Major in Music Education (B.M.)

Have you always wanted to share your passion for music with others? Would you like to be part of a program that prepares successful music teachers? The mission of UST’s music education program is to raise the standard of music teaching in the United States by promoting artistic, intelligent, reflective and inspired music teaching at all levels of music instruction. Music education students graduate with a K-12 Minnesota teaching license. We are dedicated to helping you become the best and most effective music educator possible.

What can I do with a degree in music education?

  • UST alumni are employed as elementary, secondary, and college music educators across the United States and abroad
  • Nearly 100% of music education students are employed within one year of graduation

Instrumental Concentration Degree Requirements

Block I

  • EDUC 210 Education’s Place in Society (4 credits)
  • EDUC 211 Field Experience I: Exploration (0 credit)
  • EDUC 212 Human Relations and Multicultural Education (4 credits)

Block II (MTLE Basic Skills Test required for admission to program)

  • EDUC 330 Psychology for Teaching and Learning (4 credits)
  • EDUC 332 Field Experience II: Learning & Teaching (0 credit)

Block III

  • EDUC 207 Music Methods Grades PreK-2 (3 credits)
  • EDUC 307 Music Methods Grades 3-5 (3 credits)
  • EDUC 314 Music Methods Grades 6-12 (3 credits)
  • EDUC 342 Field Experience III: Music (0 credit)
  • EDUC 418 Choral/Instrumental Music Methods (2 credits)

Block IV (MTLE Pedagogy & Content Area Exams required for licensure)

  • EDUC 456 Inclusive School Communities (2 credits)
  • EDUC 460 Student Teaching and Seminar (6 credits)
  • EDUC 461 The Teacher as Educational Advocate (4 credits)

Plus:

  • EDUC 110 Introduction to Music Education I (1 credit)
  • MUSC 001 Student Convocation Hour (0 credits) (6 semesters)
  • MUSC 101 Piano Skills I (1 credit)
  • MUSC 102 Piano Skills II (1 credit)
  • MUSC 113 Music Theory I (4 credits)
  • MUSC 114 Music Theory II (4 credits)   
  • MUSC 133 Music of the United States: Aural and Written Traditions (2 credits)
  • MUSC 140 Music Media (2 credits)
  • MUSC 201 Piano Skills III (1 credit)
  • MUSC 202 Piano Skills IV (1 credit)

    Students for whom piano or organ is the primary instrument will take the following courses in lieu of MUSC 101, 102, 201, and 202
    • MUSC 192 Technical Skills for Keyboard Majors (1 credit)
    • MUSC 292 Functional Skills for Keyboard Majors (1 credit)
    • MUSC 293 Functional Skills for Keyboard Majors II (1 credit)
    • MUSC xxx Piano Elective (1 credit) to be chosen from the following: MUSP 121, 131 (organ majors only) 135 (piano majors only), 153, MUSN 171, 172, 182, or MUSW 501

  • MUSC 213 Music Theory III (4 credits)
  • MUSC 214 Music Theory IV (4 credits)   
  • MUSC 231 Introduction to Conducting I (1 credit)
  • MUSC 233 Music of the World: Aural and WrittenTraditions (4 credits)     
  • MUSC 263 Entrepreneurial Careers in Music & Professional Practice (1 credit)
  • MUSC 341 Theory Elective: Musicianship Pedagogy for Music Educators (2 credits)
  • MUSC 411 History and Literature of Music I (4 credits)
  • MUSC 412 History and Literature of Music II (4 credits)
  • MUSN 1xx Six semesters of Ensemble participation (0 credits)
  • MUSP 103 Skills for Piano Proficiency (0 credit) – Piano Majors Only
  • MUSP 3xx Performance studies (6 semesters) (2 credits each semester)
  • MUSR 200 Piano Proficiency (0 credit)
  • MUSR 270 Level I Recital (0 credit)
  • MUSR 350 Level II Recital (0 credit)

Guidelines for Choosing an Ensemble:

If principal instrument is:

  • Piano - at least two semesters in MUSN 171: at least two semesters in MUSN 172; at least two semesters in one of: MUSN 140, 142, 143, 160, 181, 185, 186, 190: two semesters may be in MUSN 161, 182, 183.
  • Voice - a minimum of six semesters in MUSN 140, 142, 143, or 160.
  • Woodwind, Brass or Percussion - at least six semesters in MUSN 185 or 186.
  • Orchestral String - at least six semesters in MUSN 181.
  • Guitar - at least four semesters in MUSN 173; at least two semesters in MUSN 174.

Allied Requirements:

  • PHYS 105 Musical Acoustics (4 credit hours)

Instrumental Concentrations:

  • EDUC 218 Teaching Techniques for the Brass Family (2 credits)
  • EDUC 220 Teaching Techniques for the Percussion Family (2credits)
  • EDUC 221 Teaching Techniques for the Woodwind Family (2 credits)
  • EDUC 324 Teaching Techniques for the String Family (2 credits)
  • MUSC 354 Advanced Conducting and Materials: Instrumental Concentration (2 credits)
  • EDUC 362 Vocal Pedagogy for Singers (1 credit)

 

 

Vocal Concentration Degree Requirements

Block I

  • EDUC 210 Education’s Place in Society (4 credits)
  • EDUC 211 Field Experience I: Exploration (0 credit)
  • EDUC 212 Human Relations and Multicultural Education (4 credits)

Block II (MTLE Basic Skills Test required for admission to program)

  • EDUC 330 Psychology for Teaching and Learning (4 credits)
  • EDUC 332 Field Experience II: Learning & Teaching (0 credit)

Block III

  • EDUC 207 Music Methods Grades PreK-2 (3 credits)
  • EDUC 307 Music Methods Grades 3-5 (3 credits)
  • EDUC 314 Music Methods Grades 6-12 (3 credits)
  • EDUC 342 Field Experience III: Music (0 credit)
  • EDUC 418 Choral/Instrumental Music Methods (2 credits)

Block IV (MTLE Pedagogy & Content Area Exams required for licensure)

  • EDUC 456 Inclusive School Communities (2 credits)
  • EDUC 460 Student Teaching and Seminar (6 credits)
  • EDUC 461 The Teacher as Educational Advocate (4 credits)

Plus: 

  • EDUC 110 Introduction to Music Education I (1 credit)
  • MUSC 001 Student Convocation Hour (0 credits) (6 semesters)
  • MUSC 101 Piano Skills I (1 credit)
  • MUSC 102 Piano Skills II (1 credit)
  • MUSC 113 Music Theory I (4 credits)
  • MUSC 114 Music Theory II (4 credits)   
  • MUSC 133 Music of the United States: Aural and Written Traditions (2 credits)
  • MUSC 140 Music Media (2 credits)
  • MUSC 201 Piano Skills III (1 credit)
  • MUSC 202 Piano Skills IV (1 credit)

    Students for whom piano or organ is the primary instrument will take the following courses in lieu of MUSC 101, 102, 201, and 202
    • MUSC 192 Technical Skills for Keyboard Majors (1 credit)
    • MUSC 292 Functional Skills for Keyboard Majors (1 credit)
    • MUSC 293 Functional Skills for Keyboard Majors II (1 credit)
    • MUSC xxx Piano Elective (1 credit) to be chosen from the following: MUSP 121, 131 (organ majors only) 135 (piano majors only), 153, MUSN 171, 172, 182, or MUSW 501

  • MUSC 213 Music Theory III (4 credits)
  • MUSC 214 Music Theory IV (4 credits)   
  • MUSC 231 Introduction to Conducting I (1 credit)
  • MUSC 233 Music of the World: Aural and WrittenTraditions (4 credits)     
  • MUSC 263 Entrepreneurial Careers in Music & Professional Practice (1 credit)
  • MUSC 341 Theory Elective: Musicianship Pedagogy for Music Educators (2 credits)
  • MUSC 411 History and Literature of Music I (4 credits)
  • MUSC 412 History and Literature of Music II (4 credits)
  • MUSN 1xx Six semesters of Ensemble participation (0 credits)
  • MUSP 103 Skills for Piano Proficiency (0 credit) – Piano Majors Only
  • MUSP 3xx Performance studies (6 semesters) (2 credits each semester)
  • MUSR 200 Piano Proficiency (0 credit)
  • MUSR 270 Level I Recital (0 credit)
  • MUSR 350 Level II Recital (0 credit)

Guidelines for Choosing an Ensemble:

If principal instrument is:

  • Piano - at least two semesters in MUSN 171: at least two semesters in MUSN 172; at least two semesters in one of: MUSN 140, 142, 143, 160, 181, 185, 186, 190: two semesters may be in MUSN 161, 182, 183.
  • Voice - a minimum of six semesters in MUSN 140, 142, 143, or 160.
  • Woodwind, Brass or Percussion - at least six semesters in MUSN 185 or 186.
  • Orchestral String - at least six semesters in MUSN 181.
  • Guitar - at least four semesters in MUSN 173; at least two semesters in MUSN 174.

Allied Requirements:

  • PHYS 105 Musical Acoustics (4 credit hours)

Vocal Concentrations:

  • EDUC 176 German Diction for Singers (1 credit)
  • EDUC 177 French Diction for Singers (1 credit)
  • EDUC 362 Vocal Pedagogy for Singers (2 credits)
  • EDUC 221 Teaching Techniques for Strings (2 credits)
  • MUSC 355 Advanced Conducting and Materials: Vocal Concentration (2 credits)