Music Education students

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.

Music Education Course Requirements:
Students majoring in music education must complete the following music courses:

  • MUS117 Introduction to Music Education
  • MUS118 Music Education Prepracticum
  • MUS211, 212 Music Theory I, II
  • MUL211, 212 Music Theory Lab I, II
  • MUS221, 222 Music History and Literature I, II
  • MUS245 World Music
  • MUS311 Music Theory III
  • MUL311 Music Theory Lab III
  • MUS315 20th-Century Techniques
  • MUS318 Conducting
  • MUS319 Advanced Conducting
  • MUS321–323 Music History and Literature III, IV, V
  • MUS327 Choral Methods 
  • MUS328 Instrumental Methods
  • MUS335 Music Education K–5
  • MUS336 Music Education 6–12
  • MUS346 Instrumentation and Arranging
  • MUS407 Music Education Seminar
  • MUS415 Practicum
  • PSY244 Developmental Psychology
  • Applied music (28 credits)
  • Instrument majors—7 credits of instrument classes: MUS098 Voice Class, 
  • MUS094 Brass, MUS096 Percussion, MUS095 Strings, 
  • MUS093 Woodwinds; MUS097 Guitar
  • Voice Majors—7 credits of instrument classes: MUS092 Vocal Diction (two semesters), MUS093 Woodwind, MUS094 Brass, MUS095 String, MUS096 Percussion; MUS097 Guitar

Meet music major ensemble requirement (seven semesters)
Pass piano and voice proficiency examinations
Successful completion of a senior recital

Practicum
For the 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. 

Core Adjustments for Bachelor of Music in Music Education:
Music education students receive the following core reductions unless they validate Language I or II (see details below).

  • HIS121 Historical Perspective on Culture, Belief and Civilization
  • Civic Responsibility theme
  • Natural World theme
  • Aesthetic Sensibilities and Practices theme (fulfilled by program)
  • Human Person theme (fulfilled by PSY244 Developmental Psychology)
  • Global Understanding theme (reduced by 2 credits; fulfilled by MUS245 World Music) 

Core Language Validation: 
If Language I is validated by a placement exam, the student in either the music education or performance program must complete one of the courses waived above. If both Language I and II are validated, the student must complete two of the courses waived above.

View the suggested four-year paradigm for the Bachelor of Music in Music Education