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Music Education Concentration (Initial Licensure)

This program is designed to meet the needs of musicians seeking to enter the field of professional music education. Students will be required to audition in their primary performing area or submit a video recording of their teaching. 

Diagnostic examinations in music history and music theory are given to all entering graduate students on the day prior to the starting date of each semester.  The results will assist the faculty in helping the student plan appropriate courses in the program of study. Deficiencies may be made-up after matriculation; however, no graduate credit will be allowed for such work.

Students who elect to not write a thesis must complete a research paper that must be approved by the major advisor in consultation with the other members of the student's graduate committee. All students are required  to pass an oral examination.

Students who wish to pursue both a Master of Music Degree with a concentration in Music Education AND INITIAL LICENSURE must complete six additional courses in education (See Group C). Further, students must complete any undergraduate music education deficiencies. There are two options: (1) pass the Praxis II music exam Test 0114 Music Content and Instruction with a minimum score of 162 OR (2) successfully complete the following courses and proficiencies: Mus 2240 Foundations of Music Education, Mus 3255 Elementary Music Methods, Mus 3810 or Mus 3820 Choral or Instrumental Conducting. Instrumentalists must pass the instrumental proficiency examinations for strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion or successfully complete classes in these instrumental methods.

Admission to the Teacher Education Program is required for those seeking initial licensure concurrent with enrollment in the graduate program. Documentation of progress through a series of assessments in an electronic portfolio (LiveText) is required as well as a one-semester student teaching experience. Consult the School of Education link to Graduate Milestone Assessment. *

Required Core: Hours
Mus 5000 Research in Music 3
Mus 5050 Seminar in Music Education 3

Group A -- Select six hours from the following
Mus 5010 Directed Studies in Music 3
Mus 5020 Directed Studies in Music 3
Mus 5140 Marching Band Techniques 3
Mus 5260 Secondary Instrumental Methods 3
Mus 5270 Vocal Pedagogy 3
Mus 5280 Piano Pedagogy 3
Mus 5380 Choral Methods 3
Mus 5990 Thesis 6

Group B -- Select 11 hours from the following or any remaining courses in Group A
Mus 5060 Music Analysis 3
Mus 5070 Music Analysis 3
Mus 5160 Technology in the Music Classroom 3 
Mus 5110 Composition 3
Mus 5120 Composition 3
Mus 5120 Composition 3
Mus 5310 Survey of Piano Literature 3
Mus 5320 Survey of Guitar Literature 3
Mus 5330 Music Before 1750 3
Mus 5340 Music from 1750 to 1900 3
Mus 5350 Music After 1900 3
Mus 5370 Art Song Literature 3
Mus 5390 Choral Literature 3
Mus 5420 Symphonic Literature 3
Mus 5430 Chamber Music Literature 3
Mus 5450 Opera Literature 3
Mus 5460 Music of Many Cultures 3
Mus 5550 Music for the Band 3
Mus 5800 Advanced Conducting 3
Mus 5810 Orchestration 3
Individual Instruction (Maximum of four hours credit, one or two hours per semester)
Ensemble (Maximum of two hours credit)

GROUP C -- Education Courses required for licensure
EDUC 5501 Models of Teaching 3
EDUC 5530 Classroom Assessment 3
EDUC 5540 Instructional Technology Strategies OR
MUS 5160 Technology in the Music Classroom 3
EDUC 5550 Teaching and Learning 3
SPED 5550 Trends/Issues in Special Education 3
EDUC 5080 Classroom Management 3

*Since the GRE is no longer required by the Music Department, students must have an ACT of 22 or higher to be admitted to Teacher Education. Otherwise, students will have to pass the Praxis I examination.