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College Catalog 2018-2019 
College Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music Education (B.M.)

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Student Learning Outcomes for Music Education:

Students will be able to:

  • Perform proficiently with the creative and performance skills appropriate to the student’s principal instrument.

  • Identify and synthesize key components of western tonal music theory and music history.

  • Demonstrate mastery of aural skills including sight-reading and dictation (melodic and harmonic).

  • Demonstrate the ability to synthesize theoretical knowledge and practical skills in order to plan, teach, and assess classroom teaching in the PK–12 school environment.

  • Perform on secondary instruments including piano, guitar, voice, and classroom instruments at a level appropriate to teach in the PK–12 school setting.

  • Synthesize, integrate, and adapt past and current music teaching and learning theories in the context of varying teaching placements and situations.

  • Display attitudes and attributes that are consistent with the level of professionalism expected from public and private school teachers.  

For music education (PK-12) majors, MU 211  and MU 212  together will satisfy the Western Cultural Heritage Area of Understanding for Core. Admission to the Music Education program is dependent upon meeting the general requirements for admission to the undergraduate program of the Department of Education . Please refer to the course catalog for the admission requirements for the undergraduate program of the Department of Education . Upon completion of this degree program, students are eligible to obtain the Pennsylvania Instructional I Teaching Certificate. The Music Education major is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. This program can be completed in four years but may require additional summer coursework. Because of the requirements from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and National Association of Schools of Music, the Music Education curriculum requires one semester of overload in the spring semester of the junior year (19 credits).

PLEASE NOTE: A complete list of the foundational requirements (including a list of approved English Literature courses) can be found in the EDUCATION MANUAL.


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FY___   SO___   JR___   SR___    

Grade C or better in ED 105___    Grade C or better in ED 151___

PROVISIONAL ACCEPTANCE needed for 200-level ED courses:

Cumulative GPA at 27 credits, >= 2.80___

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FORMAL ACCEPTANCE needed for 300-Level ED courses:

Cumulative GPA at 54 credits, >= 3.00___

Passing scores on Basic Skills Assessment___                                                    

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Two Math: MA___ and MA___

Two English: EN 100 or EN 150 ___  and EN Literature___

Music Education requires:

Additional Requirements for Music Education:

A Music Education major may not enroll in a course required for that major unless a grade of C- or better has been earned in all prerequisite courses. To graduate, a Music Education major must maintain the following standards:

A Music Education major must earn a grade of C- or better in all music and music education courses.

A Music Education major must satisfy the standards and requirements of the educational practicum and student-teaching experiences.

Provisional acceptance must be met as a prerequisite to all 200-level education courses.

Formal acceptance must be met as a prerequisite to all 300-level education and methods courses.

Suggested Four Year Planner:


Students must take Applied Instruction and an Ensemble every semester.

Students whose primary instrument is not piano or organ must take MU 117A in the fall semester and MU 118 in the spring semester.

Given PDE regulations, two English and two Math courses must be completed by the end of the sophomore year.

English literature is recommended over math in the spring semester, because the sophomore curriculum is designed around the opportunity to complete the mathematics core. To ensure the English literature course is accepted by the PDE, students should refer to the Education Department Handbook.

The Praxis tests should be taken at the beginning of the Fourth year.

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