BM in Music Education
This degree program prepares students for careers in PK-12 school-based music teaching. Students completing this course of study are prepared to apply for state teacher certification in Maine and other states. Certification applications must be accompanied by scores from the Praxis I national teacher exam that must be successfully completed during the sophomore year, and the Praxis II exam that must be successfully completed prior to Professional Internship. Students are advised to meet with their advisor if they plan to seek teacher certification in states other than Maine.
As the field of music education requires a broad range of skills and competencies, students are required to complete substantial work in music theory, ear training, musicology, applied music, conducting, chamber music and ensembles, in addition to music education methods courses, field work and teaching internships. The music education curriculum reflects the full range of knowledge and skills required in current practice. All students complete a nearly identical curriculum with adjustments made to reflect the unique requirements of individualized areas of applied study (vocal, instrumental, piano, or guitar) identified during the audition process.
All students are reminded that, in addition to meeting School requirements for a major leading to a baccalaureate degree, they must also meet the University's General Education requirements. The minimum number of credits required for the degree is 120.
|Music CORE 33 credits||Credits|
|Music Theory and Aural Skills (16)|
|MUT 100 Music Theory and Aural Skills 1||4|
|MUT 101 Music Theory and Aural Skills 2||4|
|MUT 200 Music Theory and Aural Skills 3||4|
|MUT 201 Music Theory and Aural Skills 4||4|
|Music History (9)|
|MUH 105 Multi-Cultural Perspectives of American Popular Music and Jazz||3|
|MUH 222 Music History Survey 1||3|
|MUH 223 Music History Survey 2||3|
|Functional Piano (4) (keyboard players have substitute courses; see below)|
|MUS 150 Piano Class 1||1|
|MUS 151 Piano Class 2||1|
|MUS 250 Piano Class 3||1|
|MUS 251 Piano Class 4||1|
|MUE 252 Choral Conducting||2|
|MUE 313 Instrumental Conducting||2|
|Applied Music 14 credits|
|Private Lessons (7 semesters)||14|
|MUP 491 Senior Recital||0|
|MUS 442 Recital Class (7 semesters)||0|
|Ensembles 7 credits (except guitarists: 5.5)|
|See the explanation of division of credits below, by area of applied study|
|Additional requirements for students studying applied voice:|
|Chorale or Chamber Singers (7 semesters)||3.5|
|Concert Band or Orchestra (4 semesters*)||2|
*Note: Students without instrumental experience may substitute MUE 112 Percussion Techniques for one semester of Concert Band or Orchestra. Students are expected to audition for Concert Band or Orchestra each semester and may be placed in the percussion section of either ensemble following successful completion of MUE 112 and successful audition.
|Additional requirements for students studying applied brass, strings, percussion, or woodwinds:|
|Concert Band or Orchestra (7 semesters)||3.5|
|Chorale or Chamber Singers (4 semesters)||2|
|Additional requirements for students studying applied piano:|
|MUS 360 Advanced Keyboard Skills||2|
|MUS 452 Accompanying (2 semesters)||1|
|MUS 372 Pedagogy of the Major Instrument (Piano)||2|
|Chorale or Chamber Singers (minimum of 4 semesters*)||2|
|Concert Band or Orchestra (minimum of 4 semesters*)||2|
|*One additional semester in any ensemble: chorale, chamber singers, concert band or orchestra)|
|Additional requirements for students studying applied guitar:|
|Chorale or Chamber Singers (minimum of 4 semesters)||2*|
|Concert Band or Orchestra (minimum of 4 semesters)||2*|
*Note: Students without instrumental experience may substitute MUE 112 Percussion Techniques for one semester of Concert Band or Orchestra. Students are expected to audition for Concert Band or Orchestra each semester and may be placed in the percussion section of either ensemble following successful completion of MUE 112 and successful audition. Three additional semesters in any ensemble: chorale, chamber singers, concert band, or orchestra.
|Additional Music Courses 42.5 credits|
|MUE 110 ProSeminar I||1|
|MUE 150 ProSeminar II||1|
|MUE 210 ProSeminar III||1|
|MUE 250 ProSeminar IV||1|
|MUE 310 ProSeminar V/Teaching Internship||3|
|MUE 350 ProSeminar VI||1|
|MUE 410 ProSeminar VII||1|
|MUE 450 Professional Internship||8|
|MUE 451 Professional Portfolio ( see above; should count in general education)||4|
|MUE 111 Professional Foundation for Music Education||2|
|MUE 112 Percussion Techniques||1|
|MUE 211 Teaching Creative and Critical Listening PK-12||2|
|MUE 251 Teaching Vocal Music PK-12||3|
|MUE 253 Brass Techniques||1|
|MUE 311 Research and Evaluation in Music Education||2|
|MUE 312 Teaching Instrumental Music PK-12||2|
|MUE 314 Guitar Techniques||1|
|MUE 351 Teaching Improvisation in Music PK-12||2|
|MUE 352 String Techniques||1|
|MUE 353 Woodwind Techniques||1|
|MUE 411 Teaching Music Composition PK-12||2|
|Chamber Music (1 semester)||0.5|
|See Ensembles, above|
|Jazz Ensemble (1 semester)||0.5|
|See Ensembles, above|
|Composer's Ensemble (1 semester)||0.5|
|See Ensembles, above|
|Additional Non-music Courses 6 credits|
|HRD/SBS 200 Multicultural Human Development||3|
|SED 335 Students with Exceptionalities in General Education||3|
Admission to Upper Division in Music Education
Upper division music courses are typically designated by course numbers in the 300 or 400 range.
In order to enroll in upper division music courses, a music student must:
- Earn a grade of C- or better in all MUS courses.*
- Earn a grade of B- or better in all MUE and MUP courses.*
- Earn a Level II on the applied music jury.
- Pass Praxis I.
- Successfully complete EYE (if required), College Writing, and Quantitative Reasoning core courses.
- Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better.
*Note: These standards are in effect for all MUS, MUE, MUH, MUT, and MUP course in both the lower and upper divisions of the program.
In March of the sophomore year students will complete the application for admission to Upper Division. This application and review are part of the advising process within ProSeminar IV. Students who fail to meet the above requirements may not enroll in upper division courses.
Senior recital requirements: Presentation of a solo recital in the senior year (or junior year with special permission). The recital contains 30 minutes of music including at least 25 minutes of solo performance; the remainder may be chamber music. Normally the program will be shared with another MUE senior or MUP junior recital. Programs exceeding 30 minutes of music require the special approval of the faculty. A student may not perform the required recital during the semester of Professional Internship.
The Professional Internship
This is a field-based student teaching experience. Students are placed with music educator mentors on a full-time basis in order to gain multiple guided and independent teaching experiences. In preparation for the Internship, students in music education must:
- Successfully complete all required coursework prior to the Internship;
- Successfully complete all performance juries and the recital prior to the Internship;
- Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or above;
- Submit passing scores on the Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills test (must be completed by the sophomore year);
- Submit passing scores on the Praxis II Music content exam; and
- Submit proof of successful completion of Maine Department of Education required fingerprinting and background check.
The Capstone project for Music Education
This is the Professional Portfolio. The Professional Portfolio provides students with an opportunity to reflect upon their own growth and development in the teaching profession. The portfolio will include materials that demonstrate fulfillment of the USM Teacher Certification Standards. Upon completion, the Professional Portfolio is a document suitable for presentation and future reference.
The Teacher Education Council, comprised of deans, department chairs, faculty, and school representatives from all programs offering initial teacher preparation, is the governing body for program review and evaluation for all initial-level teacher education programs at USM.