BME Four-Year Degree Plan: Vocal/Choral

The music education degree, vocal/choral 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 vocal 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
MUS 153 - Voice (Lesson) 2
MUS 137 Piano Class I 1
Ensemble (Choral) 1
MUS 148 Introduction to Music Teaching 1
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
ENG 110 Writing I 3
CIS/CSC 101 - Computers for Learning 2
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
Total hours18

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
MUS 108 Recital Attendance II 0
MUS 104 Theory and Musicianship II 3
MUS 153 - Voice (Lesson) 2
MUS 138 Piano Class II 1
Ensemble (Choral) 1
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 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
MUS 253 - Applied Voice 2
MUS 237 Piano Class III 1
Ensemble (Choral) 1
MUS 200 Principles and General Methods of Music Education 3
MUS 239 Introduction to World Music 3
MUS 294 Singing Diction I 1
THE 101 Introduction to Theatre and Drama Arts 3
Total hours17

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
MUS 208 Recital Attendance IV 0
MUS 204 Theory and Musicianship IV 3
MUS 253 - Applied Voice 2
Ensemble (Choral) 1
MUS 295 Singing Diction II 1
MUS 298 Upper Division Applied Status 0
ENG 210 Writing II: Writing Across the Disciplines 3
SOC 150 Introduction to Society 3
HST 121/122 - Survey of U.S. History 3
Total hours16

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
MUS 307 Recital Attendance V 0
MUS 353 - Applied Voice 2
Ensemble (Choral) 1
MUS 518 Choral Arranging 2
MUS 321 Conducting 2
MUS 340 Adaptive Music for Special Learners 2
MUS 345 Music in Western Culture and Society I 3
BIO 102 Principles of Biological Science 4
Total hours18

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
MUS 308 Recital Attendance VI 0
MUS 353 - Applied Voice 2
Ensemble (Choral) 1
MUS 510 Adolescent and Early Adult Choral/Vocal Literature and Materials for Secondary Levels 3
MUS 322 Conducting-Choral 2
MUS 346 Music in Western Culture and Society II 3
MUS 430 Music in Early Childhood and the Elementary School 3
RDG 474 Reading and Writing in the Content Fields 3
PSY 360 Educational Psychology 3
Total hours18

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
MUS 407 Recital Attendance VII 0
MUS 498 Senior Recital 2-4
Ensemble (Choral) 1
MUS 410 Middle Childhood and Preadolescent Vocal Methods and Materials 3
MUS 315 Form and Analysis 2
MUS 530 Vocal Pedagogy and Materials 3
EDC 350 School and Society 3
AST 114 Survey of Astronomy 4
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