Choral Education

The B.A. degree in Music Education includes both Choral and Instrumental course sequences. This program is meant specifically for the professional training of K-12 teachers. Both degree sequences are in full compliance with the Minnesota Board of Teaching Licensure requirements, NCATE accreditation, as well as the new National Standards for Arts Education.

Students should consult with their music department faculty advisor prior to registration.

Choral Education Degree Requirements

Core (Common to all Concentrations):

  • MUSC 111 - Comprehensive Musicianship I (3 credits)
  • MUSC 121 - Musicianship Skills I (1 credit)
  • MUSC 112 - Comprehensive Musicianship II (3 credits)
  • MUSC 122 - Musicianship Skills II (1 credit)
  • MUSC 211 - Comprehensive Musicianship III (3 credits)
  • MUSC 221 - Musicianship Skills III (1 credit)
  • MUSC 212 - Comprehensive Musicianship IV (3 credits)
  • MUSC 222 - Musicianship Skills IV (1 credit)
  • MUSC 335 - History of Music I (4 credits)
  • MUSC 336 - History of Music II (4 credits)

Lessons (7 Semesters):

  • MUSC 227 - Applied Voice (for at least first four semesters) (1 credit)
  • MUSC 337 - Applied Voice (upper division lessons; can be taken beginning in fifth semester) (1 credit)
  • MUSC 114 - Secondary Instrument (1 credit)

Ensembles (7 Semesters):

  • MUSC 230 - Symphonic Band (0-1 credits)
  • MUSC 231 - Wind Ensemble (0-1 credits)
  • MUSC 232 - Chamber Choir (0-1 credits)
  • MUSC 233 - Orchestra (0-1 credits)
  • MUSC 234 - Men's Chorus (0-1 credits)
  • MUSC 235 - Women's Choir (0-1 credits)
  • MUSC 237 - Clarinet Ensemble (0-1 credits)
  • MUSC 238 - Jazz Ensemble (0-1 credits)
  • MUSC 239 - All-College Choir (0-1 credits)
  • MUSC 240 - Choral Arts Ensemble, Pit Orchestra, Guitar Ensemble, Jazz Combo, String Chamber Music, Viola Da Gamba Ensemble, Brass Quintet (0-1 credits)
  • MUSC 241 - Saxophone Quartet (0-1 credits)
  • MUSC 242 - Brass Choir (0-1 credits)
  • MUSC 243 - Percussion/Marimba Ensemble (0-1 credits)
  • MUSC 244 - Gregorian Chant Schola (0-1 credits)

Special Studies:

  • MUSC 323 - Choral Techniques I (4 credits)
  • MUSC 324 - Choral Techniques II (4 credits)

Music Major Field Test:

Required for graduation. Students are required, in the spring of their Junior or Senior year, to take a standardized Major Field Test covering Theory & Analysis, Literature, History, and Aural Skills. Students may take the standardized test only after completing the Music History sequence (MUSC 335 & MUSC 336). (0 credits)

Piano Proficiency Exam:

Students must pass the piano proficiency exam to graduate. The purpose of the exam is to ensure that each student can use the piano as a functional tool. Students must demonstrate proficiency in basic sight-reading, clef reading, simple harmonization, and transposition at the keyboard. (0 credits)

Minor in Secondary Education:

Students desiring a K-12 teaching license in vocal or instrumental music must be accepted into the education department to complete a minor in education. See education department listing for requirements of the supporting minor in education. (46 credits)

Important Considerations:

Students pursuing the choral education sequence who do not have voice as their primary area of study must fulfill two levels of voice competencies (distributed by the instructor).

Students in music education may receive special credit towards some core requirements. However, a program in music fulfilling Minnesota state licensure requirements may require a ninth semester, course overloads and/or attendance at summer school. Music Education students should contact the education department regarding requirements.