Music Education Major

This program is designed for students who wish to teach music at the elementary and secondary level. Upon successful completion of the requirements for this degree, certification to teach instrumental and vocal music in grades one through twelve is recommended by the chair of the department of music to the director of teacher education. It should be recognized that candidates for this degree may find it necessary to attend at least one summer session.

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.

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 the 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.

Required Courses:

MUSC 105: Recital Attendance (8 semesters, or every semester registered 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 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 321: History of Music I
MUSC 322: History of Music II
MUSC 300: Half Recital

Choose one course from the following:

MUSC 116: History of American Popular Music
MUSC 221: African-American Music
MUSC 224: Jazz History


  • Primary Ensemble (5 hours)
  • Secondary (vocal in instrumental ensemble; instrumental in vocal) 3 hours


  • Major Instrument (voice or instrument) 8 hours
  • Applied Piano (until piano proficiency examination is passed)

Music Education

MUSC 106: Percussion and String Methods
MUSC 154: Woodwind and Brass Methods
MUSC 356: Conducting
MUSC 360: Advanced Conducting and Literature
MUSC 370: Elementary Music Methods
MUSC 375: Secondary Music Methods
MUSC 317: Vocal Diction and Pedagogy
MUSC 385: Instrumentation
MUSC 386: Choral Arranging
MUAP 242: Applied Voice (Instrumental primary students only)


EDUC 200: Technology in the Classroom
EDUC 201: Teacher Aide
EDUC 205: Diversity and Social Justice in Education
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 308: Secondary Content Area Literacy
EDUC 331: Content Area Literacy
EDUC 340: Education of the Exceptional Child
EDUC 361: Collaborative Classroom Environment
EDUC 385: Secondary School Curriculum
EDUC 478: Student Teaching on the Secondary School Level
ENGL 207: Expository Writing

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 Drury Singers, Drury Chorale, Wind Symphony or Orchestra.
  4. Register for MUSC 105 each semester and attend a minimum of 10 concerts or recitals during the semester including all faculty recitals, senior recitals, and all “Guest Artist Series” concerts.
  5. Pass the piano proficiency examination.
  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.

Additional information and requirements are available in the music major handbook available in the music office or online.