Music Education Degree Requirements

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

Students completing their baccalaureate degree in Music will:

  • Demonstrate technical proficiency and artistry on their primary instrument or voice.
  • Effectively teach music in a variety of areas such as applied instruction, classroom
  • education and ensemble direction.
  • Understand music in depth through the study of music literature, history, theory and research.
  • Enrich their community through music performance, education and/or scholarly activity.

Music Education Majors must complete the BA.MUS requirements, and complete the following courses with a grade of "C" or better:

Complete all of these courses (39 cr):

Code Course Credits

MUS 1080

Global Music

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 1090

Foundations of Music Education

Students will receive an overview of the history of music education both globally and nationally, the leading music learning theorists, and explore issues specific to music education including music assessment, classroom management in an ensemble setting, multiculturalism in music, and music advocacy.

This course counts towards the Aesthetic Understanding Frame of Reference.

Spring

3

MUS 1520

Spartan Marching Band

(1 cr required)

The Spartan Marching Band is comprised of music majors, minors, and non-majors. Students will practice and perform in a uniformed collegiate marching band, as well as learn techniques appropriate to the instrumentation of the ensemble. Enrollment is limited to those with previous musical experience, or instructor’s consent. Activities will include participation in home football contests, various campus events, and possible parades. The Spartan Marching Band may be repeated for credit.

Fee Lab fee $ 50.

Fall

0-1

MUS 2030

Early Field Experience in Music Education

This course is designed to provide music education students with an opportunity to observe teachers and children in the school environment. It should be taken concurrently with MUS 1090. A minimum of 30 hours of field observation, study and participation are required. Pass/No Pass.

Prerequisite: MUS 1090 or concurrent enrollment.

Spring

1

MUS 2060

Introduction to Exceptional Populations in Music Education

This course examines the development and special needs of children and adolescents who have mental retardation, learning disabilities, speech and language disorders, emotional disturbance, physical disabilities, sensory disabilities, intellectual giftedness and talents, or other exceptionalities. The evolution of special education law and its implications for inclusion of exceptional students into music classroom environments is also investigated.

Fall, even years

3

MUS 2110

Vocal Pedagogy

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

Spring, even years

2

MUS 2115

Jazz Pedagogy

The class focuses on the practical and musical aspects of teaching jazz from elementary general music to high school vocal and instrumental jazz ensembles. Subjects studied include the history of jazz, significant performers and composers, vocal and instrumental ensemble setups, rehearsal techniques, repertoire, rhythm section techniques, equipment, recommended recordings, and teaching rationales.

Fall, odd years

2

MUS 3165

Methods of Teaching General Music preK-12

This course includes methodologies for teaching music in the classroom (Orff, Kodaly, and Dalcroze approaches), computer applications, music textbooks, and classroom materials for music education grades preK-12. 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. Classroom meetings are combined with a required minimum of 15 hours of field observation, studies and participation. Observations will take place off campus with classroom music teachers preK-12.

Prerequisite: MUS 1090 or permission of instructor.

Fall, even years

3

MUS 3166

Methods of Teaching Choral Music

This course is designed to facilitate the development of skills, techniques, and professional dispositions that are necessary for choral leadership. Students will develop their philosophy of choral music education, develop score study and preparation skills, develop rehearsal technique and conducting skills, learn how to recruit, audition, and retain singers to/for their programs, understand the placement and seating arrangements of choral ensembles, create a repertoire selection rubric, and develop musical assessment strategies appropriate for choral ensembles. Classroom meetings are combined with a minimum of 8 hours of field observation, studies and participation. Observations will take place on and off campus with ensemble music teachers of grades 5 - 12.

Prerequisite: MUS 1090 or permission of instructor.

Periodically

2

MUS 3250

Assessment of Musical Experiences

This course addresses the unique issues involved in the assessment of general music, choral, and instrumental programs. Students will focus on the assessment of learners as performers, creators, and responders. Specific areas of study will include aural skills testing, auditioning, ensemble adjudication, written measures of assessment, and MENC National Standards for Music Education.

Prerequisite: MUS 3165, MUS 3166, or permission of instructor.

Fall, odd years

3

MUS 3315

Methods of Teaching Instrumental Music

This course is designed to prepare music education majors to lead instrumental ensemble programs in grades 4-12, and to allow experienced directors to refine skills and develop new ideas and strategies. Topics will include rehearsal technique and planning, logistical organization and administration, curriculum development, budget and fundraising, and resource materials. Classroom meetings are combined with a required minimum of 8 hours of field observation.

Prerequisite: MUS 1090 or permission of instructor

Periodically

2

MUS 4610

Seminar in Teaching Music

The seminar prepares the music student for the student teaching experience, supports the student during the experience, and introduces or reviews competencies associated with the role of the professional music educator. Preparation of the teacher licensure portfolio is emphasized. Pass/ No Pass.

Prerequisite: Taken concurrently with student teaching.

Every semester

1

MUS 4720

Senior Recital

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.

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

1

MUS 4871

Directed Student Teaching I

This course is an opportunity for the student to teach under the guidance of a qualified cooperating teacher and university supervisor. Students seeking teacher licensure in pre K-12 Music must apply, qualify, and be admitted to student teaching. This course is taken concurrently with MUS 4872 and MUS 4610.

Prerequisite: Completion of required major courses and GPA, departmental recommendation, professional and intellectual competencies as stated within the application requirements.

Spring

6

MUS 4872

Directed Student Teaching II

This course is an extension of student teaching in music for licensure in pre K-12 Music. This course must be taken concurrently with MUS 4871 and MUS 4610.

Spring

6

And, in consultation with a music education advisor, complete 3 of the following courses (6 cr):

Code Course Credits

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

And complete one of the following courses (3 cr):

Code Course Credits

PSY 1050

Human Growth and Development

A survey of human developmental psychology from the prenatal period to late adulthood. The major focus is on theoretical and practical implications of developmental research for cognitive, personality and social development. Special attention will be given to interactions between maturation and experience.

Every semester

3

PSY 2110

Educational Psychology

An examination of the principles and theories of learning as they apply to the developmental changes of the child. Special emphasis will be placed on how the child learns and ways of producing optimal conditions for childhood learning.

Every semester

3

PSY 3265

Child and Adolescent Development

This course surveys the major areas of the psychology of child and adolescent development, emphasizing an understanding of the important methods, terms, theories, and findings in the field of child development.

This course fulfills the Social and Behavioral Understanding Frame of Reference.

Every semester

3

Credits required for the major: 48 (BM in Music Education) + 49 (BA in Music) = 97 cr

To be accepted into Student Teaching, the student must:

  • Achieve an overall GPA of 3.0; or written certification of intellectual competence by an academic dean.
  • Complete all Music and Music Education coursework; or obtain permission of the supervising music education faculty.
  • Complete the Music Education Application to Student Teach form.
  • Pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills Test for Educators and appropriate Praxis II examinations before teaching.

NOTE: The State of Vermont may require a specific Praxis II music test in the future (currently either of the two music education exams is accepted).

  • Complete a minimum of 60 scheduled hours of field experience through related course work.

NOTE: A student may be denied admission to student teach if, in the professional judgment of the music education faculty, the student does not possess the maturity, judgment, ethical standards, and dedication expected in the teaching profession.

To be recommended for licensure the student must:

  • Complete all university and departmental course requirements.
  • Pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills Test for Educators and the Praxis II examination.
  • Exemplify in conduct and attitude the maturity, judgment, ethical standards, and dedication expected in the teaching profession.
  • Receive a grade of "B" or better in Student Teaching I, II, and Student Teaching Seminar.
  • Complete all coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0

NOTE: A student may be advised to discontinue the student teaching experience at any time if, in the professional judgment of the university supervisor, the director of field experience and cooperating teacher, the student does not possess the attitudes and competencies noted above.

And complete the University's Gen Ed requirements

Click here for General Education Requirements.