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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Music Education

University Park, College of Arts and Architecture (MU ED)

PROFESSOR R.J. DAVID FREGO, Director, School of Music

The Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.) degree is a professional program that helps prepare students for teaching in elementary and secondary schools. Students are expected to meet all requirements for Entrance to Teacher Certification Program in Music, must pass the piano proficiency, complete all music courses, SPLED 400 and SPLED 403A or 403B, prior to student teaching. Graduates of this program are prepared to receive the Pennsylvania Instructional I certificate for teaching music K-12. (See also Teacher Education Programs.)

The goal of the Penn State Music Teacher Education Program is to prepare exemplary music teachers for K-12 music programs. Such individuals can provide outstanding personal and musical models for children and youth and have a firm foundation in pedagogy on which to build music teaching skills. Penn State B.M.E. graduates exhibit excellence in music teaching as personal and musical models as well as emerging pedagogues.

All candidates seeking entrance to the Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.) must meet the following entrance to major criteria:

1. Minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA by the end of the semester prior to ETM semester and at least 48 credits completed by the end of the semester prior to ETM semester.

2. Either qualifying scores from the PECT PAPA for Reading, Writing and Mathematics; qualifying Scholastic Achievement Test scores for the combined and individual Critical Reading, Writing, and Mathematics sections; or qualifying American College Test Plus Writing composite and individual English/Writing score and Math score as specified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

3. Complete 6 credits in quantification (GQ) ("C" or higher required).

4. Complete 3 credits in literature (GH) ("C" or higher required).

5. Complete ENGL 15 or ENGL 30 ("C" or higher required).

6. Complete early field experience ("C" or higher required).
Course List: MUSIC 295A

7. Complete EDPSY 10 and 3 additional credits of the education core ("C" or higher required).
Course List: EDPSY 10, PSYCH 100, HDFS 229, HDFS 239

8. Complete 15 credits of required courses in teaching area ("C" or higher required).
Course List: MUSIC 112, 151, 153, 154, 162, 216, 222, 261, 262, 331.

9. Complete primary level IV on applied instrument ("C" or higher required)

10. Complete and document a minimum of 80 hours of paid or volunteer work with age-appropriate population. At least 40 hours of these age-appropriate 80 hours would be satisfied by working with "under-represented learners."

11. Complete additional requirements: Voice Requirement (MUSIC 116 or VOICE 270), Piano Requirement (MUSIC 270 or KEYBD 270), and Percussion Requirement (MUSIC 152 or PERCN 270) ("C" or higher required).

12. Approval from the professional education adviser or the head of the pertinent certification program.

For the B.M.E., a minimum of 139 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem:1-2)

(10-12 of these credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR. 18 of these credits are required for Entrance to Teacher Certification. See description of General Education in this bulletin.)




REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 104-106 credits[1]
(This includes 10-12 credits of General Education - 6 credits of GS, 1-3 credits of GA, and 3 credits of GH)

MUSIC 40(1), MUSIC 121(1), MUSIC 122(1), MUSIC 131(2), MUSIC 132(2), MUSIC 162 IL(2) (Sem: 1-6)
MUSIC 112(.5), MUSIC 151(1), MUSIC 153(1), MUSIC 154(1), MUSIC 216(.5), MUSIC 221(1), MUSIC 222(1), MUSIC 231(2), MUSIC 261 IL(3), MUSIC 262 IL(3), MUSIC 266(1), MUSIC 295A(1), MUSIC 331(2), MUSIC 366(1) (Sem: 3-4)
CI 280 GH(3), EDPSY 10 GS(3), MUSIC 332(2), MUSIC 340(2), MUSIC 341(2), MUSIC 345(2), MUSIC 395A(1), MUSIC 395B(1), SPLED 400(4) (Sem: 5-6)
MUSIC 101(1) (Sem: 7)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (45-47 credits)
Select 1-3 credits from INART 258A GA(3) or INART 258B GA(1) (Sem: 1-2)
Select 7 credits of ensembles as follows: MUSIC 76(1), MUSIC 77 GA(1), MUSIC 78 GA(1), MUSIC 80 GA(1), MUSIC 81 GA(1), MUSIC 82 GA(1), MUSIC 84 GA(1), MUSIC 86 GA(1), MUSIC 87 GA(1), MUSIC 89 GA(1), MUSIC 90 GA(1), MUSIC 91 GA(1), MUSIC 92 GA(1), MUSIC 93 GA;US;IL(1), MUSIC 94 GA(1), MUSIC 103 GA(1), MUSIC 104 GA(1), MUSIC 190 GA(1), MUSIC 191 GA (1), MUSIC 192 GA(1), MUSIC 193(1), MUSIC 194(1) (Sem: 1-7)
Select 14 credits in applied music through Primary Level VII (Sem: 1-7)
Select 3 credits from HDFS 229 GS(3), HDFS 239 GS(3) or PSYCH 100 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3 credits from SPLED 403A(3) or SPLED 403B(3) (Sem: 6-7)
Select 2 credits from MUSIC 181(2), MUSIC 267(2) (Sem: 5-6)
Select 3 credits from MUSIC 441(3), MUSIC 444(3), MUSIC 445(3), MUSIC 446(3) (Sem: 7)
Select 12 credits from MUSIC 495A, MUSIC 495B, MUSIC 495C, as follows:
- 5 or 7 credits of MUSIC 495A (Sem: 8)
- 5 or 7 credits of MUSIC 495B or MUSIC 495C (Sem: 8)

Select 10 credits for the Individualized Emphasis, an individualized cluster of courses approved in advance by the Music Education Faculty, from an approved department list.

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2014

Blue Sheet Item #: 42-05-012

Review Date: 02/25/2014

UCA Revision #1: 8/9/06

Director name last updated: 01/13/06



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