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.

The Council on Teacher Education policy requires that all candidates for teacher education programs pass the Illinois Licensure Testing 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 2015 or after), or a composite SAT (mathematics and critical reading) score of 1030 (SAT Writing score of at least 450) for tests taken prior to March 5, 2016; or a combined score (evidence-based reading and writing plus mathematics) of at least 1110 and a minimum score of 26 on writing and language tests for tests taken on or after March 5, 2016 before admission. All music education students must earn a grade of C or better in all music and professional education courses required for licensure.

General Education/FAA

FAA 101Arts at Illinois2
Composition I4
Natural Sciences and Technology 6
Cultural Studies: Western Comparative Culture(s)3
Social and Behavioral Sciences - fulfilled by PSYC 100 and EPSY 201 17
Quantitative Reasoning I 23
General Education Requirements met by courses required within the BME:
Advanced Composition - fulfilled by MUS 2443
Humanities and the Arts - fulfilled by MUS 313 and MUS 3146
Cultural Studies: Non-Western Culture(s) - fulfilled by MUS 1333
Foreign Language0-12
Quantitative Reasoning II - fulfilled by MUS 4343
Total Hours 340-52
1

PSYC 100 is prerequisite to EPSY 201, required in all teacher education programs.

2

Quantitative Reasoning I is satisfied by students in the Technology concentration selecting CS 105 as a Technique course or elective.

3

 25-37 of the general education hours are not met by course requirements within the BME; 15 hours of general education requirements are met by courses required by the BME.

Additional hours as needed to total 130

Music Core Coursework

Applied Major (Lessons) 112
Ensembles 26
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 107Aural Skills I2
MUS 108Aural Skills II2
MUS 207Aural Skills III2
MUS 208Aural Skills IV1
MUS 110Introd Art Mus: Intl Perspect2
MUS 133Introduction to World Music3
MUS 313The History of Music I3
MUS 314The History of Music II3
MUS 172Grp Instr Pno for Mus Major I 32
MUS 173Grp Instr Pno for Mus Maj II 32
Total Hours48
1

Enrollment in the applied major is normally expected during the first six semesters, 2 semester hours each. 

2

All music education majors are required to participate in an approved ensemble every semester in residence. 

3

All students must demonstrate keyboard competency by examination when they matriculate or by enrolling in MUS 172 and/or MUS 173. 

Professional Education Core Cousework

MUS 090Seminar in Music Education0
MUS 240Orientation Mus Tchg Lrng K-HS1
MUS 242Elements of Conducting2
MUS 244Social Foundations of Music Ed3 or 4
or EPS 202 Foundations of Education-ACP
MUS 434Assessment/Eval in Music Ed3
or EPS 202 Foundations of Education-ACP
MUS 439Differentiating Music Instruction3
CI 473Disciplinary Literacy2
EPSY 201Educational Psychology3
or EPSY 202 Exploring Cultural Diversity
or EPSY 236 Child Dev in Education
EDPR 438Educational Practice in Special Fields 14
EDPR 442Educational Practice in Secondary Education 14
1

 Student teaching coursework may be taken for 4-8 credits. Eight hours of student teaching apply toward graduation. Enrolling for at least 12 credits is needed to retain full-time status.  You must register for both EDPR 438 and EDPR 442 during the semester of your student teaching.  If public school licensure is not desired, the student selects alternative courses totaling 13 semester hours in consultation with the music education advisor, seven semester hours of which must be from the student's applied major, music theory, or music history. 

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 Ens Settings5

Concentration in Choral Music Education 

Technique Courses Requirements: 7 credit minimum to be selected with advisor from the lists 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
Minimum 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
Specialized Choral Music Education 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 31 + 1
1

Choral students take at least one diction course and secondary piano through MUS 174, or with advisor permission, applied lessons. 

2

Piano students must have at least 4 credits of secondary voice. 

3

MUS 348 (Chorale Literature) is taken twice.

Concentration in General Music Education

Technique Courses Requirements: 8 credit minimum to be selected with advisor from the lists 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
Minimum 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
Specialized General Music Education Coursework Requirements:
MUS 433Music Interdisciplinary Curriculum2
MUS 437Popular Music Pedagogy2
MUS 449Music in Early Childhood2

Concentration in Instrumental Music Education

Technique Courses Requirements: 8 credit minimum to be selected with advisor from the list below:
MUS 140String Instrument Class2
MUS 144Supp WW Inst: Clarinet.5
MUS 146Supp WW Inst: Flute0.5
MUS 147Supp WW Inst: Oboe0.5
MUS 148Supp WW Inst: Saxophone0.5
MUS 149Supp WW Inst: Bassoon0.5
MUS 151Supp Brass Inst: Trumpet0.5
MUS 153Supp Brass Inst: Horn0.5
MUS 154Supp Brass Inst: Trombone0.5
MUS 155Supp Brass Inst: Euph/Tuba0.5
MUS 158Supp Percussion Instruments2
Specialized Instrumental Music Education Coursework Requirements:
MUS 332Advanced Wind Band Conducting and Rehearsal Strategies3
or MUS 333 Cond/Teach Strings-Grp Setting
MUS 344Wind Band Methods for Secondary Ensembles2

Concentration in Music Education Technology

Technique Course Requirements: 8 credit minimum to be selected with advisor from the lists below:
2-5 credits (of the 8 total required credits for Techniques courses) from the list below:
MUS 402Musical Acoustics3
MUS 404Contemp Compos Techniques2
MUS 407Elect Music Techniques I3
MUS 409Elec Music Techniques II 12
MUS 448Computer Music3
MUS 499Proseminar in Music (Section ART)2
THEA 399Undergraduate Group Seminar (Section RS)3
THEA 453Theatre Sound Technology3
THEA 454Sound Design I 23
3-6 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
0-3 credits (of the 8 total required credits for Techniques courses) from the list below:
ARTS 343Time Arts I3
ARTS 344Interaction 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
Specialized Music Education Technology Coursework Requirements:
MUS 199Undergraduate Open Seminar (Section MET)1
MUS 437Popular Music Pedagogy2
MUS 447Advanced Music Ed Technology2
1

MUS 407 must be taken prior to MUS 409.

2

THEA 453 must be taken prior to THEA 454.

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 344Wind Band Methods for Secondary Ensembles2
MUS 346Choral Methods for Secondary Ensembles2
MUS 348Choral Literature1
MUS 402Musical Acoustics3
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 449Music in Early Childhood2
MUS 499Proseminar in Music (Section ART)2
THEA 399Undergraduate Group Seminar (Section RS)3
THEA 453Theatre Sound Technology3
THEA 454Sound Design I3