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Music Education major at Southwest Baptist University

Degree Requirements

Clubs & Organizations

Related Majors

Questions? Contact

Martha Hicks, D.M.A.
Chair, Department of Music, and Professor of Music
(417) 328-1633
mhicks@sbuniv.edu

Visit the Department of Music website for more information.

Geneva Casebolt
College of Music, Arts and Letters

Exposing children to music fosters their academic, social, and emotional growth.

Southwest Baptist University’s Music Education program trains future music teachers in vocal and instrumental music. Students can choose vocal, instrumental, or a combination of vocal and instrumental music education for public or private school teaching in Grades K-12.

The SBU Advantage

  • Our professors’ backgrounds include previous experience as teachers, church musicians, members of orchestras, composers, arrangers and even working within a recording studio.
  • The SBU Department of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.
  • Nearly 100% of our music major graduates find positions within their field upon graduation.
  • SBU offers more than a dozen performance ensemble opportunities.
  • Our performing groups tour internationally, nationally and regionally.
  • The Department of Music is a close-knit family.

Engaged Learning

Through a variety of choral and instrumental performance groups, students put into practice what they learn in the classroom. These groups perform concerts on campus, and many of them also perform off campus.

Course Information

To receive a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, students must complete 27 hours of Music Core Courses and 13-14 hours of required music courses in addition to the 46 hours of general education and graduation requirements, as well as professional education courses required for secondary education certification.

Education coursework begins during the sophomore year with classes such as Foundations of Education, Educational Psychology, and Technology for Educators, in addition to the first field experience in an area secondary classroom. Junior year education curriculum includes Principles and Methods of Secondary Education, Teaching Reading in the Content Area, and Behavior and Classroom Management, along with another field experience. Senior-level classes focus on preparing the student for the full semester student teaching experience.

Clubs and Organizations

Students in the music education degree area are eligible to join CMENC, the Collegiate Music Educators National Conference.

Performing Groups

The SBU Department of Music has both choral and instrumental performing groups.

Choral and Vocal Studies groups include Chorale, Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Masterworks Chorus, Higher Ground, and Opera Workshop.

Instrumental Studies groups include Wind Symphony, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Clara Fuson String Quartet, Woodwind Ensembles, Brass Ensembles, Percussion Ensemble and Pep Band.

Read more about these groups.

Admission and Scholarships

Admission

In addition to admission to the University, a student pursuing a music degree must be admitted to the department of music. Upon successful completion of an entrance audition, all new students (freshmen and transfer students) are first admitted to the department as pre-music majors. Upon completion of specific courses and evaluation by the music faculty, pre-music majors may be formally admitted into a music degree program.

Repertoire Guidelines

Scholarships

The majority of SBU music students are selected to receive financial assistance through a music performance scholarship in one or more areas (keyboard, vocal and instrumental). Awards are renewable annually.

Requirements for receiving scholarships are listed with each scholarship:

Choral and Instrumental Scholarships

Participate in an assigned role in SBU ensembles.

Keyboard Scholarships

Perform assigned accompanying duties for soloists and/or ensembles in the department.

All Scholarships. Maintain a 2.5 minimum grade point average in all college course work.

SBU Music Scholarship Application

Internship Opportunities

Classroom field experiences begin during a student’s sophomore year and continue throughout the program, culminating with a full semester student teaching experience during the senior year. Field experiences provide students with a variety of experiences to help the student decide what is the best fit. During the student teaching experience, the student will work directly with a cooperating teacher at the school, as well as an SBU faculty member who will supervise the student’s experience.

Graduate and Career Opportunities

A Music Education graduate is eligible for music teaching certification in grades K-12 in Missouri with certification in either instrumental or vocal music. To teach an additional field, the student may add the instrumental endorsement to the vocal certification or the vocal endorsement to the instrumental certification.

Special features

  • Performer's Certificate: Earning this certificate provides concentrated training and performance experiences for students who demonstrate superior performance ability, and it is considered as preparation for graduate school or a performing career.
  • Piano Pedagogy Certificate: Earning this certificate provides piano students with courses in piano teaching, literature and supervised teaching experience as preparation for a career in piano teaching.

Degree Requirements

MUS 1611 Sightsinging/Eartraining I
Training in sightsinging and aural perception.
MUS 1613 Theory I
An intensive study of theoretical concepts of music organization, including notation, melody, rhythm and harmony. Beginning functional keyboard study.
MUS 1621 Sightsinging/Eartraining II
Continuation of MUS 1611.
MUS 1623 Theory II
An historical/analytical study of the theoretical concepts of music through the classical period. Functional keyboard study.
MUS 2611 Sightsinging/Eartraining III
Advanced work in sightsinging and aural perception.
MUS 2613 Theory III
An historical/analytical/compositional study of the theoretical concepts of music of the Romantic period as well as a brief study of counterpoint, fugue and variation techniques.
MUS 2621 Sightsinging/Eartraining IV
Continuation of MUS 2611.
MUS 2623 Theory IV
An historical/analytical/compositional study of theoretical concepts of music from 1890 to present.
MUS 1633 Survey of Music Literature
Survey of representative music literature from all historical periods and the development of analytical listening techniques.
MUS 3653 History of Western Music I
Intensive study of the history of music and representative music literature before 1750.
MUS 3663 History of Western Music II
Intensive study of the history of music and representative music literature since 1750.
MUS 2702 Basic Conducting
Introduction to manual techniques of conducting, terminology for the conductor, mechanics of choral, band and orchestral scores.
MUS 0100 Recital Attendance
Laboratory in music listening and performance. Attendance at a designated number of department-sponsored or approved concerts. Music majors must complete six semesters of this course.
Primary Applied Area (eight semesters, Level IV) for a total of eight hours
Secondary Applied Area for a total of four hours
Senior Recital
MUS 1701 Introduction to Music Education
Introductory overview of the music education curriculum and the profession of the music educator.
MUS 1151 Basic Class Guitar I
Class instruction which covers fundamental concepts and applied methods in guitar. Emphasis will be given to chording, beginning music theory, strumming and finger-picking styles of playing, song-writing and performance techniques as they apply to the guitar.

Instrumental Certification Requirements

MUS 2721 String Fundamentals
An elementary study of string instruments with an emphasis on tone production and fundamental performance techniques. Laboratory teaching experience.
MUS 2731 Woodwinds Methods
An intensive study of woodwind instruments including a survey of solo, ensemble and instructional literature. Emphasis on the ability to play and teach. Laboratory teaching experience.
MUS 2741 Brass Methods
An intensive study of brass instruments including a survey of solo, ensemble and instructional literature. Emphasis on the ability to play and teach. Laboratory teaching experience.
MUS 2751 Percussion Methods
An intensive study of percussion instruments including a survey of solo, ensemble and instructional literature. Emphasis on ability to play and teach. Laboratory teaching experience.
MUS 3622 Orchestration
Study of the capabilities of band and orchestral instruments; analysis of scores; practical work in score for small and large instrumental combinations.
MUS 3722 Instrumental Conducting
Continued work toward mastery of the basic skills of conducting, including score study, score arranging, and baton technique. Emphasis upon the development of band and orchestra rehearsal and performance techniqeus. Survey of stylistic characteristics of the major periods of band literature.
MUS 4732 Marching and Jazz Band Techniques
Study of techniques in the organization, training and performance of marching and jazz bands in public schools. Techniques for music arranging and drill writing will be studies. Laboratory: required field trips to high school rehearsals, parades and contests.
MUS 4742 Repertoire for Secondary Instrumental Music
A study of instrumental music appropriate for use in the secondary school and the criteria for its selection.
MUS 3813 Elementary Music Education
Study of administrative teaching techniques and survey of materials for teaching vocal and instrumental music in early childhood and elementary grades. Examination of musical concepts and skills appropriate at each age or learning level. Training in use of piano, recorder, autoharp and fretted instruments.
EDU 4582 Methods of Teaching Instrumental Music in the Middle and Secondary Schools
Study of philosophy of music education, administrative and teaching techniques and materials for teaching instrumental music in middle and secondary schools. Emphasis will be placed on lesson plans and their implementation.
Two hours of Applied Voice, Concert Choir, or SBU Chorale
Seven hours of Wind Symphony or Chamber Orchestra

Vocal Certification Requirements

MUS 2771 Vocal Diction I
A basic study of the phonetic pronunciation of the Italian and English languages through the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet.
MUS 2781 Vocal Diction II
A basic study of the phonetic pronunciation of the German and French languages through the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet.
MUS 3712 Choral Conducting
Continued work toward mastery of the basic skills of conducting. Emphasis upon the development of choral rehearsal and performance techniques. Survey of stylistic characteristics of the five major periods of choral literature.
MUS 2711 Instrumental Fundamentals
An elementary study of woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments with emphasis on tone production, fundamental performance techniques, and pedagogy.
MUS 2721 String Fundamentals
An elementary study of string instruments with an emphasis on tone production and fundamental performance techniques. Laboratory teaching experience.
MUS 4622 Choral Arranging and Composition
Original composition in idioms of the 20th century, including original pieces suitable for school and church. Emphasis on creative ideas and techniques for choral arranging.
MUS 4712 Choral Techniques
Building the needed understanding, listening skills and expectations for developing a choral ensemble in regard to the aspects which shape choral teaching and performance, which include: vocal pedagogy and choral tone, musicality and performance practice, text and diction, rhytmic vitality, tuning and intonation, and dynamics.
MUS 4722 Repertoire for Secondary Choral Music
A study of choral music appropriate for use in the secondary school and the criteria for its selection.
MUS 3813 Elementary Music Education
Study of administrative teaching techniques and survey of materials for teaching vocal and instrumental music in early childhood and elementary grades. Examination of musical concepts and skills appropriate at each age or learning level. Training in use of piano, recorder, autoharp and fretted instruments.
EDU 4573 Methods of Teaching Vocal Music in the Middle and Secondary Schools
Study of philosophy of music education, administrative and teaching techniques and materials for teaching vocal music in the middle and secondary schools.
Seven hours of Concert Choir or SBU Chorale.