B.M. All-Level Music Education Major

The Music Education major is offered on the Bachelor of Music degree and is divided into two separate tracks, choral and instrumental. Students choose the track that corresponds to their primary performance area and their career goals. Students completing this major are prepared to take both the Professional Development and the Music Content portion of the TExES Exam to obtain their state teacher certification. This certification is an All-Level certification in music and allows an individual to seek employment in the public schools as a choral director, band director, or general music teacher. While state certification is not required for individuals to teach in private schools, the Music Education major is highly recommended to students who are preparing to teach music at any level and in any educational venue.

Students pursuing the Music Education major are required to familiarize themselves with the requirements of the Department of Education. The music faculty and education faculty work together closely to maintain a strong program of preparation for prospective public and private school teachers. Among the purposes of the department are to (1) provide a quality professional preparation program leading to certification in Texas, (2) provide a strong academic and music foundation, (3) provide practical applications through site-based experiences, and (4) promote ethical and professional practices.

In keeping with the standards of the National Association of Schools of Music, ETBU seeks students who demonstrate:

  • Personal commitment to the art of music, to teaching music as an element of civilization, and to encouraging the artistic and intellectual development of students, plus the ability to fulfill these commitments as an independent professional
  • The ability to lead students to an understanding of music as an art form, as a means of communication, and as a part of their intellectual and cultural heritage
  • The capability to inspire others and to excite the imagination of students, engendering a respect for music and a desire for musical knowledge and experiences
  • The ability to articulate logical rationales for music as a basic component of general education, and to present the goals and objectives of a music program effectively to parents, professional colleagues, and administrators
  • The ability to work productively within specific education systems, promote scheduling patterns that optimize music instruction, maintain positive relationships with individuals of various social and ethnic groups, and be empathetic with students and colleagues of differing backgrounds
  • The ability to evaluate ideas, methods, and policies in the arts, the humanities, and in arts education for their impact on the musical and cultural development of students
  • The ability and desire to remain current with developments in the art of music and in teaching, to make independent, in-depth evaluations of their relevance, and to use the results to improve musicianship and teaching skills

General Education Requirements[42]
      English 1301, 1302 plus three (3) hours sophomore literature [9]
      Religion 1320 and 1330 [6]
      History 1301 and 1302 [6]
      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 theatre 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 1128, 1129, 2308, 2309 Aural Skills I, II, III, IV [4]
      MUSI 1308, 1309, 2308, 2309 Music Theory I, II, III, IV [12]
      MUSI 2201 Survey of Western Music [2]
      MUSI 3107 Music Technology [1]
      MUSI 3108 World Music [1]
      MUSI 3201 Conducting [2]
      MUSI 3212 Scoring and Arranging [2]
      MUSI 4301, 4302 Music History I, II [6]
Applied Study/Performance[22]
      Applied Concentration [12]
      Secondary Performance Study [3]
      Music Laboratory (choral MUSI 1150 or 2150/instrumental MUSI 1130 or 1133) [7]
      Junior Recital (MUSI 3030, 3031, 3040 or 3051) [0]
Music Education Major (Choral Track)[17]
      MUSI 2100 Introduction to Music Education [1]
      MUSI 2103 Instrumental Methods [1]
      MUSI 2104, 3102 Vocal Diction I, II [2]
      MUSI 3209 Choral Conducting and Literature [2]
      MUSI 4201 Materials and Resources for Elementary Music Education [2]
      MUSI 4202 Elementary Music Curriculum and Instruction [2]
      MUSI 4210 Teaching Choral Music [2]
      MUSI 4211 Choral Music Administration [2]
      One of the following: [3]
           MUSI 4310 Vocal Pedagogy (voice concentrations)
           MUSI 3308 Techniques and Materials for Class Piano (piano concentratons)
Music Education Major (Instrumental Track)[17]
      MUSI 2100 Introduction to Music Education [1]
      MUSI 2109, 2110 Woodwind Methods I, II [2]
      MUSI 2118 Percussion Methods [1]
      MUSI 2123 Strings Methods [1]
      MUSI 2124 Choral Methods [1]
      MUSI 2127 Brass Methods [1]
      MUSI 3207 Instrumental Conducting and Literature [2]
      MUSI 4201 Materials and Resources for Elementary Music Education [2]
      MUSI 4202 Elementary Music Curriculum and Instruction [2]
      MUSI 4212 Teaching Instrumental Music and Band Administration [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]
Electives (to total 133 hours)
LEAD 1111 Learning and Leading
Total: One hundred thirty-three (133) Semester Hours

A complete description of Music Majors and Minors and course descriptions are available online in the current ETBU catalog.

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