Music Education Major

Music Education prepares students for a career as a public school teacher in general music, band, choir or orchestra. In addition to earning a Bachelor of Music degree, each student meets the State of Illinois teacher licensure requirements for music teaching in grades K-12. Students who pursue this degree generally seek a teaching position immediately following graduation. State reciprocal programs mean students educated in Illinois are not limited to only pursuing a teaching position within the state.

Music education majors must complete the requirements for one of the following concentrations: Instrumental, Piano, Vocal.

Teacher Licensure

Music students desiring to teach in the public schools must complete the BM degree with a major in music education and the requirements for teacher licensure. Consult the College of Education and Health Sciences section of the catalog for specific requirements. Students will be assigned an advisor in music and in the Department of Teacher Education. Regular consultation with both advisors is extremely important.

TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED: 74 - 77 

Course Sequence

Bachelor of Music Core (44 hours)

  • MUS 001 Recital Lab (each semester)
  • MUS 002 Senior Recital
  • MUS ensembles each semester — 8
  • MUS 161 Music Theory I — 2
  • MUS 162 Music Theory II — 2
  • MUS 163/164 Elementary Ear-Training and Sight-singing — 2
  • MUS 165/166 Keyboard Skills-Class Piano — 4
  • MUS 235 Music in Its Historical Perspective I — 3
  • MUS 236 Music in Its Historical Perspective II — 3
  • MUS 261 Music Theory III — 2
  • MUS 262 Music Theory IV — 2
  • MUS 263/264 Ear-Training and Sight-singing — 2
  • MUS 265/266 Advanced Keyboard Skills-Class Piano — 4
  • MUS 305 Counterpoint or MUS 319 Composition or MUS 405 Theories of Atonal Music — 2
  • MED 321 Conducting I — 2
  • MUS 335 Music in Its Historical Perspective III — 3
  • MUS 336 Music in Its Historical Perspective IV — 3

Professional Education Requirements (40 hours)

  • ETE 100 Technology Applications — 1
  • ETE 115 The History of Education in the United States — 3
  • ETE 116 Field Experience: Schools and Schooling — 1
  • ETE 210 Human Development from Birth to Young Adulthood — 3
  • ETE 211 Human Development from Birth to Young Adulthood and Effective Teaching Field Experience — 1
  • ETE 270 Physical Development and Health — 1
  • ETE 280 Exploring Diversity: Learners, Families and Communities — 3
  • ETE 301 Novice Teaching Experiences in Music Classrooms P-8 — 1
  • ETE 302 Novice Teaching Experience in Secondary Music — 1
  • ETE 310 Teacher Performance Assessment — 1
  • ETE 345 Guiding Learners: Creating Safe Learning Environments — 3
  • ETE 351 Elementary School Music for Music Majors — 3
  • ETE 352 Secondary School Music — 3
  • ETE 365 Teaching Reading Within the Content Areas — 3
  • ETE 493 Student Teaching in K-12 Music — 12

Course sequence information is provided for sample purposes only. Students should consult with their academic advisor about their individual plan for course registration and completion of program requirements.