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Music, Bachelor of (B.M.) with a concentration in music education/vocal-choral

Special requirements

A cumulative GPA of 2.8 is required for music education students to qualify for student teaching placement. Music education students who do not maintain a cumulative 2.8 GPA will not be allowed to continue in the music education track, but may continue in the Bachelor of Arts program or the Bachelor of Music performance track if they meet the minimum requirements that apply to those respective degree programs.

The Bachelor of Music with a music education/vocal-choral concentration incorporates requirements necessary to qualify for the commonwealth of Virginia’s Collegiate Professional Certificate to teach music in public schools. Reciprocity between Virginia and numerous other states makes it possible for those music education students who become certified to teach in Virginia to obtain certification in those other states. A prospective student intending to pursue the instrumental concentration endorsement must complete the degree with a primary instrument of wind band or orchestra tradition; for those seeking the vocal-choral concentration endorsement, this instrument must be voice. For a student who wishes to elect the guitar or piano as a primary instrument, please contact the music department for details.

Degree requirements for Music, Bachelor of (B.M.) with music education/vocal-choral concentration

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:

Students will

  • Demonstrate professional music teaching competencies
  • Acquire professional procedures
  • Demonstrate professional performance skills
  • Develop comprehensive musicianship
  • Acquire supporting competencies
  • Develop artistic/intellectual mission
General Education requirements Credits
University Core Education Curriculum (minimum 21 credits)
UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I 3
UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II 3
UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument 3
Approved humanities/fine arts 3
Approved natural/physical sciences 3-4
Approved quantitative literacy 3-4
Approved social/behavioral sciences 3-4
Additional School of the Arts requirements (9 credits)
HIST 103 or 104 Survey of American History 3
General education courses from the College of Humanities and Sciences 6
Collateral requirements (3 credits) 3
EDUS 301 Human Development and Learning  
Major requirements (92 credits)  
APPL 311-314, 415 and 416 Applied Lessons (principal performing medium) 12
APPL 320 Applied Lessons Secondary Instrument 4
APPM 161-162 Lyric Diction 6
APPM 173-174, 273 Keyboard Skills 3
APPM 199 Recital/Convocation Attendance (four semesters) 0
APPM 299 Master Class (six semesters) 0
APPM 377 Vocal Chamber Ensemble 1
APPM 381 Conducting 2
APPM 394 Junior Recital 0
MHIS 120 Introduction to World Musical Styles 3
MHIS 145-146, 245-246 Theory and Aural Skills I-IV 16
MHIS 305 Form and Analysis I 2
MHIS 321, 322 Music History I, II 6
MUED 301-307 Methods and Techniques various mediums) 7
MUED 380 Introduction to Music Education 2
MUED 381 Methods and Practicum in Elementary Music Education 3
MUED 382 Secondary Methods/Practicum and Rehearsal Techniques 4
MUED 385 Music Education Technology and Arranging 2
MUED 485 and 486 Music Education Student Teaching I and II (capstone) 12
Ensemble requirement (audition may be required) 7
Select from the options below:  
APPM 358 Commonwealth Singers  
APPM 359 Choral Arts Society  
APPM 378 Women’s Chorus  
Total minimum requirement 125

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Applied music achievement levels

Eight achievement levels have been established for applied instrumental and vocal study. These levels are explicit in terms of expected repertoire, musicianship/style, technique and sight-reading. While freshmen normally earn Level I at their first semester juries, transfer students may be awarded a higher level based on their entrance auditions. The table below indicates the achievement levels required for graduation with a Bachelor of Music.

Music education: VI



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