Skip to main content

Academics

Majors and Minors

The Department of Music at East Texas Baptist University invites you to explore and enhance your musical gifts with us as we exalt God together. Our faculty members are professional musicians and teachers, committed to Christ-centered excellence and ready to challenge you to excel beyond your expectations. See below for a full list of required classes for each Major and Minor.  

Majors

Music Education (Choral and Instrumental Tracks)

Coursework
The three main components of the Music Education program are musicianship, teacher education, and music education.  Courses such as Harmony, Ear Training, Music History, and Conducting, along with private applied lessons and ensemble participation, help prospective music educators develop their personal musicianship and content area knowledge.  Teacher education courses such as Classroom Management and Effective Teaching Strategies, Integrated Technology in the Classroom, and Special Education prepare them to work with children and youth in school settings.  Music education courses, such as Marching Band Techniques, Teaching Choral Music, and Elementary Music Curriculum and Instruction, cover material specific to music education.  Our faculty includes experienced specialists in choir, band, and elementary music and we offer choral and instrumental (band) tracks so students may specialize in their area of interest while still receiving well-rounded preparation.

Practical Experience
Our program includes a sequential progression of experiences with K-12 students, schools, and teachers.  This begins in the freshman year with video observations of a wide range of school music classes and an interview with a music teacher, and continues in subsequent years with 30 hours of observation and 45 hours of practicum in local public school music classes, and supervised practice teaching with elementary homeschool students.  The entire final semester is spent student teaching in public schools at both the elementary and secondary levels.

Students are encouraged to take advantage of additional extracurricular professional experiences such as attending the Texas Music Educators Association convention, participating in the ETBU Collegiate Chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), teaching private lessons, and assisting with on-campus events like workshops for music teachers and clinics for school bands.

Certification Preparation
Preparation for the state examinations for educator certification is incorporated throughout the program.  In the senior year, practice tests and review with faculty members prepare students to take the exams during (or before) their student teaching semester.  Students who successfully complete all program requirements and pass their exams are ready to be recommended for certification immediately following graduation.

For more information or questions about the Music Education program, contact Dr. Kristen Bugos (kbugos@etbu.edu).

Course Requirements

General Education Requirements [39]
      English 1301, 1302 plus three (3) hours sophomore literature [9]
      Religion 1320 and 1330 [6]
      History 1301 or 1302 [3]
      Political Science 2303 [3]
      Speech 1311 [3]
      Science (must be lab science) [4]
      Mathematics 1342 [3]
      Psychology 3331 [3]
      Fine Arts (three (3) hours from music, theatre, fine arts, arts, or equivalent) [3]
      Physical Activity (KINE 1238) [2]
Major Area of Study [69]
Basic Musicianship [30]
      MUSI 1000 Recital (six (6) semesters required) [0]
      MUSI 1116, 1117 Elementary Ear Training I, II [2]
      MUSI 1311, 1312 Elementary Harmony I, II [6]
      MUSI 2116, 2117 Advanced Ear Training I, II [2]
      MUSI 2312 Advanced Harmony [3]
      MUSI 3201 Conducting [2]
      MUSI 3203 20th Century Analytical Techniques [2]
      MUSI 3212 Scoring and Arranging [2]
      MUSI 3213 Introduction to Music [2]
      MUSI 3303 Form and Analysis [3]
      MUSI 4301, 4302 Music History I, II [6]
Applied Study/Performance [22]
      Applied Concentration [12]
      Secondary Performance Study [3]
      Music Laboratory [7]
      Junior Recital (MUSI 3030, 3031, 3040 or 3051) [0]
Music Education Major (Choral Track) [17]
      MUSI 2100 Introduction to Music Education [1]
      MUSI 2104, 3102 Vocal Diction I, II [2]
      MUSI 3214 Conducting II [2]
      MUSI 4201 Materials and Resources for Elementary Music Education [2]
      MUSI 4202 Elementary Music Curriculum and Instruction [2]
      MUSI 4205 Music Administration and Methods [2]
      MUSI 4305 Teaching Choral Music [3]
One of the following: [3]
      MUSI 4310 Vocal Pedagogy (voice concentrations)
      MUSI 3308 Techniques and Materials for Class Piano (piano concentrations)
Music Education Major (Instrumental Track) [17]
      MUSI 2100 Introduction to Music Education [1]
      MUSI 2107 Woodwind Methods [1]
      MUSI 2118 Percussion Methods [1]
      MUSI 2123 Strings Methods [1]
      MUSI 2127 Brass Methods [1]
      MUSI 3214 Conducting II [2]
      MUSI 4201 Materials and Resources for Elementary Music Education [2]
      MUSI 4202 Elementary Music Curriculum and Instruction [2]
      MUSI 4205 Music Administration and Methods [2]
      MUSI 4224 Teaching Instrumental Music [2]
      MUSI 4213 Marching Band Techniques [2]
Departmental Requirements
      MUSI 3308 Techniques and Materials for Class Piano (required for piano concentrations)
Professional Education Requirements [21]
      EDUC 3101 Integrated Technology in the Classroom [1]
      EDUC 3301 The Professional Teacher and Diverse Learners [3]
      EDUC 3302 Learning and Evaluation Theory [3]
      EDUC 3323 Classroom Management and Effective Teaching Strategies [3]
      EDUC 3353 Special Education [3]
      EDUC 4257 Practicum for All-Level Pre-Service Teachers [2]
      EDUC 4335 Student Teaching for All-Level, Elementary [3]
      EDUC 4336 Student Teaching for All-Level, Secondary [3]
Electives (to total 130 hours)
      LEAD 1111 Learning and Leading
Total: One hundred thirty (130) Semester Hours

Worship Studies

The world and work of church music is diverse and rapidly changing, and we strive to provide students the opportunity to broaden their experiences in preparation for this field. The Worship Studies major is a curriculum designed to provide a wide range of opportunities to students who seek to use their music skills to minister to others, primarily through traditional music leadership roles in the church but through less traditional performance-based ministry opportunities available to ministry-minded musicians.

The curriculum provides an historical foundation of church music and helps the student develop personal philosophical approaches to scripturally-based ministry and worship practices. In addition to basic musicianship skills common to all music majors, Worship Studies students are challenged to 1) develop skills is directing music ensembles of all ages and types found in most churches, 2) understand and respond to God's call to ministry in their personal lives, and 3) gain experience working in music ministry leadership positions during, and as a part of, their course of study at ETBU.

Since many young students seeking opportunities to respond to God's call to ministry are unsure how that call will materialize into long-term vocational plans, students are encouraged to pursue the Worship Studies major. They are assigned faculty advisors who can mentor them, inform them of the professional opportunities that are available to them, and guide them through this decision-making process.

General Education Requirements[30]
      English 1301, 1302 plus 3 hours sophomore literature [9]
      Religion 1320 and 1330 [6]
      History [3]
      Physical Activity (KINE 1238) [2]
      Science (must be a 4 hour lab science) [4]
      Mathematics 1300, 1342, 1314, 1316, 2301 or 2313 [3]
      Speech 1311 [3]
Major Area of Study[78]
  Basic Musicianship[32]
      MUSI 1000 Recital (six (6) semesters required) [0]
      MUSI 1116, 1117 Elementary Ear Training I, II [2]
      MUSI 1311, 1312 Elementary Harmony I, II [6]
      MUSI 2116, 2117 Advanced Ear Training I, II [2]
      MUSI 2312 Advanced Harmony [3]
      MUSI 3201 Conducting [2]
      MUSI 3203 20th Century Analytical Techniques [2]
      MUSI 3212 Scoring and Arranging [2]
      MUSI 3213 Introduction to Music [2]
      MUSI 3303 Form and Analysis [3]
      MUSI 4301, 4302 Music History I, II [6]
      One of the following: [2]
      MUSI 3209 Choral Conducting and Literature
      MUSI 3207 Instrumental Conducting and Literature
   Applied Study/Performance[22]
      Applied Concentration (twelve (12) semester hours) [12]
      Secondary Performance Study (three (3) semester hours) [3]
      Music Laboratory (performance ensembles for seven (7) semesters) [7]
      Junior Recital (MUSI 3030, 3031, 3040 or 3051) [0]
   Worship Studies Major Study[15]
      MUSI 2303 Planning Worship [3]
      MUSI 2304 Leading Worship [3]
      MUSI 3360 The Worship of God [3]
      MUSI 3361 Worship Music [3]
      MUSI 4150 Practicum in Music Ministry I [1]
      MUSI 4250 Practicum in Music Ministry II [2]
  Music Electives (to equal 78 semester hours in music)[9]
Electives/Additional hours (to total 120 hours)[12]
      RLGN 4341 Church Administration (required)
      or MUSI 4205 Music Administration and Methods (required)
      LEAD 1111 Learning and Leading
Total: One-hundred twenty (120) Semester Hours
 

Music

The Music Major on the Bachelor of Arts degree is provided for students to (1) develop competency in basic musicianship that will serve them in a variety of personal and professional endeavors throughout their life, (2) prepare students for graduate school programs in a variety of disciplines and fields, and (3) facilitate interdisciplinary endeavors and liberal arts pursuits.  This degree provides a significant amount of flexibility and elective options for students. These electives allow students to focus on a particular area of the music discipline such as music theory, music composition, or musicology. In addition to regularly scheduled courses, these students can work with faculty members to create special topics courses that are specific to their areas of interest. These students can also use electives to select a minor from another academic field to integrate a wider range of academic interests. Some of these minors are Religion, Business, Theatre Arts, English, Foreign Languages and Psychology. Students are encouraged to study the ETBU catalog to determine the minor area that best compliments their interests and career goals.

Students completing a Music Major on the BA degree may qualify for a wide variety of graduate programs both in music and in other disciplines. Students are provided faculty advisors to assist them in choosing the best electives and courses that will help them reach their professional goals.

General Education Requirements[47]
      English 1301, 1302 plus 3 hours sophomore literature [9]
      Fine Arts (three (3) hours from Theatre, Art or equivalent) [3]
      Foreign Language (at least one semester second year, all hours in same language) [11]
      Religion 1320 and 1330 [6]
      History [3]
      Social Science (GEOG/PSYC/SOCI/POSC) [3]
      Physical Activity (KINE 1238) [2]
      Science (must be lab science) [4]
      Mathematics [3]
      Speech 1311 [3]
Major area of study[52]
Basic Musicianship Requirements[24]
        MUSI 1000 Recital (six (6) semesters required) [0]
      MUSI 1116, 1117 Elementary Ear Training I, II [2]
      MUSI 1311, 1312 Elementary Harmony I, II [6]
      MUSI 2116, 2117 Advanced Ear Training I, II [2]
      MUSI 2312 Advanced Harmony [3]
      MUSI 3213 Introduction to Music [2]
      MUSI 3303 Form and Analysis [3]
      MUSI 4301, 4302 Music History I, II [6]
Applied Study/Performance[20]
      Applied Concentration [10]
      Secondary Performance Study [3]
      Music Laboratory (performance ensembles) [7]
      MUSI 3030, 3031, 3040 or 3051 Junior Recital [0]
Additional Music Hours[8]
Minor/Additional Hours (electives or departmental requirements)[18]
      MUSI 3308 Techniques and Materials for Class Piano (required for piano concentration)
Electives (to total 120 hours)[3]
      LEAD 1111 Learning and Leading
Total: One hundred twenty (120) Semester Hours

Minors

Worship Arts

 MUSI 2303 Planning Worship
 MUSI 2304 Leading Worship
 MUSI 3360 The Worship of God
 MUSI 3361 Worship Music

Music Education 

(NOTE: does not lead to teacher certification)
      
MUSI 2100 Introduction to Music Education
     MUSI 4201 Materials and Resources for Elementary Music Education
     MUSI 4202 Elementary Music Curriculum and Instruction
     MUSI 4205 Music Administration and Methods
     MUSI 4213 Marching Band Techniques
     MUSI 4305 Teaching Choral Music
Instrumental Methods Courses
     MUSI 2107 Woodwind Methods
     MUSI 2118 Percussion Methods
     MUSI 2123 String Methods
     MUSI 2127 Brass Methods  

Performance

Applied study is available each semester in guitar, voice, piano, organ, and wind and percussion instruments as faculty loads permit.  Music majors and students who have officially declared as a music minor will be given primary consideration for applied instruction.  Four (4) credit hours of applied study taken in four (4) separate semesters are required before upper-level applied study will be allowed.
Ensemble Courses
     MUSI 1120 Handbell Choir
     MUSI 1130 Symphonic Band
     MUSI 1133 Marching Band
     MUSI 1137 Jazz Band
     MUSI 1138 Chamber Music Ensembles
     MUSI 1150 Chapel Choir
     MUSI 1157 Opera Workshop
     MUSI 1159 Musical Theatre
     MUSI 2150 Concert Choir  

General Music Instruction

FNAT 1306 Appreciation of the Arts
MUSI 1305 History of Rock and Roll
MUSI 1314 Jazz in America
MUSI 3350 History of Jazz
NOTE: A student may not receive credit for both MUSI 1314 and MUSI 3350.