Music Education Major with Vocal Emphasis

This program is designed for students who wish to teach music at the elementary or secondary level. Upon successful completion of the requirements for this degree, certification to teach instrumental or vocal music in grades one through twelve is recommended by the chair of the department of music to the director of teacher education. Coursework for the BME Vocal degree can be completed in eight semesters of coursework plus one summer of language study, with student teaching in the ninth semester. For a curriculum checklist, please see the Music Major Handbook or check in the music office.

Bachelor of Music Education students should pass all coursework required for the major with a C or better.  Students who fail to pass courses required for the major with a C or better after two attempts will no longer be allowed to continue in the major. 

Required Courses:
EDUC 200: Technology in the Classroom
EDUC 201: Teacher Aide
EDUC 203: The American Classroom
EDUC 207: Psychology of Human Growth and Development
EDUC 212 Professional Preparation for the Field of Teacher Education
EDUC 302: Educational Psychology and Assessment
EDUC 303: Secondary Education Field Experience I
EDUC 304: Teaching in Diverse Classrooms
EDUC 331: Methods of Teaching Reading in the Content Field
EDUC 340: Education of the Exceptional Child
EDUC 360: Classroom Management
EDUC 385: Secondary School Curriculum
EDUC 478: Student Teaching on the Secondary School Level
MUSC 105: Recital Attendance (8 semesters, or every semesterregistered as a music major)
MUSC 117: Music Theory I
MUSC 118: Music Theory II
MUSC 121: Ear Training and Sight Singing I
MUSC 122: Ear Training and Sight Singing II
MUSC 166: Piano Class I
MUSC 167: Piano Class II
MUSC 168: Piano Class III
MUSC 169: Piano Class IV
MUSC 211: Sophomore Review
MUSC 217: Music Theory III
MUSC 218 Music Theory IV
MUSC 219: Ear Training and Sight Singing III
MUSC 220: Ear Training and Sight Singing IV
MUSC 316: Vocal Diction and Pedagogy
MUSC 321: History of Music I
MUSC 322: History of Music II
MUSC 334 Song Literature and Pedagogy
MUSC 335 Choral Literature and Pedagogy
MUSC 356: Conducting
MUSC 357 Choral Conducting
MUSC 374: Elementary and Secondary Music Methods
MUSC 386: Choral Arranging

Choose one course from the following:
MUSC 300: Half Recital
MUSC 400: Full Recital

Choose one course from the following:
MUSC 221: African-American Music
MUSC 224 Jazz History

Choose two course from the following:
MUSC 108: Percussion Class
MUSC 109: String Class
MUSC 111: Brass Class
MUSC 113: Woodwind Class

Applied Voice (to Level 5)
MUSC 405: Applied Level Proficiency
Choral Ensemble (8 hours)
Instrumental Ensemble (2 hours)

Each student majoring in music is expected to:

  1. Complete the prescribed course of study for the particular degree.
  2. Complete at least eight semesters of an ensemble in a principal instrument.
  3. Complete at least eight semesters (or every semester registered as a music major, excluding semesters enrolled in internship or student teaching) of concert choir, concert band or college orchestra.
  4. Attend a minimum of 10 concerts or recitals during each of the 15-week semesters including all faculty recitals and all “Guest Artist Series” concerts.
  5. Pass the piano proficiency examination, or successfully complete MUSC 166, MUSC 167, MUSC 168, and MUSC 169.
  6. Achieve the required applied music level for the major.  Information concerning applied music  levels can be obtained in the music major handbook.
  7. Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.5.  If a student’s GPA falls below 2.5, the student will have one semester to re-achieve the 2.5.  Failure to do so can result in removal from the major.

All students interested in majoring in music must perform and pass an audition before the music faculty.  Students who fail to pass this audition after two attempts will not be allowed to continue as a music major.  The audition must be completed before the end of their first semester as a music major.

After four semesters of study in music, all music majors must pass a sophomore review which includes performing their applied major jury before the music faculty.  If the student fails this review, they will no longer be allowed to continue as a music major.  Details of the sophomore review can be found in the music major handbook available in the music office or online.