Sep 30, 2023  
2018-19 Catalog 
2018-19 Catalog FINAL VERSION - Closed for Revisions

Music Education: General Music (K-12), B.M.

This major is administered by the Department of Music .


There are three majors in music education (Early Childhood through Adolescence): (1) instrumental; (2) choral; and (3) general music. When you major in one area, you can complete “add-on” certification requirements in the other two.

In addition, a noncertifiable area of emphasis is available in Suzuki talent education to complement the music education tracks.

Teacher Certification Note: Enrollment caps are in effect for those seeking teacher certification. Please contact the Music Department early for entrance requirements and application procedures. Also see the information about the Professional Education Program and the elementary and secondary education curricula for teacher certification in the Education  section of this catalog. You must complete all requirements before you begin your student teaching/ internship semester.

Secondary/K-12 Education

Refer to the “Secondary/K-12 Education” portion of the Education  section earlier in this catalog for information about admission to the Professional Education Program and teacher certification requirements. NOTE: To graduate with a comprehensive Music Education - General major, completion of all teacher certification requirements, including student teaching in Music Education - General, is required


MUED 400  satisfies the Capstone Experience requirement. MUED 201 MUED 323 , and MUED 382  will satisfy 5 credits of the Communication in the Major requirement.

Music, 57 credits


Take MUS 379  to satisfy 2 credits of the Communication in the Major requirement. Placement exam required. If insufficient background, MUS 109  is prereq.

Applied music (major), 10 credits

Complete 300 level of study in voice, piano, or another instrument. Perform in juried public performance at appropriate level.

Applied music (minor)

Voice majors


Instrumental majors


Complete MUS 247  if not a piano major. If placed in private piano study, complete Level 100 and MUS 247 .

Conducting, 2 credits

Large ensemble, 7 credits

Take at least 7 credits of large ensemble. Required every semester enrolled except student teaching (1 credit per semester). (See Note 3 .) Instrumental majors must complete 2 additional semesters of MUS 341  . Piano majors: 1 credit from MUS 328  (taken in lieu of large ensemble upon course offering).

Diction, 1 credit

Add-on certification areas

We recommend that voice or piano majors complete both choral (Early Childhood through Adolescence) and general music (Early Childhood through Adolescence) tracks. If you are an instrumental major, you may also wish to expand your certification areas. Consult your adviser.

Instrumental (Early Childhood through Adolescence)

Certification for choral or general majors.

Major applied band or orchestra instrument

Complete 200 level of study.


String majors must take MUS 154  with MUS 153  as prereq.

Percussion majors may substitute 2 semesters of MUS 138 MUS 238 MUS 338 , MUS 438  for MUS 155  .

Advanced instrumental conducting, 2 credits

Large ensemble, 4 credits

Student teaching, 5 credits

Take at least 5 credits from:

Choral (Early Childhood through Adolescence)

Certification for instrumental or general majors.

Voice applied

Complete 200-level of study.

Piano applied

Large ensemble, 4 credits

Small vocal ensemble, 1 credit

Choral literature

Choral conducting, 2 credits

Vocal pedagogy, 2 credits

Student teaching, 5 credits

Take at least 5 credits from:

General music (Early Childhood through Adolescence)

Certification for instrumental or choral majors.

Voice applied

Complete 100-level of study if a choral major or MUS 150  and voice evaluation if an instrumental major.

Piano applied

Large ensemble, 2 semesters

Elementary methods, 2 credits

Secondary methods, 2 credits

Additional music history, 3 credits

Choose from:

Student teaching, 5 credits

Take at least 5 credits from:

Suzuki Talent Education, Area of Emphasis, 9 credits

Special interest area that does NOT lead to certification.

Capstone Experience