B.M. Music Education

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 Applied3
MUS 416Orchestration I2
Emphasis Area Required
20 semester hours required in emphasis20
Professional Development Area Required
21 semester hours required21
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 and a senior full (60 min.) recital; education majors must present a half recital (30 min.) during their junior or senior year. The applied faculty must approve the scope of the recital.

Music Education (20 sh)

Instrumental Emphasis

MUS 134Elementary String Class1
MUS 139Voice Class1
MUS 161Clarinet and Saxophone Methods1
MUS 162Flute and Double Reed Methods1
MUS 163High Brass Methods1
MUS 164Low Brass Methods1
MUS 165Percussion Methods I1
MUS 166Percussion Methods II1
MUS 310Music Technology3
MUS 414Instrumental Conducting2
MUS 419Instrumental Literature and Administration3
MUS 420Instrumental Rehearsal Techniques2
MUS 450Music and Movement for Children I3
MUS 465Music & Movement for Children II2
Total Hours23

Vocal Emphasis

MUS 143English Diction1
MUS 144Italian Diction1
MUS 145German Diction1
MUS 146French Diction1
MUS 147Instrumental Pedagogy for Vocalists2
MUS 310Music Technology3
MUS 403Vocal Pedagogy2
MUS 410Choral Methods2
MUS 413Choral Conducting2
MUS 450Music and Movement for Children I3
MUS 465Music & Movement for Children II2
MUS 470Choral Literature3
Total Hours23

Professional Development (21 sh)

PSY 300Learning Processes and Development3
RDG 380Comprehension and Vocabulary in Middle and High Schools3
SED 300Teaching Profession3
SED 400Pedagogy and Classroom Management in Field-based Environments3
SED 401Technology Infused Curriculum and Assessment in Field-based Environments3
SED 405Secondary Residency in Teaching3
ELED 452Student Teaching in Field-Based Teacher Education Programs3
Total Hours21

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 professional development courses,
  • complete the piano requirements (n.b. Piano requirements are designed for three levels of achievement depending upon the student’s major applied area.),
  • be on campus as full-time music majors 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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