Music with All-Level Teacher Certification B.S.
Core Curriculum for All Music Majors
Music requirements (43 sh)
- MUS 100 - Ensembles Hours: 0-2 or
- MUS 300 - Jazz Ensemble I, the Mane Attraction Hours: 1 or
- MUS 300P - Pecussion Ensemble I Hours: 1 or
- MUS 300S - Chamber Singers Hours: 1 or
- MUS 300W - Wind Ensemble Hours: 1
- MUS 114 - Fundamental Theory Hours: 4 or
- MUS 115 - Theory I Hours: 3 (with CAS 111)
- MUS 117 - Ear Training I Hours: 1
- MUS 125 - Theory II Hours: 3
- MUS 127 - Ear Training II Hours: 1
- MUS 152 - Principal Applied Hours: 1-4
- MUS 215 - Theory III Hours: 3
- MUS 217 - Ear Training III Hours: 1
- MUS 225 - Theory IV Hours: 3
- MUS 313 - Fundamentals of Conducting Hours: 2
- MUS 316 - Analysis of Music Form Hours: 2
- MUS 323 - Music History I Hours: 3
- MUS 324 - Music History II Hours: 3
- MUS 352 - Principal Applied Hours: 1-4
- MUS 136(c) - Advanced Chord Class Piano Hours: 1 (keyboard class 1 sh) or
- MUS 151 - Minor Applied Music Hours: 1-4 (applied keyboard 1 sh)
Additional Requirements for All Music Majors
All incoming students must audition for acceptance as a music major (BS or BM). At the beginning of the first semester of attendance, music majors take diagnostic exams in theory and are assigned Mus 114 or 115 to be taken concurrently with the Freshmen Success Seminar (CAS 111). In addition, each music major must (1) enroll for a major ensemble each semester until all music degree requirements are met; (2) pass six semesters of recital attendance (Mus 100.001); (3) meet the keyboard competency requirement; (4) pass the barrier examination in applied music study, and (5) present one or more public recital(s).
Keyboard Competency Requirement
Requirements for keyboard skills vary according to the major. Instrumental majors may demonstrate keyboard competency through proficiency examination or by completion of Music 136C. Vocalists must pass two proficiency exams: the first to move from Mus 151 to 351, and the second to complete study at the upper division level (351). All students must demonstrate keyboard competency before conferral of their degrees.
Applied Barrier Exam Requirement
A barrier exam is required of all music majors to achieve advanced standing on their principal applied instrument before registering for upper division applied study. The examination is administered at the end of the fourth semester of study, but may be taken earlier upon the recommendation of the applied teacher. (Regardless, all students must complete the required total number of semester hours in applied music as specified on the various degree plans.) Students who do not satisfactorily pass the initial exam have, at the discretion of the principal applied professor, one additional long semester to complete the exam requirement. Students who do not satisfactorily pass the second attempt at the barrier exam will be dismissed from the A&M-Commerce music program. Upper division applied credit (352) must be completed at A&M-Commerce to be counted toward a music degree.
Recital Performance Requirement
After enrollment in upper division applied study, students must present one or more public recitals. Performance majors must present a junior half (30 min.) recital and a senior full (60 min.) recital; education majors must present a half recital (30 min.) during their junior or senior year. The applied faculty must approve the scope of the recital.
Prerequisites to Student Teaching in Music
Prior to student teaching, a music major in the Teacher Education program must be:
- admitted to upper division and complete three semester hours of upper division credit in his/her major applied music area,
- complete the courses in his/her area of emphasis and the required professional development courses,
- complete the piano requirements (n.b. Piano requirements are designed for three levels of achievement depending upon the student’s major applied area.),
- be on campus as full-time music majors either two full semesters or one semester and a full summer session prior to registering for student teaching.