Music Education- Bachelor of Music

For information, contact the Department of Music, 109 Presser Hall (513-529-3014).

Two programs, both with licensure for age 3 through grade 12, are offered: choral/general program and instrumental music program. Both programs include 100 hours of field experiences in urban, suburban, and rural schools prior to student teaching. With successful completion of all degree requirements, a candidate applies for a State of Ohio Provisional License for Teaching Music, Pre-K through Grade 12. The State of Ohio has reciprocal agreements with many other states, whereby a person holding licensure in Ohio, under certain conditions, may receive licensure in other states that are part of the agreement.

Majors are assigned full-time supervised teaching during fall or spring semester of the senior year. During this semester, a student teacher cannot participate in any ensembles or carry any other academic work except with special permission of the faculty.

Program Requirements: Choral/General Program

(128 semester hours minimum)

  • Complete the Global Miami Plan for Liberal Education or the Honors Miami Plan.
  • Complete department requirements.

All of these:

MUS 101/102 Theory of Music (3, 3)

MUS 112 Lab Choir (1) (enroll for at least two semesters)

MUS 142 Applied Music (2, 2)

MUS 151/152 Sightsinging and Dictation (1, 1)

MUS 175 Introduction to Music Education (3)

MUS 185 The Diverse Worlds of Music (3)*

MUS 201/202 Theory of Music (3, 3)

MUS 211/212 History of Western Music (3, 3)

MUS 221 Music Technologies (3) *

MUS 222 Music Education Technology (1) (taken concurrently with MUS 221)

MUS 235 Lyric Diction (2)

MUS 242 Applied Music (2, 2)

MUS 249 Classroom Instruments: World Percussion/Guitar (1)

MUS 251/252 Sightsinging and Dictation (1, 1)

MUS 275 Sophomore Practicum in Music Education (1)

MUS 342 Applied Music (2, 2)

MUS 351 Choral Techniques (3)

MUS 352 Conducting I (2)

MUS 354 Conducting II (2)

MUS 355 General Music Teaching Techniques: Early Childhood and Elementary (3)

MUS 356 Secondary General Music Techniques (2)

MUS 419 Supervised Teaching in Music (12)

MUS 442 Applied Music (2)

MUS 456 Vocal Pedagogy (2)

MUS 475 Senior Practicum in Music Education (3)

EDP 201 Human Development and Learning in Social and Educational Contexts (3) *

EDL 204 Sociocultural Studies in Education (3) *

EDP 256 Psychology of the Exceptional Learner (3)

EDP 301 Assessment and Evaluation in Educational Settings (3)

* Global Miami Plan Foundation course

  • Functional piano requirement: MUS 261.
  • Minor applied requirement: An applied major in piano or band/orchestral instrument is required to take four hours of class or private voice in addition to major applied study.
  • Seven semesters of recital attendance: MUS 140 (0).
  • One semester of Chamber Music Experience: MUS 139.
  • Large ensemble requirement: Enroll in a large choral ensemble each semester except semester of student teaching. Large choral ensembles are: Collegiate Chorale (MUS 100A), Choraliers (MUS 100D), Chamber Singers (MUS 100Q), and Men’s Glee Club (MUS 100B). When meeting this requirement, students must complete at least 2 semesters in a mixed (SATB) ensemble (i.e., Collegiate Chorale (MUS 100A) or Chamber Singers (MUS 100Q).
  • Piano majors must enroll as a singer in choral ensembles at least 3 semesters.
  • Performance requirement: Half recital in senior year (no credit).
  • Admission to sophomore courses in music education contingent upon fulfillment of the following requirements: minimum overall GPA of 2.25 and minimum GPA of 2.75 in all music courses (including a maximum of one ensemble per semester).
  • Admission to junior courses in music education contingent upon fulfillment of the following requirements: minimum overall GPA of 2.25 and minimum GPA of 2.75 in all music courses (including a maximum of one ensemble per semester).
  • Admission to student teaching contingent upon fulfillment of the following requirements: minimum overall GPA of 2.25, minimum GPA of 2.80 in all music courses (including a maximum of one ensemble per semester), an ACT composite score of 21 or better or total SAT score of 930 or better. (Praxis I scores of 174 in each category may be substituted for SAT or ACT scores); completion of the functional piano requirement; and completion of MUS 351, 352, 354, 355 and 356.
  • Teacher licensure in Ohio and most other states requires completion of a baccalaureate teacher licensure program, passing a licensure examination, and a background check. One semester before the semester you are to graduate, take licensure examination (Praxis II), start background check, and apply for licensure. All costs are the responsibility of the applicant. Details are available in 202 McGuffey Hall.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to see that all university requirements are fulfilled.

Program Requirements: Instrumental Music Program

(128 semester hours minimum)

  • Complete the Global Miami Plan for Liberal Education or the Honors Plan for Liberal Education.
  • Complete department requirements; your fourth year semesters are interchangeable.

All of these:

MUS 101/102 Theory of Music (3, 3)

MUS 111 Lab Band (enroll for at least two semesters) (1, 1)

MUS 142 Applied Music (2, 2)

MUS 151/152 Sightsinging and Dictation (1, 1)

MUS 175 Introduction to Music Education (3)

MUS 185 The Diverse Worlds of Music (3)*

MUS 201/202 Theory of Music (3, 3)

MUS 211/212 History of Western Music (3, 3)

MUS 221 Music Technologies (3)*

MUS 222 Music Education Technology (1) (taken concurrently with MUS 221)

MUS 231 Class Instruments (Brass) (1)

MUS 232A Class Instruments (Woodwinds I) (1)

MUS 232B Class Instruments (Woodwinds II) (1)

MUS 233 Class Instruments (Percussion) (1)**

MUS 234A Class Instruments (Strings I) (1)

MUS 234B Class Instruments (Strings II) (1)

MUS 242 Applied Music (2, 2)

MUS 251/252 Sightsinging and Dictation (1, 1)

MUS 275 Sophomore Practicum in Music Education (1)

MUS 342 Applied Music (2, 2)

MUS 345 Elementary General Music for Instrumental Music Education Majors (1) or

MUS 355 General Music Teaching Techniques: Early Childhood and Elementary (3)

MUS 352 Conducting I (2)

MUS 354 Conducting II (2)

MUS 358 Marching Band Techniques (2)***

MUS 359 Instrumental Methods, Elementary and Secondary (4)

MUS 419 Supervised Teaching in Music (12)

MUS 442 Applied Music (2)

MUS 475 Seminar Practicum in Music Education (3)

EDL 204 Sociocultural Studies in Education (3)*

EDP 201 Human Development and Learning in Social and Educational Contexts (3)*

EDP 256 Psychology of the Exceptional Learner (3)

EDP 301 Assessment and Evaluation in Educational Settings (3)

* Global Miami Plan Foundation course

** Percussion majors substitute one-hour music elective course for MUS 233.

*** String instrument majors substitute MUS 433 String Instrument Pedagogy (1) for MUS 358.

  • Seven semesters of recital attendance requirement: MUS 140.
  • One semester of Chamber Music Experience: MUS 139.
  • Functional piano requirement: MUS 261.
  • Minor applied requirement: An applied major in piano is required to take four hours of private lessons in band or orchestral instrument in addition to major applied study.
  • Large ensemble requirement: Enroll in a large instrumental ensemble, in one's primary performance medium, each semester except semester of student teaching. Large instrumental ensembles are Marching Band (MUS 100E), Symphonic Band (MUS 100F), University Orchestra (MUS 100C), and Wind Ensemble (MUS 100G). Entrance to each group is by audition. Piano majors may fulfill the ensemble requirement through enrollment in a vocal ensemble, an instrumental ensemble, accompanying (MUS 110/120), or chamber music as a pianist.
  • In addition, instrumental music education students must participate in a major choral ensemble for one semester (selected from Collegiate Chorale, MUS 100A; Choraliers, MUS 100D; Chamber Singers, MUS 100Q; and Men’s Glee Club, MUS 100B.) In the event that a student is not selected for one of these ensembles by audition, Lab Choir, MUS 112, will be approved as a course substitution.
  • Performance requirement: Half recital in senior year (no credit) while registered for 400 level applied music.
  • Marching band requirement: Wind and percussion majors must participate two semesters.
  • Admission to sophomore courses in music education contingent upon fulfillment of the following requirements: minimum overall GPA of 2.25 and minimum GPA of 2.75 in all music courses (including a maximum of one ensemble per semester).
  • Admission to junior courses in music education contingent upon fulfillment of the following requirements: minimum overall GPA of 2.25 and minimum GPA of 2.75 in all music courses (including a maximum of one ensemble per semester).
  • Admission to student teaching contingent upon fulfillment of the following requirements: minimum overall GPA of 2.25, minimum GPA of 2.80 in all music courses (including a maximum of one ensemble per semester), an ACT composite score of 21 or better or total SAT score of 930 or better. (Praxis I scores of 174 in each category may be substituted for SAT or ACT scores); completion of the functional piano requirement; and completion of MUS 352, 354, 358 (except for stringed instrument majors), and 359.
  • Teacher licensure in Ohio and most other states requires completion of a baccalaureate teacher licensure program, passing a licensure examination, and a background check. One semester before the semester you are to graduate, take licensure examination (Praxis II), start background check, and apply for licensure. All costs are the responsibility of the applicant. Details are available in 202 McGuffey Hall.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to see that all university requirements are fulfilled.

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