B.M. in Music Education

Contact Persons:
Peter McCoy, Co-Chair, Department of Music Education
A329 Schuette, (315) 267-3210, mccoypm@potsdam.edu

Michael Schaff, Co-Chair, Department of Music Education
A328 Schuette, (315) 267-3231, schaffmp@potsdam.edu
 
124-136 credit hours required.

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

Required Courses

Credits
General Education Courses 19-26
Liberal Arts Electives 8
  (includes 5 credits required for state teacher certification, see below)
 
Basic Musicianship Sequence 29
Music Electives (limit one ensemble per semester) 3
Upper Division Music History or Theory Elective 3
Upper Division Music Education Elective 3

Required Courses for State Certification

3
EDLS 307 Literacy Education in the Arts Disciplines (credits included in liberal electives above)
 
HLTH 230 School Health (2 credits) (credits included in liberal electives above)
 
PSYC 220 Child Development  

Plus one of the following Tracks

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
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 or MUCP 430 Art Song Repertoire (1-2 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 credits)  
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
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
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 Tech. (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 Academic Information Supplement.
 

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 Co-Chair of Music Education for Student Programs.
  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 Co-Chair of Music Education for Student Programs.
  4. Participation in ensembles, performances, lessons, and competitions during the student teaching assignment requires the permission (inadvance) of the Co-Chair of Music Education for Student Programs, 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 Academic Information Supplement 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 on-line 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: Liberal Arts and Sciences Test, Content Specially Test in Music, and the Assessment of Teaching skills – Written. 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.