Music Education B.M.E. – K-12 Teaching Instrumental Music Emphasis Initial License in Music (K-Grade 12)

College of Performing and Visual Arts

Contact: Mark Montemayor, Ph.D., Head, Music Educ. Area

Location: Frasier Hall 108

Telephone: 970.351.2993

Fax: 970.351.1923

Website: www.arts.unco.edu/music

Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

Assigned advisor is available through the Ursa login; ursa.unco.edu; under Student tab Academic Profile channel and is term specific. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of three parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) Credits

Program Description:

The Bachelor of Music Education degree emphasizes competencies in basic musicianship and professional education and breadth of general studies, with attention to attitudes relating to human considerations and to social, economic and cultural components that give individual communities their identity.

The degree program assists students in becoming broadly based, knowledgeable and skilled school music educators with licensure to teach Music K-12.

Program Admission Requirements:

  • Students planning to major in music are required to submit an application to the School of Music. The music application and appropriate instructions are provided by the Admissions Office upon request, or upon receipt of an Application for Admission that specifically indicates a music major. Auditions are required of all applicants to the School of Music. Information concerning auditions may be requested from the School of Music, University of Northern Colorado, Frasier Hall, Greeley, Colorado 80639, phone 970.351.2993 or at our website http://arts.unco.edu/music/admissions.html
  • Students meeting the general admission requirements of the University may be accepted as undeclared majors. Students will be designated as music majors and accepted by the School of Music after a successful audition.
  • Minimum Proficiencies. Minimum proficiency in music fundamentals and ear training as assessed by the Music Theory Placement Exam to enter MUS 113/114.

Program Requirements:

  • Students with education emphasis should enroll for a half-hour lesson each week for two credits. A half Senior Recital is required.
  • See “Major Musical Organizations”.

Music Education PTEP Requirements

  • Students must enroll in, and satisfactorily complete, these courses each semester in residence (i.e., prior to student teaching): Individual Performance (lessons, on their major instrument or voice), a major musical ensemble, and MUS 100 - Recitals, Concerts, and Productions.
  • Students must pass a formal piano proficiency exam. Each entering student must schedule a conference/audition with the piano faculty to determine proficiency level and recommendations for further study, if any.
  • The required half Senior Recital must be performed during a semester prior to the student teaching semester. Students must meet all music performance and recital attendance requirements listed in the respective studio and/ or area handbooks.
  • Student must demonstrate professional promise as a teacher to the satisfaction of the music education faculty via an interview with the faculty as part of MUS 210 (Introduction to Music Education), and must continue to demonstrate professional growth through satisfactory progress in subsequent coursework.
  • Students admitted to professional teacher education programs are expected to maintain accepted standards of professional behavior in all aspects of their work in their program. The music education faculty will periodically review the suitability of candidates for continuation in the program. Students who do not attain or uphold such standards are subject to academic sanctions at the discretion of the music education faculty, including denial, suspension, probation, or dismissal from the program.
  • Previously-admitted students whose progress in the program is deemed suspect or unacceptable may be required to appear before the music education faculty (individually or collectively) to discuss conditions for their continuance as a professional teacher candidate.

Degree Requirements — 126 Credits

Degree Requirements

1. Required Specified LAC — 9 credits

LAC area 3.a. — Arts

MUS 143Musical Styles and Context

3

MUS 243History of Music I

3

LAC— Electives

MUS 244History of Music II

3

Remaining LAC — 31 credits

See “Liberal Arts Core”.

2. Required Major — 50 credits

Take all of the following courses:

MUS 100Recitals, Concerts and Productions

0

MUS 113Music Theory I

2

MUS 114Aural Skills and Sight Singing I

2

MUS 115Music Theory II

2

MUS 116Aural Skills and Sight Singing II

2

MUS 209Introduction to Music Technology

2

MUS 213Music Theory III

2

MUS 214Aural Skills and Sight Singing III

1

MUS 215Music Theory IV

2

MUS 216Aural Skills and Sight Singing IV

1

MUS 319Instrumental Techniques and Conducting

1

MUS 320Wind Literature, Pedagogy and Conducting

2

MUS 330String Techniques

1

MUS 360Voice Class

1

MUS 361Single Reed and Flute Class

1

MUS 362Double Reed Class

1

MUS 364Brass and Percussion Class

2

MUS 404Jazz Methods and Materials

2

Major Musical Organization

7

Individual Performance

14

NOTES: Two semesters, with a minimum of 4 credits, of 400-level instruction (Individual Performance) are required.

The student must pass an upper-level qualifying examination, determined by the performance area, before he/she may enroll in 400-level instruction. This examination is to be taken by the end of the fourth semester of 200-level instruction. If the student does not pass this examination on the first try, he/she may retake it once in the subsequent semester.

Choose two credits from the following courses: (Wind and Percussion Majors):

MUS 292Marching Band

1

MUS 492Marching Band

1

3. Required PTEP — 36 credits

EDFE 110Application for Initial Admission to PTEP

0

EDFE 120Application for Full Admission to PTEP

0

EDFE 130Application for Student Teaching

0

EDF 370Social Foundations of Education

3

Take EDFE 110 Initial PTEP Application (0) the semester before MUS 210 Introduction to Music Education (1)

Take EDFE 120 Full Admission to PTEP Application (0) the semester before content methods.

Take EDFE 130 Student Teaching Application (0) the semester before student teaching.

Complete one of the following courses, based on preferred teaching level:

PSY 347Educational Psychology for Elementary Teachers

3

PSY 349Educational Psychology for Secondary Teachers

3

Complete the following courses:

EDFE 444Supervised Teaching

1 - 15

EDRD 340Developing Language and Literacy in the Content Areas

3

EDSE 433Exceptional Students in the Regular Classroom

2

EDFE 444: Students will take 11 credits

Complete the following PTEP Methods Courses (14 credits):

MUS 210Introduction to Music Education

1

MUS 310Teaching General Music in Elementary Schools

2

MUS 312Teaching Instrumental Music in Elementary Schools

2

MUS 317Teaching Instrumental Music in Secondary Schools

2

MUS 325Choral Methods and Literature for Elementary and Secondary Schools

1

MUS 331String Pedagogy and Literature for the Instrumental Music Teacher

2

MUS 356Marching Band Techniques

1

MUS 414Contemporary Issues in Music Education

2

MUS 450Seminar in Student Teaching for Music Educators

1

  • Candidates must pass the Praxis or Place test prior to Student Teaching.
  • Candidates may not take extra courses with Student Teaching without prior approval from the Program Coordinator and the STE Director.
  • All PTEP Field Experiences and methods courses need to be successfully completed prior to Student Teaching.
  • Student Teaching outside the supervision of UNC Faculty may or may not be approved.
  • Teacher Candidates will not be placed in a school where they were once students or where they have a close relative attending and/or working.