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B.M. in Music Education

Contact Person:
Marsha Baxter, Chair
A308 Schuette, (315) 267-2454, baxterml@potsdam.edu

122-128 credit hours required.

All courses are 3 credits unless noted. Credits are divided as follows:

Required Courses
General Education Courses (Credits 17-18)

Non-Music Liberal Arts Electives (Credits 8)
[includes 6 credits required for state teacher certification, see below]

Basic Musicianship Sequence (Credits 29)
Students with a studio emphasis in piano are exempt from the two
Keyboard Skills courses, but will take MUCC 303 regardless of track.
MUCB 101 Keyboard Skills I (1 credit)
MUCB 103 Theory I
MUCB 104 Aural Skills I (1 credit)
MUCB 102 Keyboard Skills II (1 credit)
MUCB 105 Theory II
MUCB 106 Aural Skills II (1 credit)
MUCB 201 Music History I: Early Music
MUCB 203 Theory III
MUCB 204 Aural Skills III (1 credit)
MUCP 209 Conducting I (1 credit)
MUCB 202 Music History II: Common Practice Period
MUCB 205 Theory IV
MUCB 206 Aural Skills IV (1 credit)
MUCP 309 Conducting II (1 credit)
MUCB 323 Music History III: Music Since 1900

Music Electives (limit one ensemble per semester) (Credits 3)

Upper Division Music History or Theory Elective (Credits 3)

Upper Division Music Education Elective (Credits 3)

Required Courses for State Certification
EDLS 307 Literacy Education in the Arts Disciplines [credits included in liberal electives above]
HLTH 230 School Health [credits included in liberal electives above; also fulfills one PE/Health & Wellness requirement]
PSYC 220 Child Development [credits included in general education requirements as course fulfills SA requirement]

Plus one of the following Tracks (Credits 59-64)

Band Track (61.5 credits)
Performance
MUCS 420 Performance Concentration (7 @ 2 credits)
                   Ensembles (7 @ 1 credit)

Music Education
MUCE 205 Principles of Music Education
MUCE 306 Music Teaching and Learning I
MUCE 307 Practicum in Elementary General Music (1 credit)
MUCE 335, 337 Wind Practices Elementary & Secondary (2 @ 2 credits)
MUCE 336 Practicum in Teaching Beginning Instruments (1 credit)
MUCE 445 Special Education Music
MUCE 467 Student Teaching in Music (15 credits)

Technical/Professional Courses
MUCC 161-165 Woodwinds (5 @ .5 credits)
MUCC 330 Percussion (1 credit)
MUCC 123-126 Brass (4 @ .5 credits)
MUCC 203, 204 Functional Keyboard (2 @ 1 credit)
MUCC 341 Choral Techniques (1 credit)
MUCC 342 Orchestra Techniques (1 credit)
MUCC 350 Vocal Techniques I (1 credit) or choral ensemble

Choral Track (59-64 credits)
Music Education
MUCE 205 Principles of Music Education
MUCE 306 Music Teaching and Learning I
MUCE 307 Practicum in Elementary General Music (1 credit)
MUCE 334 Practicum in Elementary Choir (1 credit)
MUCE 338 Choral Practices Elementary/Middle School (2 credits)
MUCE 339 Choral Practices Secondary/Adult (2 credits)
MUCE 445 Special Education Music
MUCE 467 Student Teaching in Music (15 credits)

Plus one of the following:
Vocal Majors
Performance
MUCS 420 Performance Concentration (7 @ 2 credits)
                   Ensembles (7 @ 1 credit)
MUCP 131 Introduction to Diction (2 credits)

Technical/Professional Courses
MUCC 201, 202 Functional Keyboard (2 @ 1 credit)
MUCC 301, 302 Functional Keyboard (2 @ 1 credit)
MUCC 340 Band Techniques (1 credit)
MUCC 342 Orchestra Techniques (1 credit)

Piano Majors
Performance
MUCS 420 Performance Concentration (7 @ 2 credits)
                   Major Choral Ensembles (6 @ 1 credit)
                   Elective Ensemble (3 @ 1 credit)
MUCP 343 Art of Accompanying (1) OR
MUCP 430 Art Song Repertoire (2 credits)
MUCP 131 Introduction to Diction (2 credits)

Technical/Professional Courses
MUCC 303 Functional Keyboard (1 credit)
MUCC 350, 351 Vocal Techniques (2 @ 1 credit)
MUCC 340 Band Techniques (1 credit)
MUCC 342 Orchestra Techniques (1 credit)

Guitar Majors
Performance
MUCS 420 Performance Concentration (7 @ 2 credits)
                   Major Choral Ensembles (7 @ 1 credit)
                   Guitar Ensemble (3 @ 1 credit)
MUCP 131 Introduction to Diction (2 credits)

Technical/Professional Courses
MUCC 201, 202 Functional Keyboard (2 @ 1 credit)
MUCC 301, 302 Functional Keyboard (2 @ 1 credit)
MUCC 350, 351 Vocal Techniques (2 @ 1 credit)
MUCC 340 Band Techniques (1 credit)
MUCC 342 Orchestra Techniques (1 credit)

Harp Majors
Performance
MUCS 420 Performance Concentration (7 @ 2 credits)
                   Major Choral Ensembles (4 @ 1 credit)
                   Major Instrumental Ensembles (4 @ 1 credit)
                   Harp Ensemble (2 @ 1 credit)
MUCP 131 Introduction to Diction (2 credits)

Technical/Professional Courses
MUCC 201, 202 Functional Keyboard (2 @ 1 credit)
MUCC 301, 302 Functional Keyboard (2 @ 1 credit)
MUCC 350, 351 Vocal Techniques (2 @ 1 credit)
MUCC 340 Band Techniques (1 credit)
MUCC 342 Orchestra Techniques (1 credit)

Orchestra Track (60 credits)
Performance
MUCS 420 Performance Concentration (7 @ 2 credits)
                   Ensembles (7 @ 1 credit)

Music Education
MUCE 205 Principles of Music Education
MUCE 306 Music Teaching and Learning I
MUCE 307 Practicum in Elementary General Music (1 credit)
MUCE 140 String Seminar (.5 credit)
MUCE 340 String Practices: Elementary (2 credits)
MUCE 341 String Practices Secondary (2 credits)
MUCE 342 Practicum in String Teaching (1 credit)
MUCE 445 Special Education Music
MUCE 467 Student Teaching in Music (15 credits)

Technical/Professional Courses
MUCC 141-144 String Playing (3 of 4 courses @ .5 credits)
MUCC 241-244 String Teaching (4 @ .5 credits)
MUCC 203, 204 Functional Keyboard (2 @ 1 credit)
MUCC 340 Band Techniques (1 credit)
MUCC 341 Choral Techniques (1 credit)
MUCC 350 Vocal Techniques I (1 credit) or choral ensemble

General Music Track (60.5 credits)
Performance
MUCS 420 Performance Concentration (7 @ 2 credits)
                   Ensembles (7 @ 1 credit)

Music Education
MUCE 205 Principles of Music Education
MUCE 306 Music Teaching and Learning I
MUCE 307 Practicum in Elementary General Music (1 credit)
MUCE 316 Music Teaching and Learning II
MUCE 318 Practicum in General Music II (1.5 credits)
MUCE 210 Workshops in Music Education (2 @ .5 credits)
MUCE 445 Special Education Music
MUCE 467 Student Teaching in Music (15 credits)

Technical/Professional Courses
MUCC 201, 202 Functional Keyboard (2 @ 1 credit)
MUCC 301, 302 Functional Keyboard (2 @ 1 credit)
MUCC 350 Vocal Techniques I (1 credit) or an additional choral ensemble
MUCE 211 Classroom Instruments (2 credits)
MUCC 341 Choral Techniques (1 credit)
MUCC 340 or 342 Band or Orchestra Techniques (1 credit)

Sophomore Evaluation
Each student pursuing a Music Education degree must successfully complete the Sophomore Evaluation for admission into the Crane Music Education Professional sequence. The sophomore evaluation will take place during the student’s sophomore year, the semester following successful completion of Principles of Music Education (MUCE 205). This comprehensive review will be made by the Music Education faculty to evaluate the student’s progress in relation to academic and musical growth and the feasibility of successful completion of the Music Education degree. To be admitted to advanced standing, students must show evidence of quality work and have made satisfactory progress. Other personal characteristics will be considered as well. For more information, see the Crane Student Handbook.

Student Teaching for Music Education Candidates
The Music Education curriculum is the only music program that includes an approved professional sequence of courses leading to New York State Initial Certification for teaching music. Student teaching is a College-supervised experience in participating schools located in several areas of New York State.

Since the student teaching experience is considered a full-time commitment the following regulations will apply:

  1. No simultaneous coursework is permitted during the student teaching assignment.
  2. Any employment during the student teaching assignment must be approved by the Sponsor Teacher and the Student Teaching Supervisor, and notification given to the Chair of Music Education.
  3. Any volunteer activities which could interfere with the student teaching assignment must be approved by the Sponsor Teacher and the Student Teaching Supervisor, and notification given to the Chair of Music Education.
  4. Participation in ensembles, performances, lessons, and competitions during the student teaching assignment requires the permission (in advance) of the Chair of Music Education, the Sponsor Teacher and the Student Teaching Supervisor.

Student Teaching in Music is a full semester course consisting, in most cases, of two distinctly different teaching experiences. These experiences must include contact with elementary students (K-6) and secondary students (7-12). A grade of S/U is issued for the semester’s work. For details about planning for student teaching, see The Crane School of Music Student Handbook and the Crane Student Teaching Handbook.

Application for Teacher Certification
All applicants for teacher certification are required to file an official State application for teacher certification before being recommended by the College for an Initial certificate. Applications must be completed online at: www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/teach.

In addition to successful completion of the Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education, the New York State Education Department requires that applicants for initial teaching certification pass the following NYS Teacher Certification Exams: Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST), Content Specially Test in Music, Educating All Students (EAS) and Education Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA). Student planning to become teachers in New York are required to complete 100 hours of pre-student teaching field experience and complete the fingerprint clearance process. In order to receive Institutional recommendation for certification, a grade of 2.0 or higher is required in the following courses: HLTH 230 School Health, EDLS 307 Literacy Education in the Arts Disciplines, and PSYC 220 Child Development.