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Music Education

The Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education prepares students for positions as teachers and/or supervisors of choral, instrumental and general music in public or private schools. Upon successful completion of all degree requirements, music education graduates are eligible for licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with reciprocity in 48 states through the NASDTEC Interstate Contract.

In the music education curriculum students pursue licensure for K–12 teaching in instrumental/choral/general music. Because licensure requirements are subject to change by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and are beyond the control of the College, the College reserves the right to alter program requirements as necessary.

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REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BACHELOR OF MUSIC IN MUSIC EDUCATION

Students pursuing these degrees are required to earn a total of 139 credits.

Core Adjustments for Bachelor of Music in Music Education

Music Education students receive the following core reductions:

  • HIS 121 Historical Perspectives
  • Aesthetic Sensibilities and Practices Theme
  • Global Understanding Theme

Music Education majors must fulfill two of the following core options:

  • Language I
  • Language II
  • Natural World Theme
  • Civic Responsibility Theme

 

Music Education

Students majoring in music education must complete the following music courses:

  • MUS 117 - Introduction to Music Education ( Credits: 2)
  • MUS 118 - Music Education Prepracticum  (Credits: 0)
  • MUS 211 - Music Theory I (Credits: 3)
  • MUS 212 - Music Theory II (Credits: 3)
  • MUL 211 - Music Theory Labs I (Credits: 1)
  • MUL 212 - Music Theory Labs II (Credits: 1)
  • MUS 226 - Music History and Literature I (Credits: 4)
  • MUS 245 - World Music (Credits: 2)
  • MUS 311 - Music Theory III (Credits: 3)
  • MUL 311 - Music Theory Labs III (Credits: 1)
  • MUS 315 - 20th-Century Techniques (Credits: 4)
  • MUS 318 - Conducting (Credits: 4)
  • MUS 319 - Advanced Conducting (Credits: 2)
  • MUS 326 - Music History and Literature II (Credits: 4)
  • MUS 327 - Choral Methods and Literature (Credits: 4)
  • MUS 328 - Instrumental Methods and Literature (Credits: 4)
  • MUS 335 - Music Education I (K–5) (Credits: 4)
  • MUS 336 - Music Education II (6–12) (Credits: 4)
  • MUS 346 - Instrumentation and Arranging (Credits: 2)
  • MUS 407 - Music Education Seminar (Credits: 2)
  • MUS 415 - Practicum (Credits: 12)
  • PSY 244 - Developmental Psychology (Credits: 4)
  • Applied music (28 credits on one instrument, including piano proficiency as applicable)
  • Instrument classes, as noted below
  • Meet music major ensemble requirement (seven semesters - see below)
  • Passing of piano and voice proficiency examinations
  • Successful completion of a senior recital

 

Instrument Classes

7 credits of instrument classes:

Instrument Majors

  • MUS 093 - Woodwind Class (Credits: 1)
  • MUS 094 - Brass Class (Credits: 1)
  • MUS 095 - String Class (Credits: 1)
  • MUS 096 - Percussion Class (Credits: 1)
  • MUS 097 - Guitar Class (Credits: 1)
  • MUS 098 - Voice Class (Credits: 2)

Voice Majors

  • MUS 092 - Vocal Diction Class (Credits: 1) (two semesters)
  • MUS 093 - Woodwind Class (Credits: 1)
  • MUS 094 - Brass Class (Credits: 1)
  • MUS 095 - String Class (Credits: 1)
  • MUS 096 - Percussion Class (Credits: 1)
  • MUS 097 - Guitar Class (Credits: 1)

 

Ensemble Requirement

Seven semesters of ensemble participation are required. The following ensembles may be applied:

  • MUS 250 - College Choir Credits: (0 or 1 variable credit)
  • MUS 251 - Symphonic Band Credits: (0 or 1 variable credit)
  • MUS 252 - Men's Choir Credits: (0 or 1 variable credit)
  • MUS 253 - Gordon Symphony Orchestra Credits:( 0 or 1 variable credit)
  • MUS 254 - Women's Choir Credits: (0 or 1 variable credit)
  • MUS 258 - Wind Ensemble Credits: (0 or 1 variable credit)

 

Practicum

Students are placed in appropriate school settings for a 12-credit (minimum 15-week) student teaching experience supervised by College faculty, staff and cooperating practitioner(s). Students must apply for their practica during the year prior to their student teaching and be registered and finalized prior to starting their teaching assignment. Practicum Prerequisites: full approval in the appropriate teacher education program, successful completion of major coursework and senior recital, and successful completion of the Massachusetts tests for educator licensure (communication, literacy skills and music). As licensure requirements are subject to change by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and are beyond the control of the College, the College reserves the right to alter program requirements as necessary.

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