BME Four-Year Graduation 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 graduation 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 graduation 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.

First semester (fall)

First semester courses Credit hours
MUS 107 Recital Attendance I0
MUS 103 Theory and Musicianship I3
Applied Music (Lesson)2
Large Ensemble (Band or Orchestra)1
MUS 137 Piano Class I1
MUS 148 Introduction to Music Teaching1
Instrumental Technique Class1
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations2
ENG 110 Writing I3
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics3
Total hours17

Second semester (spring)

Second semester courses Credit hours
MUS 108 Recital Attendance II0
MUS 104 Theory and Musicianship II3
Applied Music (Lesson)2
Large Ensemble (Band or Orchestra)1
MUS 138 Piano Class II1
Instrumental Technique Class1
CIS/CSC 101 - Computers for Learning 2
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology3
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
KIN 210 Healthy Lifestyles: Preventive Approaches3
Total hours18

Third semester (fall)

Third semester courses Credit hours
MUS 207 Recital Attendance III0
MUS 203 Theory and Musicianship III3
Applied Music (Lesson)2
Large Ensemble (Band or Orchestra)1
MUS 237 Piano Class III1
Instrumental Technique Class1
MUS 200 Principles and General Methods of Music Education3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship3
BIO 102 Principles of Biological Science4
Total hours18

Fourth semester (spring)

Fourth semester courses Credit hours
MUS 208 Recital Attendance IV0
MUS 204 Theory and Musicianship IV3
Applied Music (Lesson)2
Large Ensemble (Band or Orchestra)1
Instrumental Technique Class1
MUS 239 Introduction to World Music3
MUS 298 Upper Division Applied Status0
ENG 210 Writing II: Writing Across the Disciplines3
AST 114 Survey of Astronomy4
Total hours17

Fifth semester (fall)

Fifth semester courses Credit hours
MUS 307 Recital Attendance V0
Applied Music (Lesson)2
Large Ensemble (Band or Orchestra)1
Instrumental Technique Class1
MUS 321 Conducting2
MUS 328 Instrumentation2
MUS 340 Adaptive Music for Special Learners2
MUS 345 Music in Western Culture and Society I3
PSY 360 Educational Psychology3
RDG 474 Reading and Writing in the Content Fields2
Total hours18

Sixth semester (spring)

Sixth semester courses Credit hours
MUS 308 Recital Attendance VI0
Applied Music (Lesson)2
Large Ensemble (Band or Orchestra)1
Instrumental Technique Class1
MUS 323 Conducting-Instrumental2
MUS 315 Form and Analysis2
MUS 430 Music in Early Childhood and the Elementary School3
MUS 346 Music in Western Culture and Society II3
HST 121/122 - Survey of U.S. History3
Total hours17

Seventh semester (fall)

Seventh semester courses Credit hours
MUS 407 Recital Attendance VII0
MUS 498 Senior Recital2-4
Large Ensemble (Band or Orchestra)1
Instrumental Technique Class1
MUS 411 Secondary Instrumental Methods and Materials3
MUS 506/539 - Band Admin/String Pedagogy2
EDC 350 School and Society3
SOC 150 Introduction to Society3
THE 101 Introduction to Theatre and Drama Arts3
Total hours18

Eighth semester (spring)

Eighth semester courses Credit hours
MUS 494 Supervised Teaching (Elementary Music K-6)5
MUS 496 Supervised Teaching (Secondary Music 7-12)5
MUS 488 Seminar in Student Teaching2
GEN 499 - Exit Exam0
Total hours12