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Undergraduate Catalog

2014-15 second edition, November 2014

Music-Vocal/Choral

Major(s)

Music-Vocal/Choral (Comprehensive)

Bachelor of Music Education

(Certifiable grades K-12)

Admission and audition requirements

Music degrees are designed to develop the student’s abilities for performance, public school certification for teaching, private teaching, or composition. These degrees also prepare students for graduate study in music.

Students desiring to pursue a BA, BMus, or BME music major or minor 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. 

All music 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 combined (Missouri State and transfer) 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.

Admission to Teacher Education Program

Application to Teacher Education Program is automatic upon completion of MUS 200 and is contingent upon completion of requirements. Admission to the program is required before students are allowed to enroll in additional courses in the professional education component. The criteria below are used to determine admission to the Teacher Education Program

  1. Completion of 45 credit hours.
  2. Combined GPA (Missouri State and transfer) of 2.75 or higher
  3. Combined GPA (Missouri State and transfer) of 3.00 or higher in the major requirements (music content)
  4. Piano proficiency passed
  5. Completion of COM 115, MUS 148, and MUS 200 with a grade of “C” or higher and MUS 298 with a grade of “P”
  6. Passing scores on all five sub-sets of the Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA). Refer to the MoGEA website for details.
  7. Completion of Portfolio Checkpoint One
  8. Approval of Professional Education Committee

Program Requirements

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.

  1. General Education Requirements - see General Education Program and Requirements section of catalog
  2. Major Requirements (59 hours). Note: A grade of "C" or better is required in all Music courses counted toward the major.
    1. Music Theory (14 hours): MUS 103(3), 104(3), 203(3), 204(3), 315(2)
    2. Music History/Literature (9 hours): MUS 239(3), 345(3), 346(3)
    3. Conducting (4 hours): MUS 321(2), 322(2)
    4. Diction (2 hours): MUS 294(1), 295(1)
    5. Guitar for the Music Educator (1 hour): MUS 133(1)
    6. Vocal Pedagogy and Materials (3 hours): MUS 530(3)
    7. Piano (3 hours – may be waived by examination): MUS 137(1), 138(1), 237(1)
    8. Choral Arranging (2 hours): MUS 518(2)
    9. Applied Music (14 hours): MUS 498(2), and 12 additional hours from MUS 153(2), 253(2), 353(2), 453(2)
    10. Recital Attendance: MUS 107(0), 108(0), 207(0), 208(0), 307(0), 308(0), 407(0)
    11. Upper Division Applied Status: MUS 298(0)
    12. Large Ensemble (7 hours): As determined by audition. Full-time students shall be in one of the following vocal 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 162(1), 262(1), 362(1), 462(1); MUS 165(1), 265(1), 365(1), 465(1); MUS 168(1), 268(1), 368(1), 468(1) 
    13. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of MUS 488(2) and 496(5).
  3. Professional Education Requirements (35 hours): Note: A grade of "C" or better in each course is required for state certification.
    1. Introduction to Music Teaching (1 hour): MUS 148(1)
    2. Principles and General Methods of Music Education (3 hours): MUS 200(3)
    3. Adaptive Music for Special Learners (2 hours): MUS 340(2)
    4. Introduction to Multicultural Education and Diversity (3 hours): EDC 345(3)
    5. Educational Psychology (3 hours): PSY 360(3)
    6. Reading and Writing in the Content Fields (2 hours): RDG 474(2)
    7. Music in Early Childhood and the Elementary School (3 hours): MUS 430(3)
    8. Middle Childhood and Preadolescent Vocal Methods and Material: Vocal (3 hours): MUS 410(3)
    9. Adolescent and Early Adult Choral/Vocal Literature and Materials for Secondary Levels: Vocal (3 hours): MUS 510(3)
    10. Student Teaching Seminar (2 hours): MUS 488(2)
    11. Supervised Teaching (10 hours): MUS 494(5), 496(5)
  4. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements - see General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements section of catalog
  5. At least a 3.00 combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA with no grade lower than a "C" in Professional Education Requirements (section C)
  6. At least a 3.00 combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA with no grade lower than a "C" in Major Requirements (section B)
  7. Additionally State Board of Education certification rules require the following:
    1. Completed degree in music education
    2. Attainment of all Missouri Teacher Education Requirements in effect at the time of certification
    3. Successful completion of Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA) as established by the Missouri Board of Education

Assessment

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.

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. Applied music courses: 149, 151, 152, 153, 155, 156, 157, 158, 159, 160, 249, 251, 252, 253, 255, 256, 257, 258, 259, 260, 349, 351, 352, 353, 355, 356, 357, 358, 359, 360, 398, 449, 451, 452, 453, 455, 456, 457, 458, 459, 460, 498, 649, 651, 652, 653, 655, 656, 657, 660, 749, 751, 752, 753, 755, 756, 757, 760, 798

Ensembles

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.

Vocal/Choral or Instrumental Optional Endorsements (Certifiable grades K-12)

Bachelor of Music Education
  1. Vocal/Choral Endorsement for Instrumental Music Major (14 hours). Note: A grade of "C" or better is required in all Music courses counted toward the endorsement.
    1. Applied Voice (4 hours) select from: MUS 153(1), 253(1), 353(1), 453(1) and/or Voice Class (4 hours) select from: MUS 135(1), 136(1), 235(1), 236(1)
    2. Singing Diction (2 hours): MUS 294(2)
    3. Choral Conducting (2 hours): MUS 322(2)
    4. Choral Literature (3 hours): MUS 510(3)
    5. Choral Arranging (2 hours): MUS 518(2)
    6. Large Choral Ensemble (2 hours) select from: MUS 162(1), 262(1), 362(1), 462(1); MUS 165(1), 265(1), 365(1), 465(1); MUS 168(1), 268(1), 368(1), 468(1)
  2. Instrumental Endorsement for Vocal/Choral Music Major (14 hours). Note: A grade of "C" or better is required in all Music courses counted toward the endorsement.
    1. Applied Music-Instrumental (2 hours)
    2. Techniques (6 hours - may be waived by examination) select from: MUS 131(1), 133(1), 139(1), 141(1), 142(1), 144(1), 145(1), 146(1)
    3. Instrumental Conducting (2 hours): MUS 323(2)
    4. Instrumentation (2 hours): MUS 328(2)
    5. Large Instrumental Ensemble (2 hours) select from: MUS 175(1), 275(1), 375(1), 475(1); MUS 176(1), 276(1), 376(1), 476(1)
  3. GPA Graduation Requirement:  A grade of "C" or better is required in all Music courses counted toward the endorsements.