semester hours
    • Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts, 3 semester hours
    • Diversity and Inclusion, 3 semester hours
      • Note: Satisfied by Foundations of Special Education.
    • Values and Culture, 3 semester hours
      • Note: Satisfied by Human Relations for the Classroom Teacher

*Select from the following:

  • MATH:---
    • Not including MATH:0100, MATH:0300, MATH:1000, and MATH:1005
  • STAT:1010, STAT:1020, STAT:1030
  • PSQF:1020
  • CS:1110, CS:1210
Musicianship

Includes 26 to 30 semester hours

  • Musicianship & Theory I (MUS:1201)*, 4 semester hours
  • Musicianship & Theory II (MUS:1202), 4 semester hours
  • Musicianship & Theory III (MUS:2203), 4 semester hours
  • Musicianship & Theory IV (MUS:2204), 4 semester hours
  • History of Western Music I (MUS:2301), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Also meets General Education Requirement for Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts and Historical Perspectives.
  • History of Western Music II (MUS:2302), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Also meets General Education Requirement for Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts and Historical Perspectives.
  • Recital Attendance (MUS:1210), 6 semester hours
  • Techniques of Conducting (MUS:3625), 2 semester hours

*Entering students who do not have Advanced Placement (AP) or transfer credit should enroll in MUS:1201 and take Placement Exam A, administered online in the summer before the start of the fall semester, to determine readiness for the sequence. Learn more about this process.

Cultural diversity music requirement

3 semester hours required; select one of the following:

  • Jazz Cultures in America and Abroad (MUS:1009), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Also meets General Education Requirement for Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts and Values and Culture.
  • World Music (MUS:1310), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Also meets General Education Requirement for Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts.
  • Music of Latin America and the Caribbean (MUS:2311), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Also meets General Education Requirement for Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts and Values and Culture.
  • Advanced Jazz History (MUS:4350), 3 semester hours
Applied music performance

Includes 25 semester hours

  • Lower level applied lessons* (MUS:----), 8 semester hours
  • Upper level applied lessons (MUS:----), 8 semester hours
  • Major Ensemble (MUS:----)**, 8 semester hours
    • MUS:3160 for wind and percussion majors
    • MUS:3170, MUS:3172, MUS:3174, or MUS:3176 for vocal majors
    • MUS:3180 for strings majors
  • Senior Recital (MUS:4900)
    • Note: Cannot be scheduled during student teaching.

*A maximum of 6 semesters (12 semester hours) in lower-level applied instruction is allowed.

**With advisor consent, keyboard majors may substitute piano accompaniment for major ensemble participation for a maximum of two semesters during their junior and/or senior years.

Theory-based courses

Select 3 semester hours from these:

  • Form and Analysis (MUS:2206), 3 semester hours
  • Introduction to Jazz Improvisation (MUS:3001), 3 semester hours
  • Arranging for Band (MUS:3665), 2 to 3 semester hours
  • Intermediate Jazz Improvisation (MUS:3710), 2 semester hours
  • Jazz Theory (MUS:3750), 2 semester hours
  • Counterpoint Before 1600 (MUS:4200), 3 semester hours
  • Counterpoint After 1600 (MUS:4201), 3 semester hours
  • Keyboard Harmony (MUS:4210), 1 to 2 semester hours
  • Upper Level Jazz (MUS:3038), 2 semester hours
  • Transcription (MUS:4750), 2 semester hours
Additional organ area requirements

8 semester hours

  • Organ Literature Survey (MUS:4450), 4 semester hours
  • Liturgics (MUS:4452), 2 semester hours
  • Service Playing and Improvisation (MUS:4454), 2 semester hours
Music electives

Remaining 10 semester hours of electives are fulfilled by BA in Music Education requirements.

Core education courses

18 semester hours total, including:

  • Educational Psychology and Measurement (PSQF:1075)*, 3 semester hours
  • Foundations of Education (EPLS:3000)*, 3 semester hours
  • Foundations of Special Education (EDTL:4900)*, 3 semester hours
  • Teaching and Learning Technologies (EDTL:3002), 2 semester hours
  • Secondary Education Orientation and Classroom Management (EDTL:3091), 3 semester hours
  • Teaching Reading in Secondary Content Areas (EDTL:3095), 1 semester hour
  • Human Relations for the Classroom Teacher (EPLS:4180), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Also meets General Education Requirement for Values and Culture.

*Can complete before TEP

Elementary school general music methods

5 semester hours total, including:

  • Introduction and Practicum: Music (EDTL:3610), 2 semester hours
    • Note: Recommended to take within the first 1-3 semester of TEP. Students need to block a minimum of 2 hours between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. for pre-student teaching field experiences.
  • Methods and Materials: General Music (EDT:3620), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Offered in spring semester only
Secondary school music education methods

13 to 20 semester hours

  • Instrumental Methods (EDTL:3650), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Offered in fall semester only
  • Choral Methods (EDTL:3640), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Offered in fall semester only
Keyboard majors are expected to include major ensemble experiences that align with their area of emphasis.
Band emphasis

20 semester hours

  • Instrumental Conducting (EDTL:3635)*, 3 semester hours
    • Note: Offered in spring semester only
  • Marching Band (MUS:3165), 1 semester hour
  • Marching Band Techniques (MUS:3666), 1 semester hour
  • Jazz Rhythms and Interpretations (MUS:1711), 1 semester hour
  • Jazz Band Techniques (MUS:3760), 1 semester hour
  • Instrumental Techniques (EDTL:3605), 6 semester hours
    • Percussion/Flute (EDTL:3605:0001), fall semester only
    • Brass (EDTL:3605:0002), spring semester only
    • Woodwinds (EDTL:3605:0003), spring semester only
  • Class Strings (MUS:3659:0001)*, 1 semester hour

*Can be taken prior to TEP

Strings emphasis

20 semester hours

  • Instrumental Conducting (EDTL:3635)*, 3 semester hours
    • Note: Offered in spring semester only
  • Introduction to Wind/Percussion Instruments (MUS:3664), 2 semester hours
  • Class Strings (MUS:3659:0002), 3 semester hours
    • Note: This course is repeatable. String majors are expected to study three semesters of this course on three stringed instruments other than their primary instrument.

*Can be taken prior to TEP

Choral emphasis

14 semester hours

  • Choral Conducting and Literature (EDTL:3645), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Offered in spring semester only
  • Secondary Performance: Voice (MUS:1120), 2 semester hours
    • Note: 2 semesters required
  • Diction for Singers I, Italian/German (MUS:1510), 2 semester hours
  • Diction for Singers II, English/French (MUS:2510), 2 semester hours
  • Introduction to Wind/Percussion Instruments (MUS:3664)*, 2 semester hours
  • Class Strings (MUS:3659:0001), 1 semester hour

*Can be taken prior to TEP

Student teaching

15 semester hours

  • Observation and Lab Practice in Secondary School (EDTL:4091:0061), 6 semester hours
  • Special Area Student Teaching, Elementary (EDTL:4192:0020), 6 semester hours
  • Seminar: Curriculum and Student Teaching (EDTL:4087:0061), 3 semester hours

General education

Includes 35 semester hours in addition to whatever credits are needed to satisfy the World Languages requirement:

  • Communication and literacy:
    • Rhetoric, 4 semester hours
    • Interpretation of Literature, 3 semester hours
    • World Languages, 0-16 semester hours
  • Natural, quantitative, and social sciences
    • *Quantitative or Formal Reasoning, 3 semester hours
    • Natural Sciences, 2 courses including 1 lab for 7 semester hours
  • Culture, society, and the arts
    • Historical Perspectives, 3 semester hours
      • Note: Satisfied by History of Music I or II
    • Social Sciences, 3 semester hours
    • International and Global Issues, 3 semester hours
    • Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts, 3 semester hours
    • Diversity and Inclusion, 3 semester hours
      • Note: Satisfied by Foundations of Special Education.
    • Values and Culture, 3 semester hours
      • Note: Satisfied by Human Relations for the Classroom Teacher

*Select from the following:

  • MATH:---
    • Not including MATH:0100, MATH:0300, MATH:1000, and MATH:1005
  • STAT:1010, STAT:1020, STAT:1030
  • PSQF:1020
  • CS:1110, CS:1210
Musicianship

Includes 26 to 30 semester hours

  • Musicianship & Theory I (MUS:1201)*, 4 semester hours
  • Musicianship & Theory II (MUS:1202), 4 semester hours
  • Musicianship & Theory III (MUS:2203), 4 semester hours
  • Musicianship & Theory IV (MUS:2204), 4 semester hours
  • Group Instruction Piano I (MUS:1212)**, 1 semester hour
  • Group Instruction Piano II (MUS:1211)**, 1 semester hour
  • History of Western Music I (MUS:2301), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Also meets General Education Requirement for Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts and Historical Perspectives.
  • History of Western Music II (MUS:2302), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Also meets General Education Requirement for Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts and Historical Perspectives.
  • Recital Attendance (MUS:1210), 6 semester hours
  • Techniques of Conducting (MUS:3625), 2 semester hours

*Entering students who do not have Advanced Placement (AP) or transfer credit should enroll in MUS:1201 and take Placement Exam A, administered online in the summer before the start of the fall semester, to determine readiness for the sequence. Learn more about this process.

**Students will take a piano placement exam and may place out of one or both group piano classes based on their proficiency.

Cultural diversity music requirement

3 semester hours required; select one of the following:

  • Jazz Cultures in America and Abroad (MUS:1009), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Also meets General Education Requirement for Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts and Values and Culture.
  • World Music (MUS:1310), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Also meets General Education Requirement for Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts.
  • Music of Latin America and the Caribbean (MUS:2311), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Also meets General Education Requirement for Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts and Values and Culture.
  • Advanced Jazz History (MUS:4350), 3 semester hours
Applied music performance

Includes 25 semester hours

  • Lower level applied lessons* (MUS:----), 8 semester hours
  • Upper level applied lessons (MUS:----), 8 semester hours
  • Major Ensemble (MUS:----)**, 8 semester hours
    • MUS:3160 for wind and percussion majors
    • MUS:3170, MUS:3172, MUS:3174, or MUS:3176 for vocal majors
    • MUS:3180 for strings majors
  • Senior Recital (MUS:4900)
    • Note: Cannot be scheduled during student teaching.

*A maximum of 6 semesters (12 semester hours) in lower-level applied instruction is allowed.

**With advisor consent, keyboard majors may substitute piano accompaniment for major ensemble participation for a maximum of two semesters during their junior and/or senior years.

Theory-based courses

Select 3 semester hours from these:

  • Form and Analysis (MUS:2206), 3 semester hours
  • Introduction to Jazz Improvisation (MUS:3001), 3 semester hours
  • Instrumentation (MUS:3220), 2 semester hours
  • Arranging for Band (MUS:3665), 2 to 3 semester hours
  • Intermediate Jazz Improvisation (MUS:3710), 2 semester hours
  • Jazz Theory (MUS:3750), 2 semester hours
  • Counterpoint Before 1600 (MUS:4200), 3 semester hours
  • Counterpoint After 1600 (MUS:4201), 3 semester hours
  • Keyboard Harmony (MUS:4210), 1 to 2 semester hours
  • Upper Level Jazz (MUS:3038), 2 semester hours
  • Transcription (MUS:4750), 2 semester hours
Additional percussion area requirements

8 semester hours

  • Percussion Ensemble/Steel Band (MUS:3150), 6 semester hours
    • Note: 6 semesters
  • Intermediate Steel Band (MUS:3163), 2 semester hours
  • Note: 2 semesters
Music electives

Remaining 10 semester hours of electives are fulfilled by BA in Music Education requirements.

Core education courses

18 semester hours total, including:

  • Educational Psychology and Measurement (PSQF:1075)*, 3 semester hours
  • Foundations of Education (EPLS:3000)*, 3 semester hours
  • Foundations of Special Education (EDTL:4900)*, 3 semester hours
  • Teaching and Learning Technologies (EDTL:3002), 2 semester hours
  • Secondary Education Orientation and Classroom Management (EDTL:3091), 3 semester hours
  • Teaching Reading in Secondary Content Areas (EDTL:3095), 1 semester hour
  • Human Relations for the Classroom Teacher (EPLS:4180), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Also meets General Education Requirement for Values and Culture.

*Can complete before TEP

Elementary school general music methods

5 semester hours total, including:

  • Introduction and Practicum: Music (EDTL:3610), 2 semester hours
    • Note: Recommended to take within the first 1-3 semester of TEP. Students need to block a minimum of 2 hours between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. for pre-student teaching field experiences.
  • Methods and Materials: General Music (EDT:3620), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Offered in spring semester only
Secondary school music education methods

20 semester hours

  • Instrumental Methods (EDTL:3650)*, 3 semester hours
    • Note: Offered in fall semester only
  • Choral Methods (EDTL:3640)*, 3 semester hours
    • Note: Offered in fall semester only
  • Instrumental Conducting (EDTL:3635)*, 3 semester hours
    • Note: Offered in spring semester only
  • Instrumental Techniques (EDTL:3605)*, 6 semester hours
    • Percussion/Flute (EDTL:3605:0001), fall semester only
    • Brass (EDTL:3605:0002), spring semester only
    • Woodwinds (EDTL:3605:0003), spring semester only
  • Class Strings (MUS:3659:0001)*, 1 semester hour
  • Marching Band (MUS:3165), 1 semester hour
  • Marching Band Techniques (MUS:3666), 1 semester hour
  • Jazz Rhythms and Interpretations (MUS:1711), 1 semester hour
  • Jazz Band Techniques (MUS:3760), 1 semester hour

*Can be taken prior to TEP

Student teaching

15 semester hours

  • Observation and Lab Practice in Secondary School (EDTL:4091:0061), 6 semester hours
  • Special Area Student Teaching, Elementary (EDTL:4192:0020), 6 semester hours
  • Seminar: Curriculum and Student Teaching (EDTL:4087:0061), 3 semester hours

General education

Includes 35 semester hours in addition to whatever credits are needed to satisfy the World Languages requirement:

  • Communication and literacy:
    • Rhetoric, 4 semester hours
    • Interpretation of Literature, 3 semester hours
    • World Languages, 0-16 semester hours
  • Natural, quantitative, and social sciences
    • *Quantitative or Formal Reasoning, 3 semester hours
    • Natural Sciences, 2 courses including 1 lab for 7 semester hours
  • Culture, society, and the arts
    • Historical Perspectives, 3 semester hours
      • Note: Satisfied by History of Music I
    • Social Sciences, 3 semester hours
    • International and Global Issues, 3 semester hours
    • Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts, 3 semester hours
      • Note: Satisfied by History of Music II
    • Diversity and Inclusion, 3 semester hours
      • Note: Satisfied by Foundations of Special Education
    • Values and Culture, 3 semester hours
      • Note: Satisfied by Human Relations for the Classroom Teacher

*Select from the following:

  • MATH:---
    • Not including MATH:0100, MATH:0300, MATH:1000, and MATH:1005
  • STAT:1010, STAT:1020, STAT:1030
  • PSQF:1020
  • CS:1110, CS:1210
Musicianship

Includes 26 to 30 semester hours

  • Musicianship & Theory I (MUS:1201)*, 4 semester hours
  • Musicianship & Theory II (MUS:1202), 4 semester hours
  • Musicianship & Theory III (MUS:2203), 4 semester hours
  • Musicianship & Theory IV (MUS:2204), 4 semester hours
  • History of Western Music I (MUS:2301), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Also meets General Education Requirement for Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts and Historical Perspectives.
  • History of Western Music II (MUS:2302), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Also meets General Education Requirement for Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts and Historical Perspectives.
  • Recital Attendance (MUS:1210), 6 semester hours
  • Techniques of Conducting (MUS:3625), 2 semester hours

*Entering students who do not have Advanced Placement (AP) or transfer credit should enroll in MUS:1201 and take Placement Exam A, administered online in the summer before the start of the fall semester, to determine readiness for the sequence. Learn more about this process.

Cultural diversity music requirement

3 semester hours required; select one of the following:

  • Jazz Cultures in America and Abroad (MUS:1009), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Also meets General Education Requirement for Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts and Values and Culture.
  • World Music (MUS:1310), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Also meets General Education Requirement for Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts.
  • Music of Latin America and the Caribbean (MUS:2311), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Also meets General Education Requirement for Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts and Values and Culture.
  • Advanced Jazz History (MUS:4350), 3 semester hours
Applied music performance

Includes 25 semester hours

  • Lower level applied lessons* (MUS:----), 8 semester hours
  • Upper level applied lessons (MUS:----), 8 semester hours
  • Major Ensemble (MUS:----)**, 8 semester hours
    • MUS:3160 for wind and percussion majors
    • MUS:3170, MUS:3172, MUS:3174, or MUS:3176 for vocal majors
    • MUS:3180 for strings majors
  • Senior Recital (MUS:4900)
    • Note: Cannot be scheduled during student teaching.

*A maximum of 6 semesters (12 semester hours) in lower-level applied instruction is allowed.

**With advisor consent, keyboard majors may substitute piano accompaniment for major ensemble participation for a maximum of two semesters during their junior and/or senior years.

Theory-based courses

Select 3 semester hours from these:

  • Form and Analysis (MUS:2206), 3 semester hours
  • Introduction to Jazz Improvisation (MUS:3001), 3 semester hours
  • Instrumentation (MUS:3220), 2 semester hours
  • Arranging for Band (MUS:3665), 2 to 3 semester hours
  • Intermediate Jazz Improvisation (MUS:3710), 2 semester hours
  • Jazz Theory (MUS:3750), 2 semester hours
  • Counterpoint Before 1600 (MUS:4200), 3 semester hours
  • Counterpoint After 1600 (MUS:4201), 3 semester hours
  • Keyboard Harmony (MUS:4210), 1 to 2 semester hours
  • Upper Level Jazz (MUS:3038), 2 semester hours
  • Transcription (MUS:4750), 2 semester hours
Additional piano area requirements

5 to 6 semester hours

  • Methods of Teaching Piano (MUS:3400), 2 semester hours
  • Piano Chamber Music (MUS:3481), 2 semester hours
    • Note: 2 semesters
  • Select one of the following:
    • Group Instruction in Piano III (MUS:2213), 1 semester hour
    • Jazz Theory at the Piano (MUS:3750), 2 semester hours
Music electives

Remaining 13 semester hours of electives are fulfilled by BA in Music Education requirements.

Core education courses

18 semester hours total, including:

  • Educational Psychology and Measurement (PSQF:1075)*, 3 semester hours
  • Foundations of Education (EPLS:3000)*, 3 semester hours
  • Foundations of Special Education (EDTL:4900)*, 3 semester hours
  • Teaching and Learning Technologies (EDTL:3002), 2 semester hours
  • Secondary Education Orientation and Classroom Management (EDTL:3091), 3 semester hours
  • Teaching Reading in Secondary Content Areas (EDTL:3095), 1 semester hour
  • Human Relations for the Classroom Teacher (EPLS:4180), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Also meets General Education Requirement for Values and Culture.

*Can complete before TEP

Elementary school general music methods

5 semester hours total, including:

  • Introduction and Practicum: Music (EDTL:3610), 2 semester hours
    • Note: Recommended to take within the first 1-3 semester of TEP. Students need to block a minimum of 2 hours between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. for pre-student teaching field experiences.
  • Methods and Materials: General Music (EDT:3620), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Offered in spring semester only
Secondary school music education methods

13 to 20 semester hours

  • Instrumental Methods (EDTL:3650), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Offered in fall semester only
  • Choral Methods (EDTL:3640), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Offered in fall semester only
Keyboard majors are expected to include major ensemble experiences that align with their area of emphasis.
Band emphasis

20 semester hours

  • Instrumental Conducting (EDTL:3635)*, 3 semester hours
    • Note: Offered in spring semester only
  • Marching Band (MUS:3165), 1 semester hour
  • Marching Band Techniques (MUS:3666), 1 semester hour
  • Jazz Rhythms and Interpretations (MUS:1711), 1 semester hour
  • Jazz Band Techniques (MUS:3760), 1 semester hour
  • Instrumental Techniques (EDTL:3605), 6 semester hours
    • Percussion/Flute (EDTL:3605:0001), fall semester only
    • Brass (EDTL:3605:0002), spring semester only
    • Woodwinds (EDTL:3605:0003), spring semester only
  • Class Strings (MUS:3659:0001)*, 1 semester hour

*Can be taken prior to TEP

Strings emphasis

20 semester hours

  • Instrumental Conducting (EDTL:3635)*, 3 semester hours
    • Note: Offered in spring semester only
  • Introduction to Wind/Percussion Instruments (MUS:3664), 2 semester hours
  • Class Strings (MUS:3659:0002), 3 semester hours
    • Note: This course is repeatable. String majors are expected to study three semesters of this course on three stringed instruments other than their primary instrument.

*Can be taken prior to TEP

Choral emphasis

14 semester hours

  • Choral Conducting and Literature (EDTL:3645), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Offered in spring semester only
  • Secondary Performance: Voice (MUS:1120), 2 semester hours
    • Note: 2 semesters required
  • Diction for Singers I, Italian/German (MUS:1510), 2 semester hours
  • Diction for Singers II, English/French (MUS:2510), 2 semester hours
  • Introduction to Wind/Percussion Instruments (MUS:3664)*, 2 semester hours
  • Class Strings (MUS:3659:0001), 1 semester hour

*Can be taken prior to TEP

Student teaching

15 semester hours

  • Observation and Lab Practice in Secondary School (EDTL:4091:0061), 6 semester hours
  • Special Area Student Teaching, Elementary (EDTL:4192:0020), 6 semester hours
  • Seminar: Curriculum and Student Teaching (EDTL:4087:0061), 3 semester hours

General education

Includes 35 semester hours in addition to whatever credits are needed to satisfy the World Languages requirement:

  • Communication and literacy:
    • Rhetoric, 4 semester hours
    • Interpretation of Literature, 3 semester hours
    • World Languages, 0-16 semester hours
  • Natural, quantitative, and social sciences
    • *Quantitative or Formal Reasoning, 3 semester hours
    • Natural Sciences, 2 courses including 1 lab for 7 semester hours
  • Culture, society, and the arts
    • Historical Perspectives, 3 semester hours
      • Note: Satisfied by History of Music I
    • Social Sciences, 3 semester hours
    • International and Global Issues, 3 semester hours
    • Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts, 3 semester hours
      • Note: Satisfied by History of Music II
    • Diversity and Inclusion, 3 semester hours
      • Note: Satisfied by Foundations of Special Education
    • Values and Culture, 3 semester hours
      • Note: Satisfied by Human Relations for the Classroom Teacher

*Select from the following:

  • MATH:---
    • Not including MATH:0100, MATH:0300, MATH:1000, and MATH:1005
  • STAT:1010, STAT:1020, STAT:1030
  • PSQF:1020
  • CS:1110, CS:1210
Musicianship

Includes 28 to 32 semester hours

  • Musicianship & Theory I (MUS:1201)*, 4 semester hours
  • Musicianship & Theory II (MUS:1202), 4 semester hours
  • Musicianship & Theory III (MUS:2203), 4 semester hours
  • Musicianship & Theory IV (MUS:2204), 4 semester hours
  • Group Instruction Piano I (MUS:1211), 1 semester hour**
  • Group Instruction Piano II (MUS:1212), 1 semester hour**
  • History of Western Music I (MUS:2301), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Also meets General Education Requirement for Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts and Historical Perspectives.
  • History of Western Music II (MUS:2302), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Also meets General Education Requirement for Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts and Historical Perspectives.
  • Recital Attendance (MUS:1210), 6 semester hours
  • Techniques of Conducting (MUS:3625), 2 semester hours

*Entering students who do not have Advanced Placement (AP) or transfer credit should enroll in MUS:1201 and take Placement Exam A, administered online in the summer before the start of the fall semester, to determine readiness for the sequence. Learn more about this process.

**Students will take a piano placement exam and may place out of one or both group piano classes based on their proficiency.

Cultural diversity music requirement

3 semester hours required; select one of the following:

  • Jazz Cultures in America and Abroad (MUS:1009), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Also meets General Education Requirement for Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts and Values and Culture.
  • World Music (MUS:1310), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Also meets General Education Requirement for Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts.
  • Music of Latin America and the Caribbean (MUS:2311), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Also meets General Education Requirement for Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts and Values and Culture.
  • Advanced Jazz History (MUS:4350), 3 semester hours
Applied music performance

Includes 25 semester hours

  • Lower level applied lessons* (MUS:----), 8 semester hours
  • Upper level applied lessons (MUS:----), 8 semester hours
  • Major Ensemble (MUS:----)**, 8 semester hours
    • MUS:3160 for wind and percussion majors
    • MUS:3170, MUS:3172, MUS:3174, or MUS:3176 for vocal majors
    • MUS:3180 for strings majors
  • Senior Recital (MUS:4900)
    • Note: Cannot be scheduled during student teaching.

*A maximum of 6 semesters (12 semester hours) in lower-level applied instruction is allowed.

**With advisor consent, keyboard majors may substitute piano accompaniment for major ensemble participation for a maximum of two semesters during their junior and/or senior years.

Theory-based courses

Select 3 semester hours from these:

  • Form and Analysis (MUS:2206), 3 semester hours
  • Introduction to Jazz Improvisation (MUS:3001), 3 semester hours
  • Instrumentation (MUS:3220), 2 semester hours
  • Arranging for Band (MUS:3665), 2 to 3 semester hours
  • Intermediate Jazz Improvisation (MUS:3710), 2 semester hours
  • Jazz Theory (MUS:3750), 2 semester hours
  • Counterpoint Before 1600 (MUS:4200), 3 semester hours
  • Counterpoint After 1600 (MUS:4201), 3 semester hours
  • Keyboard Harmony (MUS:4210), 1 to 2 semester hours
  • Upper Level Jazz (MUS:3038), 2 semester hours
  • Transcription (MUS:4750), 2 semester hours
Additional string area requirements

8 semester hours

  • Chamber Orchestra (MUS:3182), 4 semester hours
    • Note: 4 semesters
  • Choose one of the following:
    • String Chamber Residency Program (MUS:3489)
    • String Chamber Music (MUS:3482), 3 semester hours
Music electives

Remaining 11 semester hours of electives are fulfilled by BA in Music Education requirements.

Core education courses

18 semester hours total, including:

  • Educational Psychology and Measurement (PSQF:1075)*, 3 semester hours
  • Foundations of Education (EPLS:3000)*, 3 semester hours
  • Foundations of Special Education (EDTL:4900)*, 3 semester hours
  • Teaching and Learning Technologies (EDTL:3002), 2 semester hours
  • Secondary Education Orientation and Classroom Management (EDTL:3091), 3 semester hours
  • Teaching Reading in Secondary Content Areas (EDTL:3095), 1 semester hour
  • Human Relations for the Classroom Teacher (EPLS:4180), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Also meets General Education Requirement for Values and Culture.

*Can complete before TEP

Elementary school general music methods

5 semester hours total, including:

  • Introduction and Practicum: Music (EDTL:3610), 2 semester hours
    • Note: Recommended to take within the first 1-3 semester of TEP. Students need to block a minimum of 2 hours between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. for pre-student teaching field experiences.
  • Methods and Materials: General Music (EDT:3620), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Offered in spring semester only
Secondary school music education methods

20 semester hours

  • Instrumental Methods (EDTL:3650)*, 3 semester hours
    • Note: Offered in fall semester only
  • Choral Methods (EDTL:3640)*, 3 semester hours
    • Note: Offered in fall semester only
  • Instrumental Conducting (EDTL:3635)*, 3 semester hours
    • Note: Offered in spring semester only
  • Instrumental Techniques (EDTL:3605)*, 6 semester hours
    • Percussion/Flute (EDTL:3605:0001), fall semester only
    • Brass (EDTL:3605:0002), spring semester only
    • Woodwinds (EDTL:3605:0003), spring semester only
  • Class Strings (MUS:3659:0002-6)*, 3 semester hours
    • Note: Repeatable course; string majors are expected to study three semesters of class strings on three stringed instruments other than their primary instrument.

*Can be taken prior to TEP

Student teaching

15 semester hours

  • Observation and Lab Practice in Secondary School (EDTL:4091:0061), 6 semester hours
  • Special Area Student Teaching, Elementary (EDTL:4192:0020), 6 semester hours
  • Seminar: Curriculum and Student Teaching (EDTL:4087:0061), 3 semester hours

General education

Includes 35 semester hours in addition to whatever credits are needed to satisfy the World Languages requirement:

  • Communication and literacy:
    • Rhetoric, 4 semester hours
    • Interpretation of Literature, 3 semester hours
    • World Languages, 0-16 semester hours
  • Natural, quantitative, and social sciences
    • *Quantitative or Formal Reasoning, 3 semester hours
    • Natural Sciences, 2 courses including 1 lab for 7 semester hours
  • Culture, society, and the arts
    • Historical Perspectives, 3 semester hours
      • Note: Satisfied by History of Music I
    • Social Sciences, 3 semester hours
    • International and Global Issues, 3 semester hours
    • Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts, 3 semester hours
      • Note: Satisfied by History of Music II
    • Diversity and Inclusion, 3 semester hours
      • Note: Satisfied by Foundations of Special Education
    • Values and Culture, 3 semester hours
      • Note: Satisfied by Human Relations for the Classroom Teacher

*Select from the following:

  • MATH:---
    • Not including MATH:0100, MATH:0300, MATH:1000, and MATH:1005
  • STAT:1010, STAT:1020, STAT:1030
  • PSQF:1020
  • CS:1110, CS:1210
Musicianship

Includes 28 to 32 semester hours

  • Musicianship & Theory I (MUS:1201)*, 4 semester hours
  • Musicianship & Theory II (MUS:1202), 4 semester hours
  • Musicianship & Theory III (MUS:2203), 4 semester hours
  • Musicianship & Theory IV (MUS:2204), 4 semester hours
  • Group Instruction Piano I (MUS:1211), 1 semester hour**
  • Group Instruction Piano II (MUS:1212), 1 semester hour**
  • History of Western Music I (MUS:2301), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Also meets General Education Requirement for Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts and Historical Perspectives.
  • History of Western Music II (MUS:2302), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Also meets General Education Requirement for Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts and Historical Perspectives.
  • Recital Attendance (MUS:1210), 6 semester hours
  • Techniques of Conducting (MUS:3625), 2 semester hours

*Entering students who do not have Advanced Placement (AP) or transfer credit should enroll in MUS:1201 and take Placement Exam A, administered online in the summer before the start of the fall semester, to determine readiness for the sequence. Learn more about this process.

**Students will take a piano placement exam and may place out of one or both group piano classes based on their proficiency.

Cultural diversity music requirement

3 semester hours required; select one of the following:

  • Jazz Cultures in America and Abroad (MUS:1009), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Also meets General Education Requirement for Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts and Values and Culture.
  • World Music (MUS:1310), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Also meets General Education Requirement for Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts.
  • Music of Latin America and the Caribbean (MUS:2311), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Also meets General Education Requirement for Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts and Values and Culture.
  • Advanced Jazz History (MUS:4350), 3 semester hours
Applied music performance

Includes 25 semester hours

  • Lower level applied lessons* (MUS:----), 8 semester hours
  • Upper level applied lessons (MUS:----), 8 semester hours
  • Major Ensemble (MUS:----)**, 8 semester hours
    • MUS:3160 for wind and percussion majors
    • MUS:3170, MUS:3172, MUS:3174, or MUS:3176 for vocal majors
    • MUS:3180 for strings majors
  • Senior Recital (MUS:4900)
    • Note: Cannot be scheduled during student teaching.

*A maximum of 6 semesters (12 semester hours) in lower-level applied instruction is allowed.

**With advisor consent, keyboard majors may substitute piano accompaniment for major ensemble participation for a maximum of two semesters during their junior and/or senior years.

Theory-based courses

Select 3 semester hours from these:

  • Form and Analysis (MUS:2206), 3 semester hours
  • Introduction to Jazz Improvisation (MUS:3001), 3 semester hours
  • Instrumentation (MUS:3220), 2 semester hours
  • Arranging for Band (MUS:3665), 2 to 3 semester hours
  • Intermediate Jazz Improvisation (MUS:3710), 2 semester hours
  • Jazz Theory (MUS:3750), 2 semester hours
  • Counterpoint Before 1600 (MUS:4200), 3 semester hours
  • Counterpoint After 1600 (MUS:4201), 3 semester hours
  • Keyboard Harmony (MUS:4210), 1 to 2 semester hours
  • Upper Level Jazz (MUS:3038), 2 semester hours
  • Transcription (MUS:4750), 2 semester hours
Additional voice area requirements

8 semester hours

  • Diction for Singers I–Italian/German (MUS:1510), 2 semester hours
  • Diction for Singers II–English/French (MUS:2510), 2 semester hours
  • Discovering Art Song (MUS:3510), 1 semester hour
  • Discovering Opera (MUS:3511), 1 semester hour
  • Opera Workshop (MUS:3500), 2 semester hours
Music electives

Remaining 10 semester hours of electives are fulfilled by BA in Music Education requirements.

Core education courses

18 semester hours total, including:

  • Educational Psychology and Measurement (PSQF:1075)*, 3 semester hours
  • Foundations of Education (EPLS:3000)*, 3 semester hours
  • Foundations of Special Education (EDTL:4900)*, 3 semester hours
  • Teaching and Learning Technologies (EDTL:3002), 2 semester hours
  • Secondary Education Orientation and Classroom Management (EDTL:3091), 3 semester hours
  • Teaching Reading in Secondary Content Areas (EDTL:3095), 1 semester hour
  • Human Relations for the Classroom Teacher (EPLS:4180), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Also meets General Education Requirement for Values and Culture.

*Can complete before TEP

Elementary school general music methods

5 semester hours total, including:

  • Introduction and Practicum: Music (EDTL:3610), 2 semester hours
    • Note: Recommended to take within the first 1-3 semester of TEP. Students need to block a minimum of 2 hours between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. for pre-student teaching field experiences.
  • Methods and Materials: General Music (EDT:3620), 3 semester hours
    • Note: Offered in spring semester only
Secondary school music education methods

14 semester hours

  • Instrumental Methods (EDTL:3650)*, 3 semester hours
    • Note: Offered in fall semester only
  • Choral Methods (EDTL:3640)*, 3 semester hours
    • Note: Offered in fall semester only
  • Choral Conducting/Literature (EDTL:3645)*, 3 semester hours
    • Note: Offered in spring semester only
  • Introduction to Wind/Percussion Instruments (MUS:3664)*, 2 semester hours
  • Class Strings (MUS:3659:0001)*

*Can be taken prior to TEP

Student teaching

15 semester hours

  • Observation and Lab Practice in Secondary School (EDTL:4091:0061), 6 semester hours
  • Special Area Student Teaching, Elementary (EDTL:4192:0020), 6 semester hours
  • Seminar: Curriculum and Student Teaching (EDTL:4087:0061), 3 semester hours

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Mary Cohen

Title/Position
Music Education
Associate Professor
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Adam Harry

Title/Position
Instrumental Music Education
Assistant Professor
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Jeremy Manternach

Title/Position
Choral Music Education
Associate Professor
Music Education Area Head

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