Music Education

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
StudyQA ranking:6752 Duration:48 months

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The Department of Music offers an undergraduate program in music education which meets requirements for the National Association Schools of Music (NASM) and state certification in music, grades K-12. Prospective music teachers are required to take coursework that is balanced to offer a broad education, including courses in music, music performance, professional education, and liberal studies. Students are required to complete 40 contact hours in elementary and secondary music education settings during the freshman and sophomore years. The junior and senior years allow the students the opportunity to apply the philosophies, methodologies, and techniques that they have observed and discussed in classes. For four weeks during field experience and sixteen weeks of student teaching, students will observe, assist and teach in a public school setting.

Music Education students are encouraged to join the Pennsylvania Collegiate Music Educators Association (PCMEA). The PCMEA meets monthly, offers workshops and conferences and promotes pre-professional experiences for the music education major.

Requirements for acceptance to the Teacher Certification Programs during the sophomore or junior year may include but also exceed the following: completion of 48 credit hours; minimum GPA requirements for Basic Competency courses, music education program, and cumulative GPA; passing scores on Praxis exams; completion of 40 hours of observations in educational settings; evidence of professional conduct; criminal and child abuse background checks; and a TB test.

The guidelines on admission, professional conduct, and student teaching for this department include and may go beyond those required for the College of Education as a whole. Details are available in the Department of Music or from the student’s advisor. See also the Programs for Certification of Professional School Personnel and the Teacher Education Policy Manual, available in 105 McKay Education Building.

The double majors, BM in Performance/BM in Music Education, the BM in Performance/BM in Music Therapy, the BM in Music Education/BM in Music Therapy are available for students who wish to pursue combined degrees. Please see Chairperson for the semester by semester schedule.

Requirements for the Major - Credits: 61All prospective music education majors must audition with a faculty committee of the Department of Music.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Rolling basis Tuition fee Not specified Start date August 2015 Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Required Music Courses
  • Applied Major (7 credits)
    * see footnote
  • Applied Minor (4 credits)
    * see footnote
  • Ensemble (7 credits)
    * see footnote
  • MUSI 133 - Class Voice Credits: 1
  • instrumental majors only

  • MUSI 134 - Voice Methods Credits: 1
  • MUSI 135 - String Methods Credits: 1
  • MUSI 137 - Functional Guitar for Music Therapy I Credits: 1
  • MUSI 151 - Music Theory and Analysis I Credits: 2
  • MUSI 154 - Musicianship Skills I Credits: 1
  • MUSI 245 - Brass Methods Credits: 1
  • MUSI 246 - Woodwind Methods Credits: 2 - 1 credit beginning Spring 2015
  • MUSI 247 - Percussion Methods Credits: 1
  • MUSI 248 - Woodwind Methods Field Experience Credits: 1
  • MUSI 253 - Music Theory and Analysis II Credits: 2
  • MUSI 254 - Music Theory and Analysis III Credits: 2
  • MUSI 255 - Music Theory and Analysis IV Credits: 2
  • MUSI 256 - Musicianship Skills II Credits: 1
  • MUSI 257 - Musicianship Skills III Credits: 1
  • MUSI 258 - Musicianship Skills IV Credits: 1
  • MUSI 273 - History of Music I Credits: 3
  • MUSI 288 - Music Education for Diverse Learners Credits: 3
  • MUSI 299 - Diction for Singers I Credits: 1
  • voice majors only

  • MUSI 300 - Marching Band Field Charting Credits: 1
  • MUSI 332 - Vocal Conducting Credits: 1
  • MUSI 333 - Instrumental Conducting Credits: 1
  • MUSI 334 - Secondary School Music Credits: 2
  • MUSI 335 - Elementary School Music Methods Credits: 2
  • MUSI 336 - Instrumental Methods Credits: 2
  • MUSI 337 - Instrumental Rehearsal Techniques Credits: 2 - 1 credit in Fall 2015
  • MUSI 339 - Rehearsal Techniques Field Experience Credits: 1
  • MUSI 350 - Computer Technology in Music Credits: 2
  • MUSI 351 - Arranging & Orchestration Credits: 2
  • MUSI 353 - Music Methods Block Field Experience Credits: 1
  • MUSI 360 - Keyboard Improvisation Credits: 1


  • MUSI 361 - Instrumental Improvisation Credits: 1
  • MUSI 373 - History of Music II Credits: 3
  • MUSI 473 - History of Music III Credits: 3

Professional Education - Credits: 24

  • CDEV 248 - Human Development and Education Credits: 3
  • MUSI 455 - Student Teaching - Music Credits: 12
  • SEFE 326 - ELL Strategies and Practice Credits: 3
  • SEFE 342 - Educational Psychology for Diverse Learners Credits: 3
  • SPED 121 - High Incidence Disabilities Credits: 3


* See chairperson of Department of Music for an explanation of this requirement.


Slippery Rock University has a strong commitment to student success, and we thoroughly research the academic background of the students who tend to succeed at SRU. We use this information to establish admission guidelines for first year students (new freshmen). We are seeking students who have attained at least a 3.0 GPA at the time of admission, have demonstrated proficiency in college preparatory coursework, and who have average to above average scores on the SAT or ACT. We will accept either test and use the best scores available. Offers of admission for new freshmen from high school may be made as soon as August following their junior year in high school. High school admitted students are required to submit proof of high school graduation in the form of Official Transcripts upon high school graduation.

In order to apply for admission, the following credentials are required:

  • Official High School Transcripts, including a 12th Grade class schedule if applicable

  • SAT or ACT Scores

  • $30.00 application fee

WAIT LIST: Applicants who do not meet the admission guidelines are still encouraged to apply for admission if they are close to our admission guidelines. Such applicants may be placed on a wait list for admission consideration. Students who are placed on a wait list need to understand it is not the same as being denied admission. Wait list status simply means that an applicant's credentials may require a closer review beyond just the quantitative numbers. Offers of admission will be made to wait listed applicants on regular intervals.

Wait listed applicants should strive to improve their grades and/or test scores and re-submit them to the Office of Admissions as soon as is practical after the next marking period or re-test. Periodic review of the wait list will likely begin in November and offers of admission made on a rolling basis. Our goal is to have most of the wait list offers of admission made in March or April. A final round of wait list offers may be made in mid-May on a space available basis. We encourage students to submit additional information if it improves the academic record.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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