BME Four-Year Degree Plan: Instrumental

The music education degree, instrumental track, at Missouri State can be completed in four years or a total of eight semesters. However, a four-year degree plan does not take into account dual credit or transfer credit that you may bring upon admission to the University.

Sample schedule

This is a model four-year degree plan for the instrumental option. Your path to graduation may vary slightly based on factors such as college credit you earned while in high school, your choice of a minor or second major, and placement in English.

Check out the course rotation before scheduling your classes.

The following degree plan is based on the general education program instituted in fall 2014. For the previous general education requirements, please access these Student Transition Resources.

First semester (fall)

CoursesHours
MUS 107 Recital Attendance I 0
MUS 103 Theory and Musicianship I 3
Applied Music (Lesson) 2
Large Ensemble (Band or Orchestra) 1
MUS 137 Piano Class I 1
MUS 148 Introduction to Music Teaching 1
Instrumental Technique Class 1
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
ENG 110 Writing I 3
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics 3
Total hours17

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
MUS 108 Recital Attendance II 0
MUS 104 Theory and Musicianship II 3
Applied Music (Lesson) 2
Large Ensemble (Band or Orchestra) 1
MUS 138 Piano Class II 1
Instrumental Technique Class 1
CIS/CSC 101 - Computers for Learning 2
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
KIN 210 Healthy Lifestyles: Preventive Approaches 3
Total hours18

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
MUS 207 Recital Attendance III 0
MUS 203 Theory and Musicianship III 3
Applied Music (Lesson) 2
Large Ensemble (Band or Orchestra) 1
MUS 237 Piano Class III 1
Instrumental Technique Class 1
MUS 200 Principles and General Methods of Music Education 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
BIO 102 Principles of Biological Science 4
Total hours18

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
MUS 208 Recital Attendance IV 0
MUS 204 Theory and Musicianship IV 3
Applied Music (Lesson) 2
Large Ensemble (Band or Orchestra) 1
Instrumental Technique Class 1
MUS 239 Introduction to World Music 3
MUS 298 Upper Division Applied Status 0
ENG 210 Writing II: Writing Across the Disciplines 3
AST 114 Survey of Astronomy 4
Total hours17

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
MUS 307 Recital Attendance V 0
Applied Music (Lesson) 2
Large Ensemble (Band or Orchestra) 1
Instrumental Technique Class 1
MUS 321 Conducting 2
MUS 328 Instrumentation 2
MUS 340 Adaptive Music for Special Learners 2
MUS 345 Music in Western Culture and Society I 3
PSY 360 Educational Psychology 3
RDG 474 Reading and Writing in the Content Fields 3
Total hours18

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
MUS 308 Recital Attendance VI 0
Applied Music (Lesson) 2
Large Ensemble (Band or Orchestra) 1
Instrumental Technique Class 1
MUS 323 Conducting-Instrumental 2
MUS 315 Form and Analysis 2
MUS 430 Music in Early Childhood and the Elementary School 3
MUS 346 Music in Western Culture and Society II 3
HST 121/122 - Survey of U.S. History 3
Total hours17

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
MUS 407 Recital Attendance VII 0
MUS 498 Senior Recital 2-4
Large Ensemble (Band or Orchestra) 1
Instrumental Technique Class 1
MUS 411 Secondary Instrumental Methods and Materials 3
MUS 506/539 - Band Admin/String Pedagogy 2
EDC 350 School and Society 3
SOC 150 Introduction to Society 3
THE 101 Introduction to Theatre and Drama Arts 3
Total hours18

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
MUS 494 Supervised Teaching (Elementary Music K-6) 5
MUS 496 Supervised Teaching (Secondary Music 7-12) 5
MUS 488 Seminar in Student Teaching 2
GEN 499 - Exit Exam 0
Total hours12