Music Education Faculty
Dr. Kristen Bugos, Coordinator of Music Education
Mr. Mark Crim, Director of Bands
Dr. Justin Hodges, Director of Choral Activities
The Music Education program is designed to prepare students for service in public or private schools. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be qualified to apply for Texas teacher certification in music all-level (PK-12). See the ETBU Academic Catalog for track options.
Practice Teacher Certification (TExES) Exam
In accordance with the policy outlined by the ETBU Teacher Education Department, all students enrolled in EDUC 4335 or EDUC 4336 (Student Teaching) must attempt the Texas Teacher Certification Exam (The TExES Exam) while enrolled in student teaching. All music education majors must pass all domains of the Practice TExES Exam (Music) with a score of 80% or higher in each domain before they will be permitted to register for the TExES Exam. The Practice TExES Exam is administered by the ETBU Music Education Department on an as-needed basis, based on the number of students that need to take the exam in a given semester. Only Music Education Majors who are either currently enrolled in an upper-level music education course, or have already completed all upper-level music education courses are permitted to take the Practice TExES Exam. Students may take the Practice TExES Exam as many times as needed. The practice TExES exam functions as the department exam for music education majors.
Music Student Teachers
According to the ETBU Academic Catalog, students must have completed all course requirements before being approved for student teaching. Music students may not perform in any ETBU-sponsored ensemble whether for credit or on a volunteer basis during the student teaching semester. Music student-teachers may maintain active membership in music student organizations (NAfME Collegiate, KKY or TBS) but may not hold office.
All other policies and procedures concerning the music education program, including observation, internship, and student teaching and teacher certification are aligned with the ETBU Teacher Education Program. See the Academic Catalog for more information.