Music Education Bachelor of Music degree

(90 to 96.5 credit hours in Music)

For the major in Music Education (Bachelor of Music degree; certification to teach music in the public schools):

The Music Education degree program provides the means for students to acquire and demonstrate the required competencies for certification to teach music in the elementary and secondary schools. The New York State Education Department also requires a standardized test of both general and professional knowledge (the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test-LAST, the Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written Test—ATS—W), the Content Specialty Test (CST) in music, fingerprinting, practicum in a high needs school, and designated state workshops for all students recommended for teaching certification in music.

General Requirements:

Musicianship Core

MUS 163Our World of Music

1

MUS 164Our World of Music

1

MUS 263Music History in Western Civilization I

3

MUS 264Music History in Western Civilization II

3

MUS 231Conducting I

2

MUS 121Aural Skills I

2

MUS 122Aural Skills II

2

MUS 123Music Theory I

3

MUS 124Music Theory II

3

MUS 221Aural Skills III

2

MUS 222Aural Skills IV

2

MUS 223Music Theory III

3

MUS 354Form and Analysis

3

MUS 118Piano Class, Elementary

1

MUS 100Recital-Seminar

0

MUS 120Concert Attendance

0

MUS 105Applied Music Major

2

MUS 106Applied Music Major

2

Graduation Recital

MUS 118: waived for students whose principal instrument is piano

MUS 120: each semester of private applied lessons

Each student must declare a General/Choral or Instrumental concentration as designated by the Music Education Handbook.

General/Choral Concentration requirements are:

For Non-Piano/Non-Voice Students:

MUS 217Piano Class, Intermediate

1

MUS 218Piano Class, Intermediate

1

MUS 317Piano Class

1

MUS 318Piano Class

1

MUS 417Piano Class for Non-Keyboard Majors

1

MUED 203Intermediate Voice Class

1.5

MUED 204Advanced Voice Class

1.5

MUED 210Guitar Class

1

MUED 211Guitar Class

1

MUED 301General Music in Elementary School

2

MUED 302General Music in Secondary School

2

MUED 391Elementary School Choral Rehearsal Techniques

3

MUED 392Secondary School Choral Rehearsal Techniques

3

Music Education electives by advisement, including brass, woodwinds, string and percussion secondary instruments. One (1) -credit ensemble each semester of residency, four of which must be choral ensembles.

For Keyboard Students:

MUS 113Voice Class

1

MUS 415Piano Class for Keyboard Majors

1

MUS 416Piano Class for Keyboard Majors

1

MUED 203Intermediate Voice Class

1.5

MUED 204Advanced Voice Class

1.5

MUED 210Guitar Class

1

MUED 211Guitar Class

1

MUED 301General Music in Elementary School

2

MUED 302General Music in Secondary School

2

MUED 391Elementary School Choral Rehearsal Techniques

3

MUED 392Secondary School Choral Rehearsal Techniques

3

Music Education electives by advisement, including brass, woodwinds, string and percussion secondary instruments. One (1)-credit ensemble each semester of residency including piano ensemble and a minimum of four semesters in choral ensembles.

For Voice Students:

MUS 033Opera Production Practicum

MUS 137Diction for Singers

.5

MUS 138Diction for Singers

.5

MUS 139Diction for Singers

.5

MUS 140Diction for Singers

.5

MUS 217Piano Class, Intermediate

1

MUS 218Piano Class, Intermediate

1

MUS 317Piano Class

1

MUS 318Piano Class

1

MUS 417Piano Class for Non-Keyboard Majors

1

MUED 210Guitar Class

1

MUED 211Guitar Class

1

MUED 301General Music in Elementary School

2

MUED 302General Music in Secondary School

2

MUED 391Elementary School Choral Rehearsal Techniques

3

MUED 392Secondary School Choral Rehearsal Techniques

3

MUS 033: one semester in Freshman year

Music Education electives by advisement, including brass, woodwinds, string and percussion secondary instruments. Seven semesters in 1-credit choral ensembles.

Instrumental Concentration requirements are:

For Instrumental Applied Students:

MUS 113Voice Class

1

MUS 217Piano Class, Intermediate

1

MUS 218Piano Class, Intermediate

1

MUED 161Beginning Trumpet

1

MUED 162Beginning Trombone

1

MUED 163Beginning French Horn

1

MUED 164Beginning Tuba/Euphonium

1

MUED 171Beginning Clarinet

1

MUED 172Beginning Flute

1

MUED 173Beginning Oboe

1

MUED 174Beginning Bassoon

1

MUED 175Beginning Saxophone

1

MUED 185Beginning Violin/Viola

1

MUED 186Beginning Cello

1

MUED 187Beginning String Bass

1

MUED 221Percussion Class

2

MUED 222Advanced Percussion

1

MUED 260Brass Pedagogy

1

MUED 261Advanced Trumpet

1

MUED 262Advanced Trombone

1

MUED 263Advanced French Horn

1

MUED 264Advanced Tuba/Euphonium

1

MUED 271Advanced Clarinet

2

MUED 272Advanced Flute

2

MUED 273Advanced Oboe

2

MUED 274Advanced Bassoon

2

MUED 275Advanced Saxophone

2

MUED 285Advanced Violin/Viola

2

MUED 286Advanced Cello/String Bass

2

MUED 287

MUED 301General Music in Elementary School

2

or

MUED 302General Music in Secondary School

2

MUED 304Instrumental Music in Elementary School

2

MUED 305Instrumental Music in Secondary School

2

MUED 393Elementary School Instrumental Rehearsal Techniques

2

MUED 394Secondary School Instrumental Rehearsal Techniques

2

as designated by the Music Education Handbook. Successful completion of competency examinations on specified secondary instruments. Music Education electives by advisement. One (1)-credit ensemble using principle instrument each semester, plus two semesters in a 1-credit choral ensemble, plus at least one semester of instrumental chamber music.

For Keyboard or Voice Students (this option only by permission of the Area Chair for Music Education):

MUS 315Secondary Applied Study

1

MUS 316Secondary Applied Study

1

MUED 161Beginning Trumpet

1

MUED 162Beginning Trombone

1

MUED 163Beginning French Horn

1

MUED 164Beginning Tuba/Euphonium

1

MUED 171Beginning Clarinet

1

MUED 172Beginning Flute

1

MUED 173Beginning Oboe

1

MUED 174Beginning Bassoon

1

MUED 175Beginning Saxophone

1

MUED 185Beginning Violin/Viola

1

MUED 186Beginning Cello

1

MUED 187Beginning String Bass

1

MUED 221Percussion Class

2

MUED 222Advanced Percussion

1

MUED 260Brass Pedagogy

1

MUED 261Advanced Trumpet

1

MUED 262Advanced Trombone

1

MUED 263Advanced French Horn

1

MUED 264Advanced Tuba/Euphonium

1

MUED 271Advanced Clarinet

2

MUED 272Advanced Flute

2

MUED 273Advanced Oboe

2

MUED 274Advanced Bassoon

2

MUED 275Advanced Saxophone

2

MUED 285Advanced Violin/Viola

2

MUED 286Advanced Cello/String Bass

2

MUED 287

MUED 301General Music in Elementary School

2

or

MUED 302General Music in Secondary School

2

MUED 304Instrumental Music in Elementary School

2

MUED 305Instrumental Music in Secondary School

2

MUED 393Elementary School Instrumental Rehearsal Techniques

2

MUED 394Secondary School Instrumental Rehearsal Techniques

2

MUS 316: additional permission required

Successful completion of competency examinations on specified secondary instruments. Music Education electives by advisement. One (1) credit ensemble each semester of residency. Minimum of four must be 1-credit instrument ensembles and two must be 1-credit choral ensembles. A minimum of two semesters of Secondary Applied MUS 315- MUS 316 or other approved private study on an orchestral instrument (woodwind, brass, string, or percussion).

Students who can demonstrate the competencies and any additional requirements associated with any course will be excused from taking the course. However, since there is no upper limit in skill development, it is recommended that students use the time thus saved to complete a like amount of advanced course work from the area(s) in question. Students are encouraged to elect as much additional course work as possible in their concentration, in music education, or in performance, theory, history and literature in consultation with their academic advisor and/or the Chair for Music Education.

Students must complete at least 120 total credit hours of course work in order to meet the minimum university requirements for the awarding of a degree.

Professional Standing is the recognition that students have successfully completed all requirements to enter junior level Music Education course work. At the end of sophomore year, each student will submit a formal application for Professional Standing and must demonstrate the following:

  1. 2.75 overall GPA (no MUED class with a grade lower than C)
  2. Music Theory completed MUS 222 and MUS 354 with no grade lower than a C-
  3. MUED 150, MUED 250 and MUED 251 completed
  4. Two practica completed
  5. Secondary Instrument Competencies: vocal MUS 317 and MUED 204; instrumental (four playing classes, two proficiencies, MUS 113 and MUS 218.
  6. MUS 231 and MUS 232.

Any student not meeting all standards will be denied acceptance into Professional Standing and will not be admitted into junior level Music Education course work. Music Education courses may be retaken only once.

Foreign Language Requirement

Candidates in all education programs are required to demonstrate competence in a foreign language. This requirement must be satisfied in any one of the following ways:

  • Score of 85 percent or higher on New York State Regents Exam (or local equivalent). Requirement is fulfilled.
  • Scores of 65 percent - 84 percent on High School N.Y.S. Regents Exam (or local equivalent): Student needs to take an Elementary I level course or an Elementary II level course of a language or equivalent course(s) or successfully complete an equivalent SUNY Fredonia proficiency exam.
  • Scores below 65 percent on High School N.Y.S. Regents Exam (or local equivalent) or if student did not take a N.Y.S. Regents or local Exam: Student needs to take an Elementary I level course and an Elementary II level course of the same language or equivalent.

Student Teaching

(Student teaching and assorted special seminar classes held irregularly during student teaching.) The student must have:

  1. An overall 2.75 GPA;
  2. An average of 2.5 in all MUED required courses and no less than a grade of C in any single MUED course;
  3. A 2.0 average in MUS required courses, with no grade less than D+;
  4. Satisfactorily completed all stated prerequisite competencies for performance, musicianship, and music education (Most competencies must be completed prior to student teaching either through course completion or special examination, except as noted in the Music Education Handbook. Some will be determined during student teaching).
  5. The recommendation of the Music Education professional staff, based on contact with the student in the Foundations in Music Education sequence of courses and the Methods Course sequence MUED 150, MUED 250, MUED 251, MUED 300, MUED 301, MUED 302, MUED 304, MUED 305, MUED 391, MUED 392, MUED 393, MUED 394. Criteria are (1) dispositions toward teaching music including realism and accuracy in understanding the profession; (2) commitment, responsibility, and dedication to professional growth (i.e. "professionalism"); (3) ability to function under pressure, personal stability; (4) communication with professor(s) and peers, suitability of social adjustment and relations.
  6. Completed and submitted student teaching application, personal data forms, and portfolio by the announced due dates.

Other Activities during the Professional Semester (Capstone experience)

Because of the time involved and the importance of student teaching in the preparation of a teacher:

  1. Students may not participate in any university courses or formal (School of Music sponsored) extracurricular activities during the professional semester;
  2. Students may not perform recitals, opera roles, concerto or ensembles during the professional semester;
  3. Students are urged to avoid other regular obligations, such as jobs, during the professional semester; student teachers often must stay after school for rehearsals and return evenings for rehearsals and concerts.