Pre-Teaching Major B.M.

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Pre-Teaching Major B.M.

What is the pre-teaching major in music?

If you’re interested in teaching music and would like to obtain a graduate degree, the pre-teaching degree program allows you to complete a Bachelor of Music in music education degree and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in five years of study. After four years of undergraduate music education, you’ll undertake a fifth-year internship and graduate study to complete your Master of Arts and teaching certification. 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.

Why study 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 students 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

Curriculum & Requirements

The B.M. pre-teaching degree is the program of choice for most students seeking a five-year, combined bachelor's and master's degree program that includes certification to teach music in the public schools. Students will complete all of the skill and knowledge content requirements in this undergraduate program leaving a year-long internship and some advanced study in music and education for the fifth year.

Students applying to the Master of Arts in Teaching program need a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.2 or better to ensure admission to the graduate school. Therefore, students typically apply first to UNH as a B.M. music education major and switch to this B.M. pre-teaching degree in their junior or senior year.

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. B.M. in music majors 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. Additionally, B.M. music education and pre-teaching majors may use MUSI 501 History and Literature of Music to satisfy the Fine and Performing Arts 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 pre-teaching option, a half recital is required.

Bachelor of Music Core Curriculum

MUSI 471
MUSI 472
Theory I
and Theory I
MUSI 473
MUSI 474
Ear Training I
and Ear Training I
MUSI 475
MUSI 476
Functional Piano I
and Functional Piano I 1
MUSI 571
MUSI 572
Theory II
and Theory II
MUSI 573
MUSI 574
Ear Training II
and Ear Training II
MUSI 575
MUSI 576
Functional Piano II
and Functional Piano II 1
MUSI 501
MUSI 502
History and Literature of Music
and History and Literature of Music
MUSI 515Music in World Cultures4
MUSI 731Conducting2
Select one of the following:3
Music of the Renaissance
Music of the Baroque
Music of the Classical Period
Music of the Romantic Period
Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries
Art Song
Survey of Opera
Select one of the following:3
Analysis: Form and Structure
Analysis: Form and Structure
Performance Study (Applied Lessons): select from the following coursesVariable
Performing Ensemble: select from the following coursesVariable
Total Credits38

Bachelor of Music Pre-Teaching Curriculum

Degree program has plan 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
Performance Study (Applied Lessons): select from the following courses8
Performing Ensemble: select from the following courses 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
Total Credits61-63

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