To be admitted as a pre-major, students must audition for a committee of applied faculty in that student’s major performance area. Students must also have a passing score on the Music Theory Entrance Exam before enrolling in MUS 103. To be fully admitted to the degree program, students must complete the requirements for MUS 104, MUS 298, and the piano proficiency exam.
Students desiring to pursue a major or minor offered by the Department of Music must first audition for a committee of applied faculty in that student’s desired performance area. This audition should take place during the semester prior to or during the first week of enrollment in applied lessons. See Music Department web site for dates. All students will be required to demonstrate, through successful completion of a Music Theory Entrance Exam, a rudimentary ability to relate musical sound to notation and terminology before beginning the theory and ear-training sequence.
Admission to degree program
All majors must apply for formal admission to the degree program. This typically will occur at the end of the sophomore year, and must be completed before the student has finished 75 hours. In order to be admitted to the degree program, students must pass MUS 298, the piano proficiency exam, and have a combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA of at least 2.75 and a GPA of at least 3.00 in Music courses. Students who have not been formally admitted to the degree program will be unable to enroll in 300-level and above applied study. Students must also have a passing score on the Music Theory Entrance Exam before enrolling in MUS 103.
All students must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program and to Supervised Teaching in order to earn this degree. The curriculum for music education leads to the degree of Bachelor of Music Education and carries with it an Initial Professional Certificate (IPC) to teach in the state of Missouri.
- General Education Requirements - see General Education Program and Requirements section of catalog
- Major Requirements (95 hours). Note: A grade of "C" or better is required in all Music courses counted toward the major.
- Music Theory (14 hours): MUS 103(3), 104(3), 203(3), 204(3), 315(2)
- Music History/Literature (9 hours): MUS 239(3), 345(3), 346(3)
- Music Education courses (46 hours): The program outlined below has been designed to provide the preparation of Bachelor of Music Education students and meet the requirements for certification in the secondary schools in Missouri. Note: A grade of "C" or better in each course is required for state certification.
- Introduction to a Career in Music Education (1 hour): MUS 148(1)
- Clinical and Field Experiences in Elementary and Secondary Music Education (3 hours): MUS 200(3)
- Conducting (4 hours): MUS 321(2), 323(2)
- Techniques (7 hours): MUS 131(1), 133(1), 141(1), 142(1), 144(1), 145(1), 146(1)
- Adaptive Music for Special Learners (2 hours): MUS 340(2)
- Band (String) Administration and Materials (3 hours): MUS 506(3) or 539(3)
- Foundations of American Education (3 hours): EDC 350(3)
- Educational Psychology (3 hours): PSY 360(3)
- Reading and Writing in the Content Fields (2 hours): RDG 474(2)
- Secondary Instrumental Methods and Materials (3 hours): MUS 411(3)
- Teaching of Music in the Grades (Elementary Methods) (3 hours): MUS 430(3)
- Student Teaching Seminar (2 hours): MUS 488(2)
- Supervised Teaching (10 hours): MUS 494(5), 496(5). Subject to the standard guidelines for Field Service Experience in the College of Education
- Piano (3 hours – may be waived by examination): MUS 137(1), 138(1), 237(1)
- Instrumentation (2 hours): MUS 328(2)
- Applied Music-Major Instrument: (14 hours), must include MUS 498(2-4)
- Recital Attendance: MUS 107(0), 108(0), 207(0), 208(0), 307(0), 308(0), 407(0)
- Upper Division Applied Status: MUS 298(0)
- Large Ensemble (7 hours) As determined by audition, Full-time students shall be in one of the following instrumental ensembles, in their certification emphasis, each semester, except the supervised teaching semester, until graduation (a minimum of seven hours must show on the completed transcript): MUS 175(1), 275(1), 375(1), 475(1); MUS 176(1), 276(1), 376(1), 476(1). Refer to the Music Major Handbook for a list of large ensembles.
Note: Applied keyboard majors may substitute up to three hours of Accompanying: MUS 192(1), 292(1), 392(1), 492(1). Wind, Brass and Percussion majors must be in a band (except the Community Band, which cannot fulfill the large ensemble requirement) each semester except for the supervised teaching semester. At least two of these semesters must be spent in marching band.
- GPA Graduation Requirement: A grade of "C" or better is required in all Music courses counted toward the major.
- General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements - see General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements section of catalog
- In order to meet Missouri state teacher certification requirements, candidates for the Bachelor of Music Education degree are required to meet the following grade point average requirements: at least a 2.75 GPA on all course work attempted at all colleges attended; at least a 3.00 GPA in the certificate subject area (Music), which includes all courses listed under B; at least a 3.00 GPA in any additional certificate subject area; at least a 3.00 GPA in the music education courses; and no grade lower than a "C" in all music education courses. All GPA requirements include both Missouri State and transfer grades.
- Additionally, students must pass all sections of the Missouri State Board of Education entry examination and successfully complete the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA) as established by the Missouri Board of Education.
All Bachelor of Music Education majors must concentrate in at least one major field of performance and perform a senior recital (MUS 498).
All undergraduate majors in all degrees will be required to take an assessment test in music prior to graduation. This test will be administered at no cost to the student and will not be used for any purpose other than that of assessing departmental programs and courses.
General education program restriction
At most, two Music courses may count toward the General Education Program requirements.
Applied music courses
Amount of credit for each course is determined by the Music Department at registration. All applied music courses may be repeated for credit. Special fees will be assessed for all students except undergraduate music majors and minors (see "Costs and Fees" section of catalog). Applied music courses: MUS 149, 249, 349, 449; 151, 251, 351, 451; 152, 252, 352, 452; 153, 253, 353, 453; 155, 255, 355, 455; 156, 256, 356, 456; 157, 257, 357, 457; 158, 258, 358, 458; 159, 259, 359, 459; 160, 260, 360, 460.
All ensemble courses may be repeated for credit. Only eight hours of ensembles can be counted toward a degree. Ensembles courses: MUS 162, 262, 362, 462; 165, 265, 365, 465; 168, 268, 368, 468; 172, 272, 372, 472; 173, 273, 373, 473; 174, 274, 374, 474; 175, 275, 375, 475; 176, 276, 376, 476; 178, 278, 378, 478; 192, 292, 392, 492; 193, 293, 393, 493; 280, 380, 480.
Diploma in applied music
A diploma recital may be given by Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music Education majors. Based on excellence in performance, this departmental diploma is granted upon recommendation of the Department of Music. It is not granted to those receiving the Bachelor of Music degree since excellence in performance is evident in the awarding of this degree. Contact the department for more information.