Music Education

Music candidates earn a K-12 certificate (type 10) with an endorsement in Music. There are no designations within this endorsement (you are qualified to teach vocal and instrumental music). Earning endorsements in any other subject requires completion of an approved program in that area, including the ISBE content area exam.

The goal of the certification program in Music Education is to develop a high degree of competence in basic musicianship, as well as to promote personal and professional qualities essential for teaching music. The program recognizes the importance for today’s music education to connect musical understanding to many types of music, to exercise aesthetic and creative judgment in all encounters with music, to be flexible in adjusting to changing demands of the music teaching field and to relate effectively to individuals and society.

The basic requirements are specified as follows:
A minimum of 36 course units are required for the B.M.E. degree:9 course units in General Education, 10.5 course units in Professional Music Education, and 16.5 course units in Music (Teaching Specialization), one of which (ensembles) also fulfills the General Education unit in the Arts.

Courses in Music and Music Education: A minimum of 27 course units in music specialization and professional music education to include:
Degree Requirements
A. three course units in applied concentration study
B. music 103, 104, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206 (six units) (if piano concentration, take 207/208 instead of 205/206)
C. two course units in music history and literature selected from 353, 354, 355, 356, 357, and 358
D. one course unit in upper-division theory selected from 301, 302, and 309.
E. one course unit in conducting
F. two and one-half units in instrumental and vocal techniques courses
G. music education 132 (Foundations and Principles); 332 (Teaching Elementary School Music); 333A (Teaching Secondary School Instrumental Music); 333B (Teaching Secondary School Vocal/General Music) and 497A (Student Teaching in Music). (eight units)
H. two course units in Education 257 (The Exceptional Child) and Education 365 (Reading, Writing, and Communication in the Content Area)
I. one and three-quarters course units (seven semesters) of work in appropriate music ensembles. Pianists must complete 1/2 unit in accompanying (Music 31).

J. one and three-quarters course units of music electives.

K. Titan Band is a required ensemble for a minimum of two seasons for all wind and percussion instrumental music education majors (each season usually begins in late August and runs through the first half of March; however, students should register only for the fall semester).
L. one semester of Music 14X
M. five semesters of Music 15X
N. The Upper Division B.M.E. interview is given spring semester of the sophomore year. Music Education students must successfully pass all portions of the exam (and the applied upper division jury) for admission to the Teacher Education Program and to upper division status within the B.M.E. program. If a student meets all other requirements, but is deficient on any portion of the exam, a remedial plan will be devised (by the MTAC committee in consultation with the Director of the School of Music) and one semester of probation (fall, junior year) will be granted. Students may enroll in M333A and M333B during the probationary semester. If significant progress has not occurred at the end of the probationary semester, which will be determined by a second (and final) examination and interview, the student will not be permitted to enroll in M333B, M497A, or M427, and a change of major will be recommended.