Music Education Course Requirements

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, fall

Music 223, 224, or 225

Techniques*: Brass, Percussion, or Vocal

First year, spring

Music 132

Music 221, 223, or 224

Foundations and Principles of Music Education

Techniques*: String, Brass, or Percussion

Sophomore year

EDUC 257 or Music 250

 

Music 221, 222a, 222b, 223, 224, or 225

The Exceptional Child (may be taken junior year concurrently with 232 or 333)

Techniques*: String, Woodwind, Brass, Percussion, or Vocal

Junior year, fall

Music 232

Music 333A

Music 221, 222a, 222b, 223, 224, 225

Elementary General School Methods

Instrumental Music Methods

Techniques*: String, Woodwind, Brass, Percussion, or Vocal

Junior year, spring

Music 333B

Music 221, 222a, 222b, 223, 224, 225

Choral Music Methods

Techniques*: String, Woodwind, Brass, Percussion, or Vocal

Junior year, May Term

EDUC 365**

Reading, Writing and Communication in the Content Areas

Senior year

Music 497A

Music 221, 222a, 222b, 223, 224, 225

Student Teaching in Music

Techniques: String, Woodwind, Brass, Percussion, or Vocal

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, fall

Music 100A

Music 103 (1)

Music 181 (.5)

Ensemble (.25)

Keyboard Skills

Music Theory 1

Applied Concentration

First year, spring

Music 100B

Music 104 (1)

Music 183 (.5)

Ensemble (.25)

Keyboard Skills

Music Theory II

Applied concentration

Sophomore year, fall

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

Sophomore year, spring

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, fall/spring

(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

Junior year, fall

 

Music 353, 354, 355,

356, 357, or 358 (1)

Music 227

Music 381 (.5)

Ensemble (.25)

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

 

Fundamentals of Conducting (or sophomore year)

Applied Concentration

Junior year, spring

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, spring or fall

Music 301 (1) or

Music 302 (1) (fall) or

Music 309 (1)

Ensemble (.25)

Tonal Counterpoint

Advanced Analysis

Orchestration

 

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. 

Sample Course Plan Year 1

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

May Term

  • Optional

* Lessons: register for the CRN with the student's instrument/instructor. For pianists, R. Kent Cook; for vocalists, J. Scott Ferguson.

** Students can take a keyboard proficiency exam which is given during New Student Orientation, and if they test out of MUS 100A/B, then they take: MUS 205 (non-keyboard majors) or MUS 207 (keyboard majors) in the Fall semester and MUS 206 (non-keyboard majors) or MUS 208 (keyboard majors) in the Spring semester.

*** Choose from 221, 223, 224, or 225, depending on which are offered in a given semester. Defer the taking of 222 (a full-year course) until sophomore or junior year. 

**** All wind and percussion music education students are required to participate in Titan Band for 2 semesters (X-credit). (Pianists and vocalists are exempt from this requirement.)

Sample Course Plan Year 2

 Fall Semester

* Private lessons: register for the CRN with the student's instrument/instructor. For pianists, R. Kent Cook; for vocalists, J. Scott Ferguson.

** Keyboard Harmony (207/208) is offered in alternate years. In the year in which it is not offered, students should be encouraged to take an additional Gen Ed or PE course.

*** Choose from 221, 223, 224, or 225, depending on which are offered in a given semester. Defer the taking of 222 (a full-year course) until sophomore or junior year. 

**** All Winds and Percussion music education students are required to participate in Titan Band for 2 semesters (X-credit). (Pianists and vocalists are exempt from this requirement.)