Completion of all program requirements, including passing state tests and assessments, qualifies one to teach general, vocal, and instrumental music in grades K-12. 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 licensure program in Music Education is to develop a high degree of competence in basic musicianship as well as to promote professional qualities essential for teaching music. The 21st century music educator connects musical understanding with performance through many styles of music, develops creative and engaging encounters with music, relates effectively to individuals and society, and adjusts to the changing demands in the field of music education.

 Professional Education

Professional Education: Music Education (13.5 units) 

The professional education courses listed below are used to compute your professional education grade point average for TEP and student teaching acceptance. These courses are required for the Music Education major.

First Year F Music 223, 224, or 225: Techniques*: Brass, Percussion, or Vocal

Music 132: Foundations and Principles of Music Education

Music 221, 223, or 224: Techniques*: String, Brass, or Percussion

Sophomore year   Educ 257 or Music 250: The Exceptional Child (U). May be taken junior year concurrently with 232 or 333.
Music 221, 222A, 222B, 223, 224, or 225: Techniques*: String, Woodwind, Brass, Percussion, or Vocal
Junior Year F

Music 232: Elementary General School Methods

Music 333A: Instrumental Music Methods

Music 221, 222A, 222B, 223, 224, 225: Techniques*: String, Woodwind, Brass, Percussion, or Vocal

Music 333B: Choral Music Methods

Music 221, 222A, 222B, 223, 224, 225: Techniques*: String, Woodwind, Brass, Percussion, or Vocal

MT Educ 365 **: Reading, Writing and Communication in the Content Areas 
Senior Year  

Music 497A: Student Teaching in Music
Music 221, 222A, 222B, 223, 224, 225: Techniques*: String, Woodwind, Brass, Percussion, or Vocal

*Prior to student teaching, candidates must complete five of the six required techniques (Music 221, 222A, 222B, 223, 224, 225) courses. First year students may not enroll in Music 222A or 222B and must seek instructor approval to enroll in Music 225.

** Music 328 or 329 and Educ 365 must be completed prior to student teaching.

Music education students are encouraged to enroll in MUS 261 (Jazz Improvisation), MUS 303 (Jazz Piano), MUS 111 (Introduction to Music Composition), MUS 307 (Free Composition), and MUS 307 (Orchestration), and/or MUS 114 (Music Technology to prepare for the changing landscape of 21st century music education.

Music education students are also invited to enroll in Educ 225 (SI) (Education and Social Justice), Educ 257 (U), (The Exceptional Child), and Educ 255 (W) (Child Study and Assessment).  Obtain permission of course instructor prior to registration.

Music Major Requirements

Major Requirements: Music (16.5 units)

The content courses listed below are used to compute your music major grade point average for TEP and student teaching acceptance.

First Year F

Music 100A
Music 103 (1)
Music 181 (.5)
Ensemble (.25)

Keyboard Skills
Music Theory 1
Applied Concentration


Music 100B
Music 104 (1)
Music 183 (.5)
Ensemble (.25)

Keyboard Skills
Music Theory II
Applied concentration

Sophomore year  F

Music 201 (.5)
Music 203 (1)
Music 205 (.5) or
Music 207 (.5)
Music 281 (.5)
Ensemble (.25)

Survey of Music History I
Music Theory III
Functional Piano I OR
Keyboard Harmony I (keyboard majors)
Applied Concentration

Sp Music 202 (.5)

Music 204 (1)
Music 206 (.5) or
Music 208 (.5)
Music 283 (.5)
Ensemble (.25)

Survey of Music History II

Music Theory IV
Functional Piano OR
Keyboard Harmony II (keyboard majors)
Applied Concentration

Junior Year F/Sp (Select 2)

Music 353 or 353w (1)
Music 354 or 354w (1)
Music 355 or 355w (1)
Music 356 or 356w (1)
Music 357 or 357w (1)
Music 358 or 358w (1)

History of Musical Style I: The Renaissance
History of Musical Style II: Baroque
History of Musical Style III: Classic
History of Musical Style IV: Romantic
History of Musical Style V: Post-Romanticism to WWII
History of Musical Style VI: Post WWII to the Present


Music 353, 354, 355,
356, 357, or 358 (1)A
Music 227
Music 381 (.5)
Ensemble (.25)

History of Musical Style (select from above, if needed)

Fundamentals of Conducting (or sophomore year)
Applied Concentration


Music 328 or 329
Music 353, 354, 355,
356, 357, or 358 (1)
Music 383 (.5)
Ensemble (.25)

Instrumental Conducting or Choral Conducting
History of Musical Style (select from above, if needed) 

Applied Concentration

Senior Year  

Music 301 (1) or
Music 302 (1) (fall) or
Music 309 (1)
Ensemble (.25)

Tonal Counterpoint
Advanced Analysis

Additional Requirements

Additional Requirements

  • Music 14X Convocation, First year.
  • Music 15X Recital Attendance (each semester excluding fall first year and the semester of student teaching)
  • Participation in at least one major ensemble or the equivalent during each semester in residence, excluding the semester of student teaching.
  • Two semesters of Titan Band are required for wind and percussion instrumental music education majors prior to student teaching. Register for fall semester only.
  • Pianists are required to take (at least) two semesters of accompanying as part of their ensemble requirement.
  • 1.75 course units of electives. B.M.E. degree options include:

Advanced conducting (instrumental or choral)
Applied minor lessons
Chamber music (with an assigned faculty coach)
Diction courses
Electroacoustic music
Independent study in music
Jazz history (US Diversity flag)
Keyboard literature
Latin-American music (Global Diversity flag)
Marching band practicum
May term music course
May term travel course in music
Opera history
Piano pedagogy
Practicum in conducting
Practicum in music education
Spring opera or fall musical
Vocal pedagogy
Music composition lessons
Music improvisation courses
Women in Popular Music (US Diversity Flag – spring semester only)

  • Substitutions in the prescribed courses of study may be permitted only by approval of the music faculty or an appropriate committee thereof. Substitutions must meet state guidelines and requirements.
  • Students may enroll for a maximum of five course units in fall and spring semesters. Any exceptions must be approved by the advisor.
  • Enrollment in at least one May term class is required. Educ 365 meets this requirement.
Upper Division Assessment

The Upper Division B.M.E. Assessment is given during the spring semester of the sophomore year. The Upper Division Assessment consists of five major areas—musical competencies, writing skills, professional qualities, personal qualities, and academic skills. Musical competencies include sight-singing in major and/or minor keys, solfeggio skills, and performance skills acceptable for upper division status. Professional Education competencies include planning lessons and interview skills that focus on current issues and practices in music education

Music Education candidates must successfully pass all portions of the assessment 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 you are deficient on any portion of the exam, a remedial plan will be devised by the MTAC. One semester of probation (fall, junior year) may be granted. See page 12.