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Music Education

The curriculum for majors in music education, leading to the Bachelor of Science in Education degree, combines a broad requirement in general education with advanced study in music theory, history and literature of music, applied music, specialized courses in music education and participation in performing organizations. The program prepares prospective public/private school teachers who specialize in music education with K-12 certification in instrumental, vocal, and general music. The emphasis of the program is twofold: the achievement of significant musical understanding and ability; and the development of teaching skills and techniques necessary for the effective communication of music understanding and abilities to others.

A high percentage of graduates find employment in their chosen fields. Increasing percentages attend graduate schools. Education graduates have secured teaching positions in districts, private and parochial schools, and church positions accross the United States. The Bachelor of Science in Education degree (B.S.Ed.) in music education is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Prospective music majors are accepted in the department on the basis of an audition before a faculty committee from the Department of Music. Audition dates are scheduled throughout the academic year. Contact the Department of Music for additional information.



Program Requirements

The general education distribution for all students in the college is presented here. Teacher education selection and retention standards are listed here.



ED 110: Introduction to Education, 3 s.h.
ED 122: Educational Psychology, 3
ED 327: Instructional Strategies & Management, 3
ED 432: Student Teaching in Music, 6
ED 433: Student Teaching in Music, 6
MUS 289: Music Education Seminar, 0
MUS 333: Elementary Music Methods, 2
MUS 362: Instrumental Methods, 2
MUS 363: Vocal Methods, 2
SPED 418: Exceptionalities in the Regular Classroom, 3
SPED 441: Teaching Students with Disabilities in the Secondary Classroom, 3
SPED 442: Differentiating Instruction in Inclusive Settings, 3


Thirty hours of early field experience are required during the first four semesters of study. Ten hours are required in each of the following three areas:

1) elementary/general music,
2) secondary choral music, and
3) secondary instrumental music.

The required 10 hours within each area must be completed under the supervision of at least two different music teachers. Contact the Department of Music office for complete early field experience requirements.



MUS 126: Music Theory I, 2 s.h.
MUS 127: Music Theory II, 2
MUS 128: Aural Skills I, 1
MUS 129: Aural Skills II, 1
MUS 226: Music Theory III, 2
MUS 228: Aural Skills III, 1
MUS 229: Aural Skills IV, 1
MUS 345: Music From 1750 to 1900, 3
MUS 346: Music From Antiquity to 1750, 2
MUS 347: 20th-Century Music, 3
MUS 360: Basic Conducting, 1
MUS 365: Instrumental Conducting, 2
MUS 366: Choral Conducting, 2
MUS 370: Orchestration/Arranging, 2


MUS 160: Piano Class I, 1 s.h.
MUS 161: Piano Class II, 1
MUS 220: Piano Class III, 1
MUSA 125: Applied Music: Piano, 1


Piano competency is required of all music education majors in order to qualify for student teaching and graduation. A student may take the Piano Competency Exam at any time, but no later than the end of the sophomore year.



MUS 182: Voice Class, 1 s.h.
MUS 243: Brass Class, 1
MUS 244: String Class, 1
MUS 245: Percussion, Class 1
MUS 247: Woodwinds, Class 1


All matriculated music majors must elect applied music credits on their major instrument/voice each semester in residence.


All music majors are required to participate in at least one performing organization each semester they are in residence (0 or 1 credit). Two performing organizations (0 or 1 credit) must be elected from large ensembles: MUSA 130/330,135/335, 136/336, 137/337, or 138/338. An additional two performing organizations (0 or 1 credit) must be elected from small ensembles: MUSA 131/331, 139/339, 142/342, 143/343, 144/344, 145/345, 301 or 302. All music education majors must elect and pass one course (0 or 1 credit) in each of the following areas, to be selected from the courses indicated, during their first four semesters in residence and prior to enrollment in music methods courses (MUS 333, 362, and 363):

1) choral ensemble = MUSA 130/330 or MUSA 131/331;
2) instrumental ensemble = MUSA 135/335, MUSA 136/336, 137/337, 138/338, or 301; and
3) marching band = MUSA 136/336.


Students pursuing degree programs are required to elect MUS 110 and to attend the biweekly student recital series each semester in residence as part of their curricular and performance requirements.


Students in the music education degree program are required to present a Senior Recital in their major applied area in accordance with generally accepted musical, technical, and repertoire standards. The Junior Recital is optional. Students performing a Junior or Senior Recital must perform a recital audition the semester prior to the semester in which the recital is to be performed. Students who successfully complete the audition process must elect MUS 110 and either MUS 310 for a Junior Recital or MUS 410 for a Senior Recital. Must be enrolled in applied lessons the semester the recital is performed.


*May be counted under General Education