College of Education

Music Education/Teaching Major (Grades K-12 Instrumental and Classroom Music and/or Vocal and Classroom Music (BA Traditional)

Two different majors are described below. Students who complete the instrumental track and other state requirements are eligible to apply for a Minnesota teaching license for Instrumental and  K-12 Classroom Music. Students who complete the vocal track and other state requirements are eligible to apply for a Minnesota teaching license for Vocal and K-12 Classroom Music. Students may complete both tracks and be eligible for both licenses

General Education Requirements

All degree seeking undergraduate students must complete the general education requirements.

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts degree consists of a major of typically 32 to 44 credits or two minors, general education courses, and elective courses totaling a minimum of 120 credits.

Prerequisites from General Education
Listening to Life: Global & Popular Music (2)
Introduction to Psychology (4)
Prerequisites: if determined in assessments by music department
Basic Musicianship (2)
Class Piano I (2)
Class Piano II (2)
Piano Proficiency Lab for Music Majors (1)
Beginning Guitar I (1)
Required Content Courses
MUS 201Musicianship I4
MUS 202Musicianship II4
MUS 261Beginning Conducting2
MUS 301Musicianship III4
MUS 302Musicianship IV4
MUS 321Music History I3
MUS 322Music History II3
MUS 323Music History III3
MUS 360String Techniques & Pedagogy1
MUS 361Woodwind Techniques & Pedagogy1
MUS 362Brass Techniques & Pedagogy1
MUS 365Electronic Instruments Techniques & Pedagogy2
MUS 366Vocal Techniques & Pedagogy1
MUS 367Percussion Techniques & Pedagogy1
MUS 444Instrumental Arranging1
MUS 445Choral Arranging1
MUS 840Piano (2 semesters of private piano @ 1 credit each)2
Recital Attendance
Eight programs in portfolio per year, performance audition in February of second year (in first year for transfers) 2
Select Vocal & Classroom track or Instrumental and Classroom track (See requirements below) Students can complete both tracks.
Required Education Courses
Select one of the following options:4-8
ED 201Foundations of and Introduction to Education (+15 hours of HR Activity)3
ED 330Human Diversity and Relations (+15 hours HR Activity)2
ED 336Educational Psychology3
ED 344The Effective Teacher3
ED 371Teaching Practicum2
ED 439The Inclusive Classroom (+15 hours HR Activity)2
ED 470Health Education for Teachers2
ED 472Student Teaching15
ED 487Reading Across the Content Areas (+15 hours HR Activity)3
MUS 356K-6 General Music Teaching Methods2
MUS 3577-12 General Music Teaching Methods2
Select one of the following:
Child Psychology and Development
and Adolescent Psychology (8)
Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology for K-12 Educators (4)
Total Credits81-85


Vocal and Classroom K – 12 Track

MUS 369Art of Accompanying1
MUS 425Choral Literature2
MUS 456Choral Conducting & Methods2
MUS 713Jubilate (7 semesters choral ensemble required)0-7
or MUS 714 Christus Chorus
MUS 860Voice (7 semesters private voice lessons @ 1 credit each)7
Total Credits12-19

Instrumental and Classroom K – 12 Track

MUS 368Jazz Improvisation1
MUS 426Instrumental Literature2
MUS 457Instrumental Conducting & Methods2
MUS 720Concert Band (7 semesters instrumental ensemble required)0-7
or MUS 730 Chamber Ensemble
MUS 8XX7 semesters private instrumental lessons@ 1 credit each7
Total Credits12-19