Music Education

Music Department

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The Music Education Major

The Department of Music provides a course of study for the Special Subjects (K-12) teaching license in North Carolina. Refer to the Department of Education for a summary of Reciprocity, Requirements for Admission to Teacher Education, and Requirements for Admission to Student Teaching. Each of these guidelines is applicable to the Music Education curriculum. Students in this program may require more than eight semesters to complete the curriculum. However, all degrees are conceived to be completed in four years.

To be accepted as a candidate for a B.M. in Music Education, the student must audition no later than the end of the fourth semester.  Music Education majors must maintain a GPA of 2.7 or higher to be eligible for the music education program. For each semester a full-time student is enrolled as a music major, a passing grade must be earned in MUS 0710 (Concert Attendance).

All music majors are required to pass the piano proficiency exam. All music majors are required to be enrolled in applied music lessons the semester their senior recital is performed.

Music Education Student Handbook (2018)

Requirements for the major in Music Education (B.M.)

  1. To be accepted as a candidate for a B.M. in Music Education, the student must audition successfully no later than the end of the fourth semester.

  2. MUS 0710 (with a passing grade) will be taken concurrently with applied lessons to meet a 7-semester minimum degree requirement.

  3. 37-40 s.h. of MUS 1070, 1080, 1090, 1600 (if necessary), 1610, 1620, 2070, 2080, 2090, 2190, 2600, 2610, 2620, 3010, 3030, 3040, 3110, 3130, 3610, 4190, plus 1 additional course from 4640, 4650, or 4660; Vocal Majors must take MUS 1650 and 2650; Instrumental majors must take MUS 3010, 3030, 3040, and 3070. All music education majors must take the corresponding “applications” course related to their applied area of study, i.e., vocal majors must take MUS 3400, instrumental majors MUS 3120, piano majors MUS 3370.

  4. Continuous enrollment in MUS 0710 (with a passing grade). However, during the student teaching semester, enrollment in applied music, MUS 071, and an ensemble is not required.

  5. While not a requirement, it is recommended that performance majors seek two semesters of a foreign language as part of the general education core, e.g., Global Perspective requirement.

  6. All students receiving a Bachelor of Music in Music Education are required to complete 12 semester hours on one instrument or voice, with the final semester before student teaching being the completion of a Capstone Project (#10). Percussionists must complete no fewer than 12 semester hours of applied lessons, with at least 10 semester hours in applied percussion/orchestra.

  7. For students whose major instrument is not piano, satisfactory completion of the Piano Proficiency Exam is required. The Piano Proficiency Exam must be successfully completed prior to the EDU 3420 semester.

  8. A minimum of 7 credits of large ensemble (Concert Band, MUS 3480/3490), Noblemen (MUS3280/3290), or Women’s Chorus (MUS 3860/3870), approved string, orchestra ensemble, or Guitar Ensemble (MUS 3260-3270). Guitar majors must enroll in one of these ensembles, whether Guitar Ensemble is offered or not, in any given semester.

  9. Instrumental majors (wind, brass, and percussion) are required to participate in Marching Band for no fewer than two years. Qualified piano majors may be asked to accompany one of the choirs to fulfill requirement. String majors must be involved in an equivalent instrumental activity, e.g., International Youth Symphony.

  10. A half recital is required for graduation. It is recommended that this be completed in the second semester of the Junior year.

  11. Each candidate will be required to create a presentation or paper as a Capstone Project as required by the Education Department and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. This project must be approved by the coordinator of Music Education at the beginning of the recital semester and completed by the end of the EDU 3420 semester.

  12. Enrollment in upper MUS 300-400 level courses is predicated on successful completion of MUS 1000-2000 level classes, or with instructor permission.

Teacher Education Program Requirements

  1. All students who wish to be licensed to teach must have completed the following requirements and met the grade standards before applying for admission to the Teacher Education Program:

    1. A cumulative GPA of at least B- (2.7) and a grade of C (2.0) or better in each course in the student’s major and in the professional licensure sequence.

    2. Passing score of 60% or better on the practice PRAXIS exam in the library during MUS 1090. Failure to meet this requirement will result in the mandatory attendance in a PRAXIS tutoring workshop at the student's expense.

    3. Passing scores on each of the PRAXIS Core Academics Skills for Educators Tests —Core Reading (#5712), Core Writing (#5722), and Core Mathematics (#5732) - with passing scores of 156, 162, and 150, respectively. A combined score of 1100 on the SAT (Reading and Math) or any score of 550 or higher on either section exempts a student from taking PRAXIS Core Academics Skills for Educators Tests in its entirety or on those particular sections. A score of 24 or higher on the ACT also exempts a student from PRAXIS I. Students should contact the Education Department secretary regarding possible exemption, test dates, and costs.

    4. The student must have successfully completed a minimum of 60 academic hours to include; MUS1090, MUS209, and MUS219; from the academic core ENG1010 and ENG1020; MAT1050; 3 s.h. of science; and from the professional education sequence EDU2400 and SPE 2550.

    5. Three recommendations from faculty. Of the three recommendations, one must be from a faculty member in the student’s major and one must be from a faculty member in the Education Department.

    6. A pre-admission interview with the Chair of the Teacher Education Committee, the Director of Student Teaching and Field Experiences, and the Subject Area Program Coordinator.

    7. Review and approval of the student’s application for admission to Teacher Education by the Teacher Education Committee.

    8. A student must be admitted to Teacher Education before he/she will be allowed to enroll in the EDU 3000 and 4000 level courses in the professional licensure sequence or student teaching block (EDU3300, EDU 3420, EDU 4070, EDU 4190, and EDU 4210. The Capstone Project is part of the student’s final semester prior to student teaching.

  2. Once a student is admitted to Teacher Education he/she is required to maintain the same grade standards required for admission to Teacher Education. A student whose grades fall below the required standards of a cumulative “B-” (2.7 GPA) and a “C” (2.0) or better in his/her major and licensure courses will meet with his/her advisor and the Chair of the Teacher Education Committee to plan a program to raise his/her grades to the required standard before going forward in the program.

  3. The student must finish Praxis II, (#5114), prior to the end of their student teaching in order to obtain the Standard Professional II License.

Requirements for the Minor in Secondary Instrument/Voice

Applied lessons (8 semester hours – 4 semesters). pplied lessons (8 semester hours – 4 semesters). No senior recital is required, but student must perform on semester student recitals and juries. This minor is only available to music majors.

NC State Board of Education Complaint Process

The North Carolina State Board of Education (SBE) has jurisdiction to investigate allegations of noncompliance regarding specific laws and rules. Complaints may address Educator Preparation Program requirements set forth in Article 15(D) of Chapter 115C. The SBE does not have jurisdiction over complaints related to contractual arrangements with an EPP, commercial issues, obtaining a higher grade or credit for training, or seeking reinstatement to an EPP. All complaints filed with the SBE must be in writing. A person or entity may file a written complaint with SBE by filling out a complaint form and submitting online and/or mailing or faxing a hard copy to the address on the form.

Program Faculty & Staff

Dr. Carlos Castilla, Instructor of Classical Guitar

Dr. Carlos Castilla

Instructor of Classical Guitar
(910) 630-7100
Keith Dippre, Professor of Music & Department Chair

Dr. Keith Dippre

Professor of Music
(910) 630-7101
Susan Durham-Lozaw, Professor of Music

Dr. Susan Durham-Lozaw

Professor of Music
(910) 630-7603
Laura Eis, Adjunct Instructor of Violin

Laura Eis

Adjunct Instructor of Violin
(910) 630-7100
Scott Marosek, Associate Professor of Music

Dr. Scott Marosek

Associate Professor of Music
(910) 630-7252
Michael Martin, Associate Professor of Music

Dr. Michael Martin

Union-Zukowski Professor of the Arts
(910) 630-7153
Daniel McCloud, Associate Professor of Music and Director of University Bands

Dr. Daniel McCloud

Associate Professor of Music
(910) 630-7673
Monica Sparzak, Instructor of Organ

Dr. Monica Sparzak

Adjunct Instructor of Organ
(910) 630-7100
Darrin Thiriot, Instructor of Clarinet

Darrin Thiriot

Instructor of Clarinet
(910) 630-7100
Linda Volman, Fine Arts Coordinator & Adjunct Instructor of Flute

Linda Volman Lane

Fine Arts Coordinator
(910) 630-7100
Kevin Ward, Adjunct Instructor of Low Brass

Kevin Ward

Adjunct Instructor of Low Brass
(910) 630-7100
Larry Wells, Professor of Music

Dr. Larry Wells

Union-Zukowski Professor of the Arts
(910) 630-7602

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