Music Education (K12 Vocal) - Bachelor of Music Education

The Bachelor of Music Education (BME) is a diversified four- to five-year degree program of teaching, performance, and specialized studies in music. The goal of this degree is to prepare the student for certification to teach music in the public schools, and serves as a foundation for advanced study toward master’s and doctoral degrees: M.M., M.M.E., D.M.A. or Ph.D in music education.

Requirements: Basic Music and Performance

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 135.5 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications10
English Composition - Level 1 1
English Composition - Level 2 1
Oral Communication 1
Area II: Mathematics 1, 23-4
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences10-11
Physics of Music4
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences Course (3 credits) 1
Either an Area III/IV: Laboratory Science Course or Social/Behavioral Sciences Course (4 or 3 credits) 1
Area V: Humanities 13
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 13
General Education Elective 13-4
Viewing A Wider World 36
Departmental/College Requirements
Music Theory and Ear Training
MUSC 1450Ear Training I1
MUSC 1451Ear Training II1
MUSC 2451Ear Training III1
MUSC 2452Ear Training IV1
MUSC 1460Music Theory I3
MUSC 1461Music Theory II3
MUSC 2460Music Theory III3
MUSC 2461Music Theory IV3
MUSC 413Form and Analysis3
History and Literature
MUSC 2151An Introduction to World Music, Jazz and Music Research3
MUSC 2240Music History and Literature: Antiquity through Baroque3
MUSC 302Music History and Literature: Classic through Romantic3
MUSC 303Music History and Literature: 20th Century Through the Present3
Techniques
MUSC 2210Diction I2
MUSC 2220Diction II2
MUSC 2310Sound and Music Technology1
MUSC 321Instrumental Techniques for Vocal Music Education Majors2
MUSC 322Guitar Methods1
MUSC 325Beginning Conducting1
MUSC 327Choral Conducting3
MUSC 386Applied Music Pedagogy and Literature I2
MUSC 392Survey of Choral Literature2
MUSC 415Orchestration3
Performance
MUSC 1310Recital Attendance (take seven semesters for a total of 3.5 credits)3.5
Applied Music9
Applied Music I (Vocal)1-4
Applied Music II (Vocal)1-4
Applied Music III (Vocal) 41-4
MUSC 440Senior Recital1-2
Vocal Ensemble7
Non-Departmental Requirements (in addition to Gen.Ed/VWW)
Professional Education Courses
CEPY 2110Learning in the Classroom3
EDUC 471Secondary Student Teaching9
EDUC 482Middle and High School Student Teaching Seminar3
MUSC 1410Introduction to Music Education2
MUSC 346Elementary Music Methods2
MUSC 349Secondary Music Methods2
RDG 414Content Area Literacy3
SPED 350Introduction to Special Education in a Diverse Society3
Second Language Requirement: (not required)
Electives, to bring the total credits to 135.5
Total Credits135.5-139.5

Second Language Requirement

For the Bachelor of Music Education in Music Education with a Concentration in K-12: Vocal, there is no second language requirement for the degree.

Piano Proficiency

  • Students must pass Piano Proficiency before presenting a Senior Recital.
  • Students must enroll for Functional Piano until Proficiency is passed.

Music Education Requirement

  • Students must pass the TEP Exam before taking MUSC 346 Elementary Music Methods or MUSC 349 Secondary Music Methods.
  • Students must present Senior Recital before student teaching.

A Suggested Plan of Study for Students

This roadmap assumes student  placement in MATH 1130G Survey of Mathematics and ENGL 1110G Composition I. The contents and order of this roadmap may vary depending on initial student placement in mathematics and English. It is only a suggested plan of study for students and is not intended as a contract. Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change.

Functional Piano is not a required course. Though not listed under the recommended coursework each term, it is recommended that students continue to take it at the appropriate level until ready to pass the required Piano Proficiency

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester 1Credits
ENGL 1110G Composition I 1 4
MATH 1130G Survey of Mathematics 1 3
MUSC 1310 Recital Attendance 0.5
MUSC 1450 Ear Training I 1
MUSC 1460 Music Theory I (Fall Only) 3
MUSC 2210 Diction I (Fall Only) 2
MUSC 2510 Applied Music I 1
100-Level Choral Ensemble Course 1
 Credits15.5
Semester 2
ENGL 2210G
Professional & Technical Communication 1
or Writing in the Humanities and Social Science
3
MUSC 1310 Recital Attendance 0.5
MUSC 1451 Ear Training II (Spring Only) 1 1
MUSC 1461 Music Theory II (Spring Only) 1 3
MUSC 2510 Applied Music I 1
MUSC 1410 Introduction to Music Education (Spring Only) 2
MUSC 2220 Diction II (Spring Only) 1 2
Area III: Laboratory Science Course OR Area IV: Social and Behavioral Science Course 2 3-4
100-Level Choral Ensemble 1
 Credits16.5-17.5
Second Year
Semester 1
COMM 1115G Introduction to Communication 3
MUSC 1310 Recital Attendance 0.5
MUSC 2151 An Introduction to World Music, Jazz and Music Research 3
MUSC 2451 Ear Training III 1
MUSC 2460 Music Theory III 3
MUSC 2510 Applied Music I 1
MUSC 2310 Sound and Music Technology 1
MUSC 321 Instrumental Techniques for Vocal Music Education Majors (Fall Only) 2
CEPY 2110 Learning in the Classroom 3
100-Level Choral Ensemble Course 1
 Credits18.5
Semester 2
PHYS 1125G Physics of Music 4
Area IV: Social and Behavioral Science Course 2 3
MUSC 1310 Recital Attendance (Spring Only) 0.5
MUSC 2452 Ear Training IV (Spring Only) 1 1
MUSC 2461 Music Theory IV (Spring Only) 1 3
MUSC 2240 Music History and Literature: Antiquity through Baroque (Spring Only) 3
MUSC 2510 Applied Music I 1
MUSC 386 Applied Music Pedagogy and Literature I 2
100-Level Choral Ensemble Course 1
 Credits18.5
Third Year
Semester 1
Area V: Humanities Course 2 3
MUSC 1310 Recital Attendance 0.5
MUSC 302 Music History and Literature: Classic through Romantic 3
MUSC 325 Beginning Conducting 1
MUSC 330 Applied Music II 1
300-Level Choral Ensemble Course 1
MUSC 346 Elementary Music Methods 2
MUSC 413 Form and Analysis 1 3
SPED 350 Introduction to Special Education in a Diverse Society 3
 Credits17.5
Semester 2
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts Course 2 3
MUSC 1310 Recital Attendance 0.5
MUSC 303 Music History and Literature: 20th Century Through the Present (Spring Only) 1 3
MUSC 327 Choral Conducting (Spring Only) 1 3
MUSC 430 Applied Music III 2
300-Level Choral Ensemble Course 1
MUSC 349 Secondary Music Methods (Spring Only) 2
MUSC 415 Orchestration (Spring Only) 3
MUSC 322 Guitar Methods 1
 Credits18.5
Fourth Year
Semester 1
General Education Elective Course 2 3
VWW: Viewing a Wider World Course 3 3
MUSC 1310 Recital Attendance 0.5
MUSC 392 Survey of Choral Literature (Fall Only) 1 2
MUSC 430 Applied Music III 1 2
300-Level Choral Ensemble Course 1
MUSC 440 Senior Recital 1
RDG 414 Content Area Literacy 3
 Credits15.5
Semester 2
VWW: Viewing a Wider World Course 3 3
EDUC 471 Secondary Student Teaching 9
EDUC 482 Middle and High School Student Teaching Seminar 1 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits135.5-136.5