Instrumental Track Program Requirements

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 Program and Requirements
  2. Major Requirements (64-65 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), 323(2)
    4. Secondary Instruments (7 hours): MUS 131(1), 133(1), 141(1), 142(1), 144(1), 145(1), 146(1)
    5. Music Education Elective (1-2 hours): Select from: MUS 135(1), 136(1), 216(2), 219(2), 327(2)
    6. Specialization (3 hours): MUS 506(3) or 539(3)
    7. Piano (3 hours – may be waived by examination): MUS 137(1), 138(1), 237(1)
    8. Instrumental Arranging (2 hours): MUS 328(2)
    9. Applied Music (14 hours): must include MUS 498(2-4)
    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 instrumental ensembles, each semester except the supervised teaching semester, until graduation: MUS 174(1), 374(1); MUS 175(1), 375(1); MUS 176(1), 376(1); MUS 177(1), 377(1). Applied keyboard majors may substitute up to three hours of Accompanying: MUS 192(1), 392(1). All Brass, Woodwind, Percussion, Strings (except guitar) must audition for and play in an assigned instrumental ensemble for seven semesters. Brass, woodwind and percussion students are also required to complete two semesters in Pride Marching Band.
    13. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of MUS 488(2) and 496(5).
  3. Professional Education Requirements (33 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 (3 hours): RDG 474(3)
    7. Secondary Instrumental Methods and Materials (3 hours): MUS 411(3)
    8. Music in Early Childhood and the Elementary School (3 hours): MUS 430(3)
    9. Student Teaching Seminar (2 hours): MUS 488(2)
    10. Supervised Teaching (10 hours): MUS 494(5), 496(5).
  4. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements
  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. Refer to the MEGA website for details.