UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Teaching

Music Education

The music department provides unique and comprehensive classes designed to develop student expertise in theory, history, performance and teacher education. Many interesting and varied classes are available to music majors and minors while others are designed specifically for students majoring in other areas.

The music department’s many excellent large and small ensembles are open to all students on campus. While some ensembles require auditions at the beginning of each semester, most are open to all without an audition. All of the ensembles present numerous on-campus concerts throughout the year and many take an annual tour either locally or internationally.

Individual lessons are another important part of the music major and minor degree programs. These private lessons help the student achieve technical excellence while developing musicianship in their chosen area of study.

Teacher education is a primary focus of the music department. Courses are offered in this degree program which enable the student to develop both musicianship and the ability to teach music in elementary, middle school and senior high school programs. Music education classes, instrumental or vocal techniques and conducting provide essential elements which are needed to be an effective music teacher.

Program

  • Bachelor of Music Education (BME) - Students may elect either a Choral/General Music (K- 12) emphasis (includes a piano-vocal option) or an Instrumental/General Music emphasis. This degree is designed to train and certify public school music teachers and does not require a minor.

 

Bachelor of Music Education

Music Education Major 69 Total Credits

Core Requirements: 36 cr. hrs.
MUS 130
Music Theory and Ear Training I 4 cr.
MUS 131 Music Theory and Ear Training II 4 cr.
MUS 230 Music Theory and Ear Training III 4 cr.
MUS 231 Music Theory and Ear Training IV 4 cr.
MUS 234 Music History and Literature I (writing intensive) 4 cr.
MUS 235 Music History and Literature II (writing intensive) 4 cr.
MUS 240 Piano Proficiency - Examination: MUS 140 0 cr.(Class Piano) must be taken until 240 is passed; 140 and 240 credits are not counted toward music major.
MUS 333
20th Century Music 3 cr.
MUS 351 Music Education I 3 cr.
MUS 352 Music Education II 3 cr.
MUS 491 Senior Recital 0 cr.
MUS 200+ Any Music Course 200 and above 3 cr.Pianists must take MUS 440: Piano Pedagogy

Required Courses for Choral/General Certification: 33 cr. hrs.

MUSA 127 Applied Voice-Pianists may substitute 3 cr. of Applied Piano
MUSA 125 (2 per semester) 8 cr.
MUSA 327 Applied Voice (upper level)-Pianists may substitute 3 cr. of Applied Piano
MUSA 325 (2 per semester) 6 cr.
MUSE 108
Concert Choir (required each semester)
MUS 102 Class Guitar 1 cr.
MUS 247 Diction I: IPA and Italian 1 cr.
MUS 248 Diction II: German and French 1 cr.
MUS 341 Vocal and Choral Pedagogy 3 cr.
MUS 342
Conducting 2 cr.
MUS 344 Choral Conducting 2 cr.
MUS 331 Choral Composition and Arranging 3 cr.
MUS 340 Opera Techniques 3 cr.
MUS 433 Choral Literature 3 cr.Required

Courses for Instrumental/General Certification: 33 cr. hrs.

MUSA 100 level Applied-credits must be in the same area (2 per semester) 8 cr.
MUSA 300 level Applied-upper level-credits must be in the same area (2 per semester) 6 cr.
MUSE 111 University-Community Orchestraor
MUSE 113
Wind Ensemble (large ensemble required each semester)
MUS 102 Class Guitar 1 cr.
MUS 103 Class Voice 1 cr.
MUS 141
String Techniques 1 cr.
MUS 241 Woodwind Techniques I 1 cr.
MUS 242 Woodwind Techniques II 1 cr.
MUS 243 Brass Techniques I 1 cr.
MUS 244 Brass Techniques II 1 cr.
MUS 245 Percussion Techniques I 1 cr.
MUS 246
Percussion Techniques II 1 cr.
MUS 342 Conducting 2 cr.
MUS 343 Instrumental Conducting 2 cr.
MUS 330 Orchestration 3 cr.
MUS 431 Instrumental Literature 3 cr.

Professional Education 32 cr. hrs.(not counted in major total)

TED 120 Introduction to Education and Instructional Technology 3 cr.
TED 211 or TED 212 Educational Psychology: Middle and Secondary Education 5 cr.
TED 252 Multicultural Education 3 cr.
TED 420 School and Society 3 cr.
TED 422
Content Area Literacy 3 cr.
SPED 330
Introduction to Special Education 3 cr.
TED 475 Student Teaching 12 cr.