May 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Bulletin 
2023-2024 Academic Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music Education, Teacher Certification BMus

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The Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree is designed for students seeking careers as certified K–12 teachers in pre-collegiate denominational or public schools. Students normally spend five years in residence to complete the requirements. Requires state teacher certification. First-year students must make application and consult with the certification clerk in the School of Education (College of Education & International Services) to keep abreast of certification requirements. Students can choose from the following focus areas: wind instruments, string instruments, keyboard, voice, or composition.

Total Credits - 120

Major - 83

Ensemble - 8

  • 8 credits of ensemble (must be in a large instrumental or choral ensemble: University Singers, Chorale, Wind Symphony or Symphony Orchestra).
  • Keyboard focus (piano or organ): must take 1 credit of MUPF 405  Keyboard Accompaniment and 1 credit of MUPF 410  Collaborative Piano as part of 8 credits of ensemble. Remaining 6 credits must be taken in one of the large ensembles.

Major applied area - 8

Minor performance area - 3

Additional Requirements

  • A minimum of 4 credits in applied music must be taken as upper-division credits.
  • Attendance at major area master classes
  • Piano Proficiency

Cognates - 4

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will:

  • Exhibit effective technical and artistic skills in music performance of repertoire from a broad range of stylistic periods.
  • Learn and apply pedagogical methods, techniques and tools related to their area of expertise as appropriate to their degree track.
  • Demonstrate basic proficiency in the theoretical foundations of Western music through aural skills, analysis, composition, and improvisation.
  • Demonstrate understanding of music history—including the development of musical styles and the contextual forces that shaped their development, primarily in the context of Western music, but also to a basic extent in American and world music.
  • Demonstrate basic competencies in music technology (including digital notation and sequencing) and music research.
  • Hone critical thinking skills by consciously making informed interpretation choices, connecting theoretical and historical understanding to musical performance, and developing a personal and discerning philosophy of music.
  • Apprentice in a spirit of artistic community.
  • Integrate faith and learning by hymnology/worship and music.
  • Apprentice in a spirit of service.

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