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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2010-2011

College of Liberal Arts


Music Education (MUED)

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The bachelor of music degree program is offered to students who wish to develop their talent in performance, composition, or music education to a high professional level. The music education option provides a route to undergraduate certification.

To be admitted to this B.M. program, students must demonstrate a high degree of musical competence. Selection is made with the recommendation of the appropriate applied faculty member and contingent upon personal commitment to the teacher licensure program.

Students in music education must maintain an overall minimum 2.8 grade-point average at the time of application for student teaching (February 15 of junior year). Techniques and methods courses must include MUED 745 (strings), 747 (woodwinds), 749 (brass), 751 (percussion), 741 (choral), and 765 (instrumental).

All bachelor of music students are required to give a public performance during their senior year, which fulfills the Discovery Program capstone requirement. For music education students, a half recital is required.

The Bachelor of Music program in Music Education leads to State of New Hampshire teacher certification in music, grades K-12 (cert. #612.13). New Hampshire also participates in a reciprocal agreement with many other states, the Interstate Certification Compact.

Students in the Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree program may use a maximum of eight ensemble credits toward graduation. Of the eight credits in ensemble performance (MUSI 441-464) required during the course of study, it is expected that at least four credits will be from Concert Choir (MUSI 441), Symphony (MUSI 450), Wind Symphony (MUSI 452), Symphonic Band (MUSI 453), and/or Concert Band (MUSI 451). At least one credit of performance in a jazz ensemble (MUSI 460) and one credit of Marching Band (MUSI 454) are highly desirable.

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. 

BM Music Education majors may use MUSI 501 (a required core course for the major) to satisfy the Fine and Performing Arts Discovery category requirement.

BM Music Education Curriculum

The four year, Bachelor of Music in Music Education curriculum is highly structured due to the number of required courses to complete. In the table below is the list of all required music, music education, and education classes required to earn a degree and a certificate to teach. The Discovery Program classes required by the University are not included on this list but should be taken into account when planning each semester's schedule.

BM Music Education Curriculum

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
MUED   741   Techniques & Methods in Choral Music   2  
MUED   745   Techniques & Methods in String Instruments   2  
MUED   747   Techniques & Methods in Woodwind Instruments   3  
MUED   749   Techniques & Methods in Brass Instruments   2  
MUED   751   Techniques & Methods in Percussion Instruments   2  
MUED   765   Instrumental Music Methods   2  
MUED   790   Teaching Elementary School Music   2  
MUED   791   Teaching Secondary School Music   2  
MUSI   471-472   Theory I   6 total  
MUSI   473-474   Ear Training I   2 total  
*MUSI   475-476   Functional Piano I   2 total  
MUSI   571-572   Theory II   6 total  
MUSI   573-574   Ear Training II   2 total  
*MUSI   575-576   Functional Piano II   2 total  
MUSI   501-502   History & Literature of Music   6 total  
MUSI   731-732   Conducting   4 total  
MUSI   703-715   Advanced Music History   3  
MUSI   771, 781, or 782   Counterpoint or Analysis: Form & Structure   3  
MUSI   779   Orchestration   3  
MUSI   541-564/741-764   Performance Study (Applied Lessons)   8 total  
**MUSI   441, 442, 448, 450-460, 462-464   Ensemble Study   8  
EDUC   500   Exploring Teaching   4  
EDUC   700   Educational Structure & Change   4  
EDUC   701   Human Development & Learning Educational Psychology   4  
EDUC   705   Alternative Perspectives on the Nature of Education   4  
EDUC   751B   Educationg Exceptional Learners: Secondary   4  
EDUC   694   Courses in Supervised Teaching   8  

* Students are given the opportunity to test out of MUSI 475,476, 575, and 576.

** Please refer to the paragraph about ensemble study for music education majors.

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