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Music Education Major - B.M.
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 471-472||Theory I||6|
|MUSI 473-474||Ear Training I||2|
|*MUSI 475-476||Functional Piano I||2|
|MUSI 571-572||Theory II||6|
|MUSI 573-574||Ear Training II||2|
|MUSI 575-576||Functional Piano II||2|
|**MUSI 501-502||Music History||6|
|***MUSI 515||Music in World Cultures||4|
|MUSI 703-715||Advanced History||3|
|MUSI 771, 781, or 782||Counterpoint or Analysis: Form and Structure||3|
|MUSI 541-564, 741-764||Performance Study (Applied Lessons)||Variable|
|MUSI 441-464||Performing Ensemble||Variable|
|Discovery||University Discovery Program||40|
A maximum of 8 ensemble credits may count toward graduation.
*Students will be given the opportunity to test out of MUSI 475-476 and MUSI 575-576.
**MUSI 501 fulfills the Fine and Performing Arts Discovery requirement.
***MUSI 515 fulfills the World Cultures Discovery requirement.
BM Music Education Curriculum
|MUED 741||Techniques & Methods in Choral Music||2|
|MUED 745||Techniques & Methods in String Instruments||2|
|MUED 747||Techniques & Methods in Woodwind Instruments||2 (vocal) or 3 (instrumental)|
|MUED 749||Techniques & Methods in Brass Instruments||2|
|MUED 751||Techniques & Methods in Percussion Instruments||2|
|MUED 755||Vocal Pedagogy||2 (vocal) or 1 (instrumental)|
|MUED 765||Instrumental Music Methods||2 Instrumental emphasis only|
|MUED 790||Teaching Elementary School Music||3|
|MUED 791||Teaching Secondary School Music||2|
|MUSI 520||Diction I||2 Vocal emphasis only|
|EDUC 500||Exploring Teaching||4|
|EDUC 700||Educational Structure and Change||4|
|EDUC 701||Human Development and Learning:
|EDUC 705||Alternative Perspectives on the
Nature of Education
|EDUC 751B||Educating Exceptional Learners:
|EDUC 694||Student Teaching||8|
A minimum of 128 credits is required for graduation from UNH. All music students must earn grades of C- or better in all required music and music education courses. Any Education course taken for a teacher licensure requirement must be completed with a grade of B- or better.
All bachelor of music students are required to give a public performance during their senior year. For music education students, a half recital is required.
Regarding ensemble requirements for music education students: Of the 8 credits in ensemble performance (MUSI 441-464) required during the course of study, it is expected that at least 4 credits will be from Concert Choir (MUSI 441), Orchestra (MUSI 450), Wind Symphony (MUSI 452), and/or Symphonic Band (MUSI 453). At least 1 credit of performance in a jazz ensemble (MUSI 460 -464), 1 credit of Marching Band (MUSI 454) and/or 1 credit of Opera Workshop (MUSI 448) are highly desirable.
B.M. in music majors may use MUSI 502 (a required course for the major) to satisfy the Inquiry Discovery requirement, and MUSI 515 (a required course for the major) to satisfy the World Cultures Discovery category requirement. Additionally, B.M. music education majors may use MUSI 501 to satisfy the Fine and Performing Arts Discovery category requirement.
Students select Vocal or Instrumental Track options
- Vocal Track
- MUED 747 (Woodwind Techniques) 2 cr
- MUED 755 (Vocal Pedagogy) 2 cr
- MUSI 520 (Diction I) 2 cr
- Instrumental Track
- MUED 747 (Woodwind Techniques) 3 cr
- MUED 765 (Instrumental Methods) 2 cr
- MUED 755 (Vocal Pedagogy) 1 cr
+Degree program has final approval from the National Association of Schools of Music
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