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B.S. Music Education Information

Application and Audition to the Department of Music IS required
(NASM-accredited)

This program serves teacher candidates who wish to be certified to teach general, instrumental, and choral music in Pre-k through twelfth grade in Pennsylvania schools. This certification is also accepted as initial certification in many other states. The curriculum includes all of the core music requirements in the Bachelor of Arts in Music as well as the professional education courses. Please refer to the checksheet for complete list of classes.

This 4-Year Program Student Guide will provide guidance to complete the degree program:

  • To view on mobile devices or on the computer, download this version. Since pages on this document are rotated sideways for easy viewing, some printers will not print this document correctly.
  • To print, download this version.

Forms for Current B.S. Music Education Students (also available on the back pages of the 4-Year Program Guide)


B.S. MUSIC PIANO PROFICIENCY

NASM requirements dictate that all music majors must acquire keyboard competency. Therefore music majors are required to pass the Piano Proficiency prior to requesting a Clinical Experience placement. The piano proficiency will be offered each semester during jury week.

Students may enroll in class or studio piano as a Music Elective until the proficiency is passed.

The following represent the requirements for the Piano Proficiency for the BS in Music Education:

Major Scales: Students will play all of the major scales, two octaves, hands together in parallel motion, performed at a metronome marking of quarter note = 63, two notes per beat.

Minor Scales: Students will play all of the minor scales, two octaves, hands together in parallel motion performed at a metronome marking of quarter note = 63, two notes per beat.

Cadences: Students will play the I, IV6/4, I, V6/5, I cadence in all of the major and minor keys.

Harmonization: Students will harmonize a symbol-free melody at sight, using at least the primary chords.

Patriotic Songs: Students will play the following patriotic songs from memory: Star Spangled Banner in the keys of Bb and Ab, America the Beautiful in the keys of C and Bb, and America in the keys of F and Eb.