Bachelor of Music Education in Music Education

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In addition to focusing on an instrument or voice, you can complete the Secondary Education Program which leads to certification to teach preschool to grade 12 in the State of Washington. This option requires more than 12 quarters to complete at 15–16 credits per quarter and you are placed in appropriate area K-12 schools for student-teaching experience. A performance audition is required for entrance into this program.

Curriculum & RequirementsMusic Student Handbook

Curriculum & Requirements

Music Education, Bachelor of Music Education (BME)

Admission to the Education program is required, as well as Admission to the Music Department as both are requirements for the BME degree.

Students are prepared for professional careers as music educators in K–12 systems. Students must audition on their primary instrument or voice as part of the admission requirement. 

Notes:

  • the Education department has pre-major prerequisites and Secondary Education Core requirements;
  • it is very important to work with a music education advisor during your freshman year to help you plan your schedule, as many courses are either sequential, offered only in certain years/terms, or have pre-reqs;
  • students in this program are excused from major ensemble participation during the quarter of student teaching;
  • the option requires more than 12 quarters to complete at 15–16 credits per quarter. ​

Grade Requirement for all majors offered by the Music Department: the minimum acceptable grade for any music course required for graduation (including transferred music courses) is ≥C.

Secondary Education students must complete the required Education program prerequisites, the Secondary Education Core and the following courses.
Required Non-Credit Music Components
CONVOCATION AND RECITAL ATTENDANCE
Piano Proficiency (0)
Required Music Courses
MUSC 101
MUSC 102
MUSC 103
MUSIC THEORY I
and MUSIC THEORY II
and MUSIC THEORY III
9
MUSC 104
MUSC 105
MUSC 106
SIGHT SINGING AND AURAL SKILLS
and SIGHT SINGING AND AURAL SKILLS II
and SIGHT SINGING AND AURAL SKILLS III
3
MUSC 121
MUSC 122
PIANO CLASS II FOR MAJORS
and PIANO CLASS III FOR MAJORS
2
MUSC 130VOICE CLASS (Vocal majors take MUSC 320)1
or MUSC 320 DICTION FOR SINGERS I
MUSC 201
MUSC 202
MUSC 203
MUSIC THEORY IV
and MUSIC THEORY V
and MUSIC THEORY VI
9
MUSC 204
MUSC 205
SIGHT SINGING AND AURAL SKILLS IV
and SIGHT SINGING AND AURAL SKILLS V
2
MUSC 244MUSIC TECHNOLOGY2
MUSC 250
MUSC 251
MUSC 252
MUSIC HISTORY AND LITERATURE I
and MUSIC HISTORY AND LITERATURE II
and MUSIC HISTORY AND LITERATURE III
12
MUSC 310
MUSC 312
BASIC CONDUCTING
and ADVANCED CONDUCTING
4
MUSC 357MUSIC IN DIVERSE CULTURES3
MUSC 441MUSIC METHODS FOR ELEMENTARY MUSIC SPECIALISTS3
MUSC 442ALTERNATIVE ENSEMBLE METHODS1
MUSC 445CHORAL METH/MAT SEC SCHOOL2
MUSC 446INSTRUMENTAL METHODS/MATERIALS2
MUSC 447JAZZ ENSEMBLE METHODS/MATERIAL (and one jazz improvisation or jazz ensemble course prior to or concurrent with MUSC 447)2
Note: choose from this list for jazz improvisation or jazz ensemble. MUSC 287, MUSC 288, MUSC 289, MUSE 301, MUSE 302, MUSE 303, MUSE 304, MUSE 305, MUSE 310.1
MUSC 470SENIOR RECITAL1-5
Choose the following–must be repeated 7
STRINGED INSTRUMENT TECHNIQUES (must be taken twice)
WOODWIND INSTRUMENT TECHNIQUES (must be taken twice)
BRASS INSTRUMENT TECHNIQUES (must be taken once)
PERCUSSION INSTRUMENT TECHNIQUES (must be taken once)
Applied Music Requirements–must be repeated12
Note: MUSC 140 through MUSC 440 may serve as substitutions. MUSC 308 must be taken at least twice and MUSC 408 must be taken at least twice.
INSTRUCTION ON INSTRUMENT OR VOICE
INSTRUCTION ON VOICE OR INSTRUMENT
INSTRUCTION ON VOICE OR INSTRUMENT
INSTRUCTION ON INSTRUMENT OR VOICE
Music Ensemble Requirements–must be repeated12
Note: string, wind and percussion majors in music education shall participate in one quarter of a major vocal ensemble. Vocal and piano majors in music education shall participate in one quarter of a major instrumental ensemble.
WIND ENSEMBLE
SYMPHONIC BAND
ORCHESTRA
SYMPHONIC CHOIR
CONCERT CHOIR
Required Senior Capstone/Thesis
MUSC 491MUSIC SENIOR THESIS4
Total Credits94-98

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