B.S. in Music Education
The major in music education is a rigorous professional program that fosters individual growth. Curricular emphasis is placed on critical thinking and creativity, and students gain competency in vocal, instrumental, and general music, pre-K-12. Student teaching practica take place in the junior and senior years.
Degree Requirements for the BS in Music Education
27 courses distributed as follows:
11 core courses in music theory and history:
140, 142, 240, 242 Music Theory I-IV (3 cr. each)
141, 143, 241, 243 Aural Skills I-IV (2 cr. each)
264, 265, 364 Music History I-III (3 cr. each)
Two courses in conducting:
320 Conducting: Choral (3 cr.)
322 Conducting: Instrumental (3 cr.)
One course in world music:
280 Music of the World's Cultures (3 cr.)
12 courses in music education:
100 Introduction to Music Education (3 cr.)
301 Contemporary Trends in Music Education: Elementary (3 cr.)
302 Contemporary Trends in Music Education: Secondary (3 cr.)
221, 222, 223, 224 Keyboard Techniques I-IV (1 cr. each)
(Note: Keyboard proficiency must be attained by the end of the sophomore year.)
225 Brass Methods (2 cr.)
226 Woodwind Methods (2 cr.)
227 Percussion Methods (2 cr.)
228 String Methods (2 cr.)
229 Vocal Methods (2 cr.)
490 Senior Thesis in Music (3 cr.)
7 semesters of the following:
MUPF 302-308 Private lessons on primary instrument/voice (1 cr. each)
MUPF 313, 330, 332 Major performing ensemble (1 cr. each)
Attendance at scheduled Department Convocations
End of semester convocation performance (fall) and departmental jury (spring)
(Note: The sophomore jury serves as a gateway for continuation in the major.)
Attendance at a minimum of 12 concerts, six of which are professional
At least one credit of College Choir (332) for instrumental majors; one credit of College Wind Ensemble (330) or College Chamber Orchestra (313) for vocal majors
Senior Recital (as part of the Senior Thesis; minimum 45 minutes of music)
Descriptions of these courses can be found in the College Catalog.
Education Program Requirements
Please see the College Catalog for required Education courses.
Students are required to complete the NYSED battery of tests in order to be recommended for teacher certification. These include the Liberal Arts and Science Test (LAST), Assessment of Teaching Skills Test (ATS), and Content Specialty Test (CST) in Music.
For more information about the certification process in New York visit the NYSED Office of Teaching Initiatives website or the New York State Teacher Certification Exams website.
Note: Because of the great overlap in requirements for the music education and music majors, no student may be credited with both majors.