Instrumental 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.

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

Large Ensembles (7 Semesters):

  • MUSC 231 - Wind Ensemble (0-1 credits)
  • MUSC 233 - Orchestra (0-1 credits)
  • MUSC 237 - Clarinet Ensemble (0-1 credits)
  • MUSC 238 - Jazz Ensemble (0-1 credits)

Small Ensembles (2 Semesters):

  • MUSC 237 - Clarinet Ensemble (0-1 credits)
  • MUSC 240 - 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)

Special Studies:

  • MUSC 316 - Woodwind Methods (1 credit)
  • MUSC 317 - Percussion Methods (1 credit)
  • MUSC 318 - Brass Methods (1 credit)
  • MUSC 319 - String Methods (1 credit)
  • MUSC 325 - Basic Instrumental Conducting (2 credits)
  • MUSC 326 - Advanced Instrumental Conducting & Jazz Methods (3 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 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.