Music Education Major B.M.

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Music Education Major B.M.

Program Overview

What is a Bachelor of Music in music education?

If you’re interested in teaching music in a K-12 setting, our music education degree will start you down the path toward certification. Students demonstrating musical skill and a firm commitment to leading school students to artistic success may qualify for the program. You’ll study music history, theory, analysis and performance, as well as teaching methods and human development. You’ll be able to select an emphasis in vocal or instrumental music. With a degree in music education, you’ll be qualified for your New Hampshire teacher certification in music for grades K-12, which also is accepted in several other states.

Why study music education at UNH?

As a music student at UNH, you’ll engage with nationally and internationally known faculty in the field of music. You’ll be able to engage with the community through programs such as the Summer Youth Music School and through courses where you’ll practice teaching in school classrooms starting in the second year. UNH music education majors boast nearly 100 percent employment or successful admission into graduate schools upon graduation. Our ensembles include touring chamber and choral groups, as well as orchestras and bands that inspire from the stage to the football field.

Potential careers

  • Arts administrator
  • K-12 music teacher
  • Music education program director
  • Music librarian
  • Nonprofit director

Department of Music
Paul Creative Arts Center
30 Academic Way
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH  03824

Phone: (603) 862-2404
Fax: (603) 862-3155
E-mail: music.info@unh.edu

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Curriculum & Requirements

The B.M. music education is the traditional program of choice for students seeking a career as a school music teacher. The bachelor of music degree in music education provides a route to undergraduate certification leading to state of New Hampshire teacher certification in music, grades K-12 (cert. #612.13). New Hampshire also participates in a reciprocal agreement with many other states: the Interstate Certification Compact.

Successful applicants must demonstrate a high degree of musical competence and promise of future growth as a performer. A firm commitment to leading school musicians to artistic success is expected, as is a willingness to acquire the breadth of skills required for K-12 music certification. Continuation in the B.M. music education program is made with the recommendation of the appropriate faculty members and contingent upon personal commitment to the teacher licensure program.

Students interested in a five-year, bachelor/masters degree program typically complete the B.M pre-teaching (described elsewhere) as an undergraduate and apply to the UNH Department of Education for admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching (Secondary) degree program.

Students in music education must maintain an overall minimum 2.8 grade-point average at the time of application for student teaching (February 15 of junior year). Any education course taken for a teacher licensure requirement must be completed with a B- or better.

B.M. music education majors may use MUSI 501 History and Literature of Music (a required core course for the major) to satisfy the Fine and Performing Arts Discovery category requirement. In addition, they may use MUSI 502 History and Literature of Music (a required core course for the major) to satisfy the Inquiry Discovery category requirement, and MUSI 515 Music in World Cultures (a required core course for the major) to satisfy the World Cultures Discovery category requirement.

All bachelor of music students are required to give a public performance during their senior year, which fulfills the Discovery Program capstone requirement:

  • For students in the music education option, a half recital is required.

The four-year bachelor of music in music education curriculum is highly structured due to the number of required courses to complete. In the table below is the list of additional classes required to earn a degree and a certificate to teach. Students may elect a vocal/choral or instrumental emphasis. See curriculum chart for differing requirements.

Bachelor of Music Core Curriculum

MUSI 471
MUSI 472
Theory I
and Theory I
6
MUSI 473
MUSI 474
Ear Training I
and Ear Training I
2
MUSI 475
MUSI 476
Functional Piano I
and Functional Piano I 1
2
MUSI 571
MUSI 572
Theory II
and Theory II
6
MUSI 573
MUSI 574
Ear Training II
and Ear Training II
2
MUSI 575
MUSI 576
Functional Piano II
and Functional Piano II 1
2
MUSI 501
MUSI 502
History and Literature of Music
and History and Literature of Music
6
MUSI 515Music in World Cultures4
MUSI 731Conducting2
Select any course between MUSI 703-MUSI 7153
Select one of the following:3
Counterpoint
Analysis: Form and Structure
Analysis: Form and Structure
Select variable credits of MUSI 541-MUSI 564/MUSI 741-MUSI 764 Performance Study (Applied Lessons)Variable
Select variable credits of MUSI 441-MUSI 464 Performing EnsembleVariable
Total Credits38

Bachelor of Music in Music Education Curriculum

Degree program has final approval from the National Association of Schools of Music.

MUED 741Techniques and Methods in Choral Music2
MUED 745Techniques and Methods in String Instruments2
MUED 747Techniques and Methods in Woodwind Instruments 12-3
MUED 749Techniques and Methods in Brass Instruments2
MUED 751Techniques and Methods in Percussion Instruments2
MUED 755Vocal Pedagogy 21-2
MUED 765Instrumental Music Methods 32
MUED 790Teaching Elementary School Music3
MUED 791Teaching Secondary School Music2
MUSI 520Diction for Singers I 42
MUSI 732Conducting2
MUSI 779Orchestration3
Select 8 credits of MUSI 541-MUSI 564/MUSI 741-MUSI 764 Performance Study (Applied Lessons)8
Select 8 credits of MUSI 441-MUSI 464 Performing Ensemble 58
EDUC 500Exploring Teaching4
EDUC 700Educational Structure and Change4
EDUC 701Human Development and Learning: Educational Psychology4
EDUC 705Contemporary Educational Perspectives4
EDUC 751BEducating Exceptional Learners: Secondary4
EDUC 694Courses in Supervised Teaching8
Total Credits69-71

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