Music Education

Professor Jeffrey Magee
2040 Music Building, 1114 West Nevada, Urbana
PH: (217) 333-2620
http://www.music.illinois.edu

For the Degree of Bachelor of Music Education

A minimum of 130 hours of credit is required for graduation. This curriculum prepares its graduates for teaching music in grades kindergarten through twelve. For teacher education requirements applicable to all curricula, see the Council on Teacher Education. Students complete a concentration in instrumental (band or strings), choral, technology, or general music education. 

In order to be recommended for licensure, candidates are required to maintain a UIUC cumulative grade-point average of 2.5, content area (music courses) GPA of 2.75, and professional education course GPA of 3.0 (A=4.0). Candidates should consult the music education handbook, their advisor, or the Council on Teacher Education for a listing of courses used to compute these grade-point averages.

Illinois state law and Council on Teacher Education policy require that all candidates for teacher education programs pass the Illinois Certification Test System Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), or submit a composite ACT+Writing score of 22 (plus a combined English/Writing score of at least 19 for tests prior to September 2015; or ACT writing score of at least 16 for tests taken September 2016 or after), or a composite SAT (mathematics and critical reading) score of 1030 (SAT Writing score of at least 450) before admission. All music education students must earn a grade of C- or better in all music and education courses required for licensure.

General Education and College Orientation 

Orientation to Arts at Illinois
FAA 101Arts at Illinois1
General Education Requirements
Composition I4
Advanced Composition - fulfilled by MUS 2443
Humanities and the Arts - fulfilled by MUS 313 and MUS 3146
Cultural Studies: Western/Comparative Culture(s)3
Cultural Studies: Non-Western Culture(s) - fulfilled by MUS 1333
Cultural Studies: US Minority Culture(s)3
Social and Behavioral Sciences - fulfilled by PSYC 100 and EPSY 201 17
Quantitative Reasoning I and II 26
Natural Sciences and Technology 6
Foreign Language 30-12
Total Hours 442-54

Music Core Coursework

Music Theory and Musicianship
MUS 101Music Theory and Practice I2
MUS 102Music Theory and Practice II2
MUS 201Music Theory and Practice III2
MUS 202Music Theory and Practice IV2
MUS 107Musicianship I2
MUS 108Musicianship II2
MUS 207Musicianship III2
MUS 208Musicianship IV1
Musicology
MUS 110Introd Art Mus: Intl Perspect2
MUS 133Introduction to World Music3
MUS 313The History of Music I3
MUS 314The History of Music II3
Performance Studies
Applied Major Lessons 112
Ensembles 26
MUS 172Grp Instr Pno for Mus Major I 32
MUS 173Grp Instr Pno for Mus Maj II 32
Total Hours48

Professional Education Core Coursework 

MUS 090Seminar in Music Education0
MUS 240Orientation Mus Tchg Lrng K-HS1
MUS 242Elements of Conducting2
MUS 244Social Foundations of Music Ed 13 or 4
or EPS 202 Foundations of Education-ACP
MUS 434Assessment and Evaluation in Music Education3
MUS 439Differentiating Music Instruction3
CI 473Disciplinary Literacy2
EPSY 201Educational Psychology3
EDPR 438Educational Practice in Special Fields 24
EDPR 442Educational Practice in Secondary Education 24

Music Education Core Coursework 

Technique Courses (listed in each concentration area)7-8
MUS 243Introductory Music Ed Tech2
MUS 342Music in Childhood3
MUS 343Music in Adolescence3
MUS 350Music Teaching in Ensemble Settings5

Concentration in Choral Music Education 

Technique Courses Requirements: 7 credit minimum to be selected with advisor, from Lists A and B.
List A: Choose 3 credits (of the 7 total credits for Technique courses) from the list below:
MUS 140String Instrument Class2
MUS 144Supp WW Inst: Clarinet.5
MUS 146Supp WW Inst: Flute.5
MUS 147Supp WW Inst: Oboe.5
MUS 148Supp WW Inst: Saxophone.5
MUS 149Supp WW Inst: Bassoon.5
MUS 151Supp Brass Inst: Trumpet.5
MUS 153Supp Brass Inst: Horn.5
MUS 154Supp Brass Inst: Trombone.5
MUS 155Supp Brass Inst: Euph/Tuba.5
MUS 158Supp Percussion Instruments2
List B: Choose 4 credits (of the 7 total required credits for Technique courses) from the list below:
MUS 174Grp Instr Pno for Mus Maj III 12
MUS 175Grp Instr Pno for Mus Maj IV 12
MUS 180Piano (Secondary Piano Lessons) 12
MUS 181Voice (Secondary Voice Lesson) 22
MUS 252Ethnomusicology Perf Ensembles1
Choral Music Education Specialized Coursework Requirements:
MUS 121Italian Diction1
or MUS 122 German Diction
or MUS 123 French Diction
MUS 330Advanced Choral Conducting I2
MUS 346Choral Methods for Secondary Ensembles2
MUS 348Choral Literature 11

Concentration in General Music Education

Technique Courses Requirements: 8 credit minimum to be selected with advisor, from Lists A and B.
List A: Choose 3 credits (of the 8 total credits for Technique courses) from the list below:
MUS 140String Instrument Class2
MUS 144Supp WW Inst: Clarinet.5
MUS 146Supp WW Inst: Flute.5
MUS 147Supp WW Inst: Oboe.5
MUS 148Supp WW Inst: Saxophone.5
MUS 149Supp WW Inst: Bassoon.5
MUS 151Supp Brass Inst: Trumpet.5
MUS 153Supp Brass Inst: Horn.5
MUS 154Supp Brass Inst: Trombone.5
MUS 155Supp Brass Inst: Euph/Tuba.5
MUS 158Supp Percussion Instruments2
List B: Choose 5 credits (of the 8 total required credits for Technique courses) from the list below:
MUS 121Italian Diction1
or MUS 122 German Diction
or MUS 123 French Diction
MUS 174Grp Instr Pno for Mus Maj III2
MUS 175Grp Instr Pno for Mus Maj IV2
MUS 180Piano (Secondary Piano Lessons)2
MUS 181Voice (Secondary Voice Lessons)2
MUS 252Ethnomusicology Perf Ensembles1
General Music Education Specialized Coursework Requirements:
MUS 433Music Interdisciplinary Curriculum2
MUS 437Popular Music Pedagogy2
MUS 449Teaching Young Singers2

Concentration in Instrumental Music Education

Technique Courses Requirements: Choose a minimum of 8 credits, with advisor, from the list below:
MUS 140String Instrument Class2
MUS 144Supp WW Inst: Clarinet.5
MUS 146Supp WW Inst: Flute.5
MUS 147Supp WW Inst: Oboe.5
MUS 148Supp WW Inst: Saxophone.5
MUS 149Supp WW Inst: Bassoon.5
MUS 151Supp Brass Inst: Trumpet.5
MUS 153Supp Brass Inst: Horn.5
MUS 154Supp Brass Inst: Trombone.5
MUS 155Supp Brass Inst: Euph/Tuba.5
MUS 158Supp Percussion Instruments2
Instrumental Music Education Specialized Coursework Requirements:
MUS 332Advanced Wind Band Conducting and Rehearsal Strategies3
or MUS 333 Cond/Teach Strings-Grp Setting
MUS 344Instrumental Methods for Secondary Ensembles2

Concentration in Music Education Technology

Technique Course Requirements: 8 credit minimum to be selected with advisor, from lists A, B, and C.
List A: Choose 2 credits (of the 8 total requirements for Techniques courses) from the list below:
MUS 404Contemp Compos Techniques2
MUS 407Elect Music Techniques I3
MUS 409Elec Music Techniques II2
MUS 448Computer Music3
MUS 499Proseminar in Music (Section ART)2
THEA 399Undergraduate Group Seminar (Section RS)3
THEA 453Introduction to Theatre Sound3
THEA 454Sound Design I3
List B: Choose 3 credits (of the 8 total required credits for Techniques courses) from the list below:
CI 210Introduction to Digital Learning Environments3
CI 424Child Development & Technology3
CI 437Educational Game Design3
CI 438Comp Prgrmmg and the Classroom3
CI 482Social Learning and Multimedia3
List C: Choose 3 credits (of the 8 total required credits for Techniques courses) from the list below:
ARTS 243Time Arts I3
ARTS 244Interaction I3
CS 105Intro Computing: Non-Tech3
ECE 110Introduction to Electronics3
MUS 140String Instrument Class2
MUS 144Supp WW Inst: Clarinet.5
MUS 146Supp WW Inst: Flute.5
MUS 147Supp WW Inst: Oboe.5
MUS 148Supp WW Inst: Saxophone.5
MUS 149Supp WW Inst: Bassoon.5
MUS 151Supp Brass Inst: Trumpet.5
MUS 153Supp Brass Inst: Horn.5
MUS 154Supp Brass Inst: Trombone.5
MUS 155Supp Brass Inst: Euph/Tuba.5
MUS 158Supp Percussion Instruments2
MUS 121Italian Diction1
or MUS 122 German Diction
or MUS 123 French Diction
MUS 174Grp Instr Pno for Mus Maj III2
MUS 175Grp Instr Pno for Mus Maj IV2
MUS 180Piano2
MUS 181Voice2
MUS 252Ethnomusicology Perf Ensembles1
MUS 446Songwriting2
Music Education Technology Specialized Coursework Requirements:
MUS 199Undergraduate Open Seminar (Section MET)1
MUS 437Popular Music Pedagogy2
MUS 447Advanced Music Ed Technology2

Music Education Electives

Select credits to reach 130 from the following courses, if not taken to satisfy a requirement in one of the above sections:
MUS 106Beginning Composition2
MUS 174Grp Instr Pno for Mus Maj III2
MUS 175Grp Instr Pno for Mus Maj IV2
MUS 252Ethnomusicology Perf Ensembles1
MUS 330Advanced Choral Conducting I2
MUS 331Advanced Choral Conducting II2
MUS 332Advanced Wind Band Conducting and Rehearsal Strategies3
MUS 333Cond/Teach Strings-Grp Setting3
MUS 336Service Learning in Music Education3
MUS 344Instrumental Methods for Secondary Ensembles2
MUS 346Choral Methods for Secondary Ensembles2
MUS 348Choral Literature1
MUS 404Contemp Compos Techniques2
MUS 407Elect Music Techniques I3
MUS 409Elec Music Techniques II2
MUS 433Music Interdisciplinary Curriculum2
MUS 435Jazz Aural Skills I2
MUS 437Popular Music Pedagogy2
MUS 440Marching Band Procedures2
MUS 444Healthy Music Practices2
MUS 446Songwriting2
MUS 447Advanced Music Ed Technology2
MUS 448Computer Music3
MUS 449Teaching Young Singers2
MUS 499Proseminar in Music (Section ART)2
THEA 399Undergraduate Group Seminar (Section RS)3
THEA 453Introduction to Theatre Sound3
THEA 454Sound Design I3