Music Education Major (B.M.)

Music Education Major (B.M.)

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What is a Bachelor of Music in music education?

Educators inspire and change students’ lives. If you want to teach music in a K-12 setting, the Bachelor of Music in music education degree qualifies you for certification in New Hampshire and neighboring states in only four years’ time. Students demonstrating musical skill and a firm commitment to leading school students to artistic success may be admitted to this program. You’ll study music performance, theory, analysis and history, as well as teaching methods and human development. You’ll be able to select an emphasis in vocal or instrumental music. Come prepare yourself to share your love of music through teaching!

Why study music education at UNH?

Music education is central to what we do. Approximately two-thirds of our students are music education majors, and all recent graduates who have sought employment as teachers have been successful. At UNH, you’ll work with renowned faculty who had significant careers as K-12 music educators. Your coursework will cover both the theory and practice of teaching, and you’ll gain valuable teaching experience through programs like Summer Youth Music School and the UNH Youth Band and Youth Orchestras. You’ll hone your own personal musicianship through private study, chamber music and some of the best performing ensembles in the region.

Potential Careers

  • Arts nonprofit team member or director
  • K-12 music teacher
  • Music education and outreach director
  • Private lesson instructor
  • Professional performer
  • School music administrator

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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This form is only for prospective students who are not already enrolled at UNH. If you are a current UNH student and interested in this program, please reach out to the contact on this page.


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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 540Recital Attendance0
MUSI 731Conducting2
Select one of the following:3
MUSI 703
Music of the Renaissance
MUSI 705
Music of the Baroque
MUSI 707
Music of the Classical Period
MUSI 709W
Music of the Romantic Period
MUSI 711
Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries
MUSI 713
Art Song
MUSI 715
Survey of Opera
Select one of the following:3
MUSI 771
Counterpoint
MUSI 781W
Analysis: Form and Structure
MUSI #782W
Analysis: Form and Structure
Performance Study (Applied Lessons): select from the following coursesVariable
MUSI 541, MUSI 545, MUSI 546, MUSI 547, MUSI 548, MUSI 549, MUSI 550, MUSI 551, MUSI 552, MUSI 553, MUSI 554, MUSI 555, MUSI 556, MUSI 557, MUSI 558, MUSI 559, MUSI 560, MUSI 561, MUSI 562, MUSI 563, MUSI 564, MUSI 741, MUSI 745, MUSI 746, MUSI 747, MUSI 748, MUSI 749, MUSI 751, MUSI 752, MUSI 753, MUSI 754, MUSI 755, MUSI 756, MUSI 757, MUSI 758, MUSI 759, MUSI 760, MUSI 761, MUSI 762, MUSI 763, MUSI 764
Performing Ensemble: select from the following coursesVariable
MUSI 441, MUSI 442, MUSI 448, MUSI 450, MUSI 451, MUSI 452, MUSI 453, MUSI 454, MUSI 455, MUSI 456, MUSI 457, MUSI 459, MUSI 460, MUSI #461, MUSI 462, MUSI 463, MUSI 464
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 22
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
Performance Study (Applied Lessons): select from the following courses8
MUSI 541, MUSI 545, MUSI 546, MUSI 547, MUSI 548, MUSI 549, MUSI 550, MUSI 551, MUSI 552, MUSI 553, MUSI 554, MUSI 555, MUSI 556, MUSI 557, MUSI 558, MUSI 559, MUSI 560, MUSI 561, MUSI 562, MUSI 563, MUSI 564, MUSI 741, MUSI 745, MUSI 746, MUSI 747, MUSI 748, MUSI 749, MUSI 751, MUSI 752, MUSI 753, MUSI 754, MUSI 755, MUSI 756, MUSI 757, MUSI 758, MUSI 759, MUSI 760, MUSI 761, MUSI 762, MUSI 763, MUSI 764
Performing Ensemble: select from the following courses 58
MUSI 441, MUSI 442, MUSI 448, MUSI 450, MUSI 451, MUSI 452, MUSI 453, MUSI 454, MUSI 455, MUSI 456, MUSI 457, MUSI 459, MUSI 460, MUSI #461, MUSI 462, MUSI 463, MUSI 464
EDUC 500Exploring Teaching4
EDUC 605Educational Perspectives in Critical Times4
EDUC 701Human Development & Learning: Cultural Perspectives4
EDUC 751BMethods of Inclusive Secondary Education: Literacies, Learning, and Transitions4
EDUC 694Courses in Supervised Teaching8
Total Credits66-67

Junior Standing in Music Education

Recognition of adequate completion of fundamental academic and musical competencies shall earn students declared for the Bachelor of Music: Music Education the title Junior Standing. Students will not receive permission to register for the upper-level music education methods courses (MUED 765, MUED 790, MUED 791) without such recognition. Two of the steps required for recognition are the submission of passing scores on the PRAXIS: Core Academic Skills for Educators tests (scores will be sent directly to the Department of Education) and clearance of the Criminal Background Check as conducted by the State of New Hampshire Department of Safety. Results will be sent directly to the music education coordinator in the Department of Music. There is a charge for each of these steps assessed by the providers. Current students may follow the catalog corresponding to their matriculation year or follow the proposed changes.

Junior Standing Requirements

  1. Criminal Background Check
  2. Academic Standing
    1. 2.8 overall grade point average
    2. Pass PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators Test
  3. Aural Skills: Complete MUSI 574 Ear Training II with a grade of C- or better and a departmental followup assessment
  4. Music Performance Skills
    1. Pass Sophomore Performance Jury with a grade of C- or better
    2. Perform for at least 3 semesters as a regular member of at least one of the designated core ensembles
    3. Complete MUSI 576 Functional Piano II with a C- or better and a departmental followup assessment
  5. Complete EDUC 500 Exploring Teaching and a departmental followup assessment
  • Students will exhibit the skills necessary for artistic expression at the highest possible level as defined by their particular area of concentration in solo and small ensemble (not conducted) and large ensemble (conducted) settings.
  • Students will exhibit competency in musicianship and analysis through: their understanding of musical forms and processes aural, verbal and visual analyses skill in performance, academic, pedagogical, and compositional applications rudimentary ability to create derivative or original music.
  • Students will demonstrate familiarity with musical literature from the formal concert repertory and from musical traditions outside of that repertory. Students will demonstrate the ability to place music in historical, cultural, and stylistic contexts.
  • Students will demonstrate collegiate-level skill in the English language and competence in written and oral communication in English.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use technologies current to their area of specialization for professional development and entrepreneurship, and career preparation and promotion.
  • Students demonstrate ability to lead students to increased musical knowledge and advancing musical performance.
  • Students demonstrate knowledge of age-appropriate vocal and instrumental pedagogy.
  • Students demonstrate an understanding of best practices and applicable learning theories in music education.
  • Students demonstrate the ability to prepare classes and rehearsals via score study and lesson planning that includes awareness of needed modifications.
  • Students aurally discern accuracy and expressive elements in student performances.
  • Students demonstrate the ability to assess their pupils’ learning and progress in conjunction with best educational practices.
  • Students are able to assess the success of their own class teaching and rehearsals.

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