Music Education

Bachelor of Music (BM) in Music Education

Music education majors are eligible for Pennsylvania teacher certification in music K-12 (vocal/general and instrumental), and for further graduate study. Professional memberships available through the National Association for Music Education (MENC) and the Pennsylvania Music Education Association (PMEA).

Formal application to the Teacher Education Program (sophomore screening process) is made upon completion of 48 credits. Minimum GPA of 3.0 is set by PA Department of Education. Candidates complete 100 hours of assigned fieldwork in observation prior to student teaching. Teacher certification requires completion of student teaching experiences in elementary K-6 and secondary 7-12 placements, and passing of PRAXIS tests. Refer to University education department for all admission and retention criteria.

Post-Baccalaureate Music K-12 Certification

Applicants with bachelor's degree in a related music field (performance, music therapy) may seek initial teacher certification. Minimum required undergraduate GPA of 3.0 set by PA Department of Education. Post-bacc candidates must successfully complete two components: Music Education (II) and Professional Education (III). Applicants with bachelor's degree in a field other than music must complete all three components: Basic musicianship, music education, and professional education. Course numbers, titles, and credits are listed below.

I. Basic Musicianship/Performance

MUSC 111A, B Written Theory I 4
MUSC 112A, B Aural Skills I 2
MUSC 115A, B Conducting I 2
MUSC 127A, B Class Piano (where applicable) 4
MUSC 211A, B Written Theory II 2
MUSC 212A, B Aural Skills II 2
MUSC 213A, B Keyboard Harmony 2
MUSC 309 Form and Analysis 3
MUSC 318A, B, C Italian/German/French Vocal Diction (for voice music majors) 3
MUSC 322 History of Music I 3
MUSC 323 History of Music II 3
MUSC 412 Orchestration 2
MUSC 421 Introduction to World Music 1
MUSC 419 Conducting II 1
MUSC varies Applied Major 14
MUSC varies Ensemble 3.5-5.5
MUSC 482 Senior Recital 0

II. Music Education Component

MUSC 118 Percussion Methods 2
MUSC 120A, B Vocal Methods (for instrumental music majors) 2
MUSC 215A Violin Methods 2
MUSC 215B Cello/Bass Methods 2
MUSC 220A, B Vocal Pedagogy (for vocal music majors) 2
MUSC 303A Woodwinds I 1
MUSC 303B Woodwinds II 1
MUSC 311B Music Education in Elementary School 2
MUSC 312 Music Education in Secondary School 2
MUSC 315C Instrumental Lab 0
MUSC 315D High Brass Methods 1
MUSC 315E Low Brass Methods 1

III. Professional Education ^

EDUC 000 Field Experience                  0
EDUC 005D Practicum IV Secondary / K-12 1
EDUC 100, 101       Introduction to Education .5, .5
*PSYC 251 Developmental Psychology 3
*EDUC 311 Educational Psychology                                                      3
*EDUC 411A           Effective Instruction in Secondary and K-12 Education                 3
*EDUC 414 Social Foundations of Education 3
SPED 100 Characteristics of Students with Disabilities  3
**SPED 300 Curriculum Adaptations 3
*SPED 367 Behavior Management 3
EDUC 442M Student Teaching 9
*EDUC 461 Methods, Materials, & Assessment of ESL 3

* Requires upper level screening

** Taken with student teaching

^ Curriculum requirements in this section are subject to change, based on PA state department of education guidelines. PA State regulations require nine (9) credits in Special Education and three (3) credits in ELL for all teacher education programs. ELL requirement fulfilled during student teaching semester. Required courses: S ED 152 Orientation to Exceptionalities (3); S ED 300 Curriculum Adaptations (3); S ED 367 Behavior & Classroom Management (3); EDUC 561 Methods, Materials, and Assessment of ELL (3).