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Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music Education


Degree Requirements Worksheet (pdf)

General Education Curriculum:

  • First-Year Seminar
  • Expository Writing
  • IDS 200
  • One course in Mathematics
  • Science I
  • Cultural Heritage I and II — fulfilled by taking Music 321 and Music 324 or 326
  • Health Dynamics
  • Basic Studies in Religion plus one upper level course in Religion
  • Second Language — one course at the second semester level
  • Social Science — fulfilled by taking Educational Psychology/Field Placement (Ed 220, 221)
  • Senior Seminar (IDS 400-level course)

Basic Musicianship:

  • Concert Attendance, seven semesters (Music 080)
  • Perspectives in Music (Music 102)
  • World Music (Music 104)
  • Theory I, II, III and IV (Music 111, 112, 211, 212)
  • Aural Skills I, II, III and IV (Music 113, 114, 213, 214)
  • Eurhythmics (Music 201, 202)
  • Keyboard Skills (Music 298*)
  • Music Literature Before 1700 (Music 321)
  • History and Literature of the Symphony (Music 324) or History and Literature of Opera (Music 326)
  • Seminar in Music (Music 491)


  • 14 credits in one Applied Music instrument
  • Minimum of 4 credits in ensembles — Students must participate in an ensemble in each of 7 semesters. One semester of ensemble participation for credit must be a vocal ensemble. Wind/percussion majors are also required to enroll in Anchor Band on a secondary instrument for at least one credit
  • Music Education Majors are expected to perform a recital either in the junior or senior year with a minimum of 30 minutes of music. Exceptions may be made on an individual basis and must be approved in advance by the head of the music education in consultation with the Department Chair and studio teacher. A student may not perform his/her recital during student teaching - no exceptions.

Music Education:

  • Elementary Music Methods (Music 300)
  • String Methods (Music 333)
  • Woodwind Methods I and II (Music 336, 340)
  • Brass Methods (Music 339)
  • Percussion Methods (Music 346)
  • Conducting Techniques (Music 345)
  • Advanced Instrumental Conducting (Music 356)
  • Secondary Instrumental Methods and Administration (Music 370)

Professional Education Courses (secondary certification):

  • Foundations of Education
  • Educational Psychology/Field Placement
  • Exceptional Child/Field Placement
  • Secondary Reading
  • Secondary Principles and Methods
  • Perspectives in Education
  • Student Teaching Seminar
  • Student Teaching in the Elementary and Secondary Schools (K-12)

TOTAL CREDITS = 136-137 credits

All students pursuing the Bachelor of Music degree must participate in ensemble work each semester. When the principal instrument is voice or a band/orchestral instrument, the student must enroll in a large ensemble (Music 115, 116, 117, 120, 130, 133, 135, 140, 150) each semester. Music education majors are excused from this requirement during the semester of student teaching. Students whose principal instrument is piano, organ, or guitar must fulfill their ensemble credits through enrollment in any of the large ensembles listed above. During semesters of degree study when they are not enrolled in a large ensemble for credit, they may enroll in Music 160 or fulfill the ensemble participation requirement by accompanying in the Department of Music in conjunction with course requirements for Music 177 or 179.