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Department of Music: Bachelor of Science in Music Education (B.S.)

The B.S. in Music Education degree leads to provisional PK-12 certification in the State of Connecticut. The program is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in music education.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Bachelor of Science in Music Education Degree Program

The program goals include:

  1. To prepare students to become highly skilled teaching professionals.
  2. To prepare students to become highly skilled performers on their principal instrument.
  3. To give students a comprehensive musical education which includes experiences in traditional ensembles, jazz and contemporary ensembles, conducting, form & analysis, music history, music of diverse cultures, pedagogy, music technology, composition, improvisation and professional development.
  4. To increase students’ understanding and awareness of the arts in relation to society, in particular the education system, thereby developing life-long advocates of the arts.

Students wishing to pursue this degree program must first be admitted by audition.

Self-declared music education majors must maintain a GPA of 2.67 or higher upon the completion of 60 credits of course work in order to remain a self-declared education major. Students who fail to meet this requirement will be notified by the dean of the School of Visual and Performing Arts. Students must achieve a GPA of 2.8 or higher in order to be accepted into all professional education programs as candidates for teacher certification.

Requirements: Bachelor of Science in Music Education –– Certification PK-12

Completion of a minimum of 131 semester hours including the exercise science requirement, and requirements in music, music education, and education as specified by course number and title in the eight-semester sequence shown below.

Recommended sequence:

First Year    
Fall Semester

 
MUS 108 Music Theory I
MUS 114 Sight Singing/Ear Training I
MUS 125 Keyboard Comp. I
MUS 180 Applied Music
MUS 113 Convocation/Recital Repertoire
MED 206 Intro to Music Education
Large ensemble  
Small ensemble  
WRT ___W or ENG ___W (writing intensive course)
PSY 100 Intro to Psychology

Spring Semester

 
MUS 109 Music Theory II
MUS 115 Sight Singing/Ear Training II
MUS 126 Keyboard Comp. II
MUS 181 Applied Music
MUS 113 Convocation, Recital Repertoire
Large ensemble  
Small ensemble  
*** MED 100 Voice Workshop
_______ Math course elective
COM 160, 161, or 162 Communication
HPX 177 Fitness for Life

Sophomore Year
Fall Semester

 
MUS 208 Music Theory III
MUS 210 Sight Singing/Ear Training III
MUS 225 Keyboard Comp. III
MUS 180 Applied Music
MUS 113 Convocation, Recital Repertoire
Large ensemble  
Small ensemble  
*ED 206 Intro to Education
MUS 230 Music History & Lit. I
*** MED 103 Brass Workshop
*HPX 215 Health Issues in School
HIS 101 American Perspectives

Spring Semester

 
MUS 209 Music Theory IV
MUS 211 Sight singing/Ear training IV
MUS 226 Keyboard Comp. IV
MUS 181 Applied Music
MUS 113 Convocation, Recital Repertoire
Large ensemble  
Small ensemble  
MUS 231 Music History & Lit. II
*** MED 110 Percussion Workshop
*EPY 204 Adolescent Development
_______ Lab science course elective

Junior Year (Professional Program—Part I)
Fall Semester

MUS 318 Music Technology
MUS 317 Form & Analysis
*** MED 102 Woodwinds: Single Reed
MUS 320 Basic Conducting
MUS 390 Applied Music
MUS 113 Convocation, Recital Repertoire
Large ensemble  
Small ensemble  
_______ Social and behavioral science course elective
_______ Humanities course elective

Spring Semester

 
*** MED 108 Woodwinds: Double Reed
**MED 303 Elementary Music Methods
**MED 304 Elementary Professional Development School Experience
MED 316 Arranging
MED 104 World Music in the Classroom
MUS 321 Choral Conducting
  OR
MUS 322 Instrumental Conducting
MUS 391 Applied Music
MUS 113 Convocation, Recital Repertoire
Large ensemble  
Small ensemble  
_______ Social & behavioral science course elective
_______ Computer Science or Math course elective

Senior Year (Professional Program—Part II)
Fall Semester

**EPY 405 Introduction to Special Education
**MED 353 Secondary Music Methods
**MED 354 Secondary Professional Development School Experience
*** MED 105 Strings
MUS 390 Applied Music
MUS 113 Convocation, Recital Repertoire
Large ensemble  
Small ensemble  
_______ Social and behavioral science course elective
MUS 214 Half Recital (optional, but recommended))

Spring Semester

 
**MED 320 Student Teaching
  AND
**MED/ED 340 Assessment of Teaching Strategies
   

*Minimum grade of "B" required.
**Students must have been accepted into the Professional Program to register for these courses.
*** Or other MED workshop course in consultation with adviser.

Special Music Education Requirements:

  1. A minimum grade of “C” is required in each of the following courses for all music education majors.
    MED 100 Voice Workshop
    MED 102 Woodwind Workshop: Flute & Single Reeds
    MED 103 Brass Workshop
    MED 104 World Music in the Classroom
    MED 105 String Workshop
    MED 108 Woodwind Workshop: Double Reeds
    MED 110 Percussion Workshop
    MED 206 Introduction to Music Education
    MED 303 Elementary Music Methods
    MED 304 Elementary Professional Development
    MED 316 Arranging
    MED 353 Secondary Music Methods
    MED 354 Secondary Professional Development School Experience
  2. Apply and meet the criteria for professional program acceptance and present a minimum grade of “C” in each of the following courses:
    Writing Intensive Course (W)
    COM 160, 161 or 162
    HIS 101 American Perspectives
    PSY 100 Intro to Psychology
      Lab Science 4 SH
  3. Apply and meet the criteria for professional program acceptance and present a minimum grade of “B” in each of the following courses:
    EPY 204 Adolescent Development in the School
    ED 206 Introduction to Education,
    HPX 215 Health Issues in the Schools
  4. Students applying for acceptance into the professional program must have passed the following music courses:
    MUS 108, 109 Music Theory I & II;
    MUS 113, 114 Sight Singing/Ear Training I & II
    MUS 125, 126, 225, 226 Keyboard Competency I, II, III & IV
    MUS 180, 181 Applied Music (4 semesters)
    MUS 208, 209 Music Theory III, IV
    MUS 210, 211 Sight Singing, Ear Training III, IV
    MED 206 (Must be passed with a C or better)
  5. The following deadline dates must be met by students applying for professional teacher education program acceptance.

    fall semester admittance April 1
    spring semester admittance Nov. 1.
  6. During their senior year, students will enter the student teaching phase of the program, at which time all major course requirements must be completed. In order to register for student teaching, music education majors must present at least a 2.8 GPA in their academic and professional major requirements taken at WestConn. Students are advised not to register for other courses or work in other jobs during this semester. A student teaching application, available in the Office of E&EP in Westside 249 and approved by the appropriate music education adviser, must be filed with the chairperson of the E&EP department during the semester just prior to the student teaching semester. The applications must be submitted by noon on April 1 for the following fall semester and noon on Nov. 1 for the spring semester. The student teaching requirement for music consists of two seven and a half week assignments. Music education majors may elect student teaching in the fall or spring of their senior year. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from the schools to which they are assigned for student teaching.
  7. Students earning less than a “P” grade in student teaching may be required to complete additional student teaching and/or course work before receiving a recommendation for graduation and certification. Students must present at least a 2.8 cumulative GPA in academic and professional required courses to graduate as a music education major.
  8. After completing the academic program and successfully completing student teaching, the PRAXIS II examination must be successfully passed. Although not a requirement for graduation, passing scores on the appropriate Praxis II exam are necessary for program completion and subsequent recommendation for certification.

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