B.M. Music Education

Housed in the School of Music (beginning Fall 2024) 

Core Curriculum Courses
See the Core Curriculum Requirements42
World Music (Creative Arts Requirement: MUS 1315 World Music )
Core Curriculum for All Music Majors
Music requirements
MUS 100Ensemble6
or MUS 300 Jazz Ensemble I
or MUS 300P Percussion Ensemble I
or MUS 300S Chamber Singers
or MUS 300W Wind Ensemble
MUS 1311Theory I 3
MUS 1116Ear Training I 1
MUS 1312Theory II 3
MUS 1117Ear Training II 1
MUS 152Principal Applied8
MUS 2311Theory III 3
MUS 2116Ear Training III1
MUS 2117Ear Training IV1
MUS 2312Theory IV 3
MUS 236Class Piano C1
or MUS 151 Minor Applied
MUS 313Fundamentals of Conducting2
MUS 323Music History: Early-17503
MUS 324Music History: 1750-Present3
MUS 352Principal Applied2
MUS 416Orchestration I2
Emphasis Area Required
MUS 353Junior Recital 1
20 semester hours required in emphasis20
Instrumental Emphasis
Elementary String Class
Voice Class
Clarinet and Saxophone Methods
Flute and Double Reed Methods
High Brass Methods
Low Brass Methods
Percussion Methods I
Percussion Methods II
Music Technology
Instrumental Conducting
Instrumental Literature and Administration
Instrumental Rehearsal Techniques
Music and Movement for Children I
Music & Movement for Children II
Vocal Emphasis
English Diction
Italian Diction
German Diction
French Diction
Instrumental Pedagogy for Vocalists
Vocal Pedagogy
Choral Methods
Choral Conducting
Music and Movement for Children I
Music & Movement for Children II
Music Technology
Professional Development Area Required
21 semester hours required21
Learning Processes and Development
Comprehension and Vocabulary in Middle and High Schools
Teaching Profession
Pedagogy and Classroom Management in Field-based Environments
Technology Infused Curriculum and Assessment in Field-based Environments
Secondary Residency in Teaching
Student Teaching in Field-Based Teacher Education Programs
Total Hours127

Additional Requirements for All Music Majors

All incoming students must audition for acceptance as a music major (BS or BM).  Music Majors must complete Freshmen Success Seminar MUS 110 Freshman Success. In addition, each music major must (1) enroll for a major ensemble each semester until all music degree requirements are met; (2) pass six semesters of recital attendance (MUS 100R Recital); (3) meet the keyboard competency requirement; (4) pass the barrier examination in applied music study, and (5) present one or more public recital(s).

Keyboard Competency Requirement

Requirements for keyboard skills vary according to the major. Instrumental majors may demonstrate keyboard competency through proficiency examination or by completion of MUS 236 Class Piano C. Vocalists must pass two proficiency exams: the first to move from MUS 151 Minor Applied to MUS 351 Minor Applied Music, and the second to complete study at the upper division level (MUS 351 Minor Applied Music). All students must demonstrate keyboard competency before conferral of their degrees.

Applied Barrier Exam Requirement

A barrier exam is required of all music majors to achieve advanced standing on their principal applied instrument before registering for upper division applied study. The examination is administered at the end of the fourth semester of study, but may be taken earlier upon the recommendation of the applied teacher. (Regardless, all students must complete the required total number of semester hours in applied music as specified on the various degree plans.) Students who do not satisfactorily pass the initial exam have, at the discretion of the principal applied professor, one additional long semester to complete the exam requirement. Students who do not satisfactorily pass the second attempt at the barrier exam will be dismissed from the A&M-Commerce music program. Upper division applied credit (MUS 352 Principal Applied) must be completed at A&M-Commerce to be counted toward a music degree.

Recital Performance Requirement

After enrollment in upper division applied study, students must present one or more public recitals. Performance majors must present a junior half (30 min.) recital (MUS 353) and a senior full (60 min.) recital (MUS 453); education majors must present a half recital (30 min.) during their junior or senior year (MUS 353). The applied faculty must approve the scope of the recital.

Prerequisites to Student Teaching in Music 

Prior to student teaching, a music major in the Teacher Education program must be: 

  • Admitted to upper division and complete three semester hours of upper division credit in his/her major applied music area, 
  • Complete the courses in his/her area of emphasis and the required development courses, 
  • Complete the piano requirements (n.b. Piano requirements are designed for three levels of achievement depending on the student's major applied area.), 
  • On campus as a full-time music major either two full semesters or one semester and a full summer session prior to registering for student teaching. 

A grade of "C" or higher must be earned in all courses in this major. 

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