Music Education Degree Requirements

These requirements are from an excerpt from the University Academic Catalog, which outlines the requirements for a student to earn the distinction of being a Castleton University graduate. The complete catalog is available online.

Music Education majors must:

  • complete the BA.MUS requirements (43 credits)
  • complete the additional Music courses listed below (17 credits)
  • complete the licensure requirements for Music Education majors described below (41 credits)

Additional Music courses (17 cr):

Note that these courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better

Code Course Credits

MUS 1080

Global Music

complete all of these courses (8 cr):

This course is a study of the world's musical cultures. The course is designed for music, music education, and non-music majors looking to develop an understanding of music in our global era.

This course fulfills an Aesthetic Understanding or Social and Behavioral Understanding Frame of Reference.

Fee Fee $20.

Every Semester

3

MUS 2110

Vocal Pedagogy

Tone production, breathing, diction, intonation, and similar vocal problems are explored.

Spring, even years

2

MUS 3165

Methods of Teaching General Music

This course includes methodologies for teaching music in the classroom (Orff, Kodaly, Dalcroze, Gordon and Fieraband approaches), computer applications, music textbooks, and classroom materials for music education (as a special as well as within the general classroom) grades preK-12. Course topics focus on the non-performance music curriculums. Course topics focus on the non-performance music curriculums. This course also includes the study of learning theories appropriate to elementary-aged music students combined with applications in developing practical lesson plans.

Prerequisite: EDU 1012

Fall, even years

3

MUS 4720

Senior Recital

and complete 3 of these courses (6 cr):

A capstone course in which the student synthesizes and publicly demonstrates the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the student's undergraduate study of music. This event will include a public presentation of representative literature in the student's primary applied area, a public lecture discussing this literature, and designing the program booklet and writing scholarly program notes.

Pass/No Pass only

Prerequisite: Fulfillment of all requirements outlined in the Music Department Handbook. Consent of department chair.

0

MUS 2120

String Instrument Teaching Methods

Basic techniques of violin, viola, cello and double bass. Selection and presentation of teaching materials.

Prerequisite: MUS 1231 or concurrent enrollment.

Fee Fee: $30.

Spring, Even Years

2

MUS 2130

Woodwind Instrument Teaching Methods

Description: Basic techniques of flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone and bassoon. Selection and presentation of teaching materials.

Prerequisite: MUS 1231 or concurrent enrollment.

Fee Fee $30.

Fall, Odd Years

2

MUS 2140

Brass Instrument Teaching Methods

Description: Basic techniques of trumpet, horn, trombone and tuba. Selection and presentation of teaching materials.

Prerequisite: MUS 1231 or concurrent enrollment.

Fee Fee: $30.

Spring, Odd Years

2

MUS 2240

Percussion Instrument Teaching Methods

Basic techniques of snare drum, tympani, mallet instruments and other instruments of the percussion battery. Selection and presentation of teaching materials.

Prerequisite: MUS 1231 or concurrent enrollment.

Fee Fee $30.

Fall, Even Years

2

MUS 2031

History of Western Music: Ancient to Baroque

and complete 1 of these courses (whichever was NOT taken as part of the BA.MUS requirements) (3 cr):

A study of the forms and styles of music from medieval chant to the music of Bach. An emphasis is placed on experiencing the music through listening and, where possible, participation.

This course fulfills the Aesthetic Understanding or World Views Frame of Reference.

Prerequisite: MUS 1231, MUS 1232 or consent of instructor.

Fall, odd years

3

MUS 2032

History of Western Music: Classical to Modern

A study of Western music from Mozart and Haydn to the present.

This course fulfills the Aesthetic Understanding or World Views Frame of Reference.

Prerequisite: MUS 1232 or concurrent enrollment.

Spring, even years

3

And complete the Education Department requirements (35 cr):

Choose either Elementary Education Licensure (K-6) or Secondary Education Licensure (7-12) in consultation with your Music Department advisor. Students successfully completing the Music Education program will receive preK-12 Music Education Licensure.

Students may substitute MUS 3166 - Secondary Music Pedagogy-Choral & Instrumental for EDU 3012 EDU 3012 - Secondary Pedagogy

Credits required for the major: 17 (BM in Music Education) + 43 (BA in Music) + 41 (preK-12 licensure in Education)= 101 cr

And complete the University's Gen Ed requirements

Click here for General Education Requirements.