Music Education

Music Education

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Music (B.M.)


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)


Voice Major Requirements

The Music Education major (Voice) consists of 88-97 s.h. distributed as follows:

Required Core Courses

  • MUS 1600 Music Fundamentals (Required if student does not pass the diagnostic exam) (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 1610 Music Theory I (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 1620 Music Theory II (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 1070 Aural Skills I (1 s.h.)
  • MUS 1080 Aural Skills II (1 s.h.)
  • MUS 2070 Aural Skills III (1 s.h.)
  • MUS 2080 Aural Skills IV (1 s.h.)
  • MUS 2610 Music Theory III (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 2620 Music Theory IV (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 2600 Survey of Music Literature (1 s.h.)
  • MUS 3110 Music History: Ancient Through Baroque (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 3130 Music History: Classic Through Romantic (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 3610 Conducting (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 4190 20th-21st Century and Non-Western Musical Styles (2 s.h.)

Choose two of the following:

  • MUS 4640 Orchestration (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 4650 Introduction to Composition and Arranging (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 4660 Form and Analysis (3 s.h.)

Required Applied Courses

  • MUS 0710 Concert Attendance (no credit)
    (must be taken concurrently and passed with applied lessons for 7 semesters; pass/fail)
  • MUS 1140-4810 (12 s.h.)
    (see list of applied music courses)
  • MUS 1750-4750 (0-4 s.h.)
    (Students take the piano proficiency sequence until piano proficiency exam is passed; piano majors are exempt from this requirement.)

Required Ensemble Courses

  • MUS 3280/3290 Noblemen OR MUS 3860/3870 Grace Notes (7 s.h.)

Required Methods Courses

  • MUS 1650 English/Italian Diction (2 s.h.)
  • MUS 2650 French/German Diction (2 s.h.)
  • MUS 1090 Prelude to Music Education (2 s.h.)
  • MUS 2090 Elementary Music Methods (2 s.h.)
  • MUS 2190 Secondary Music Methods (2 s.h.)
  • MUS 3400 Applications of Choral Literature (2 s.h.)
  • MUS 3610 Conducting (3 s.h.)

Required Education Courses

  • EDU 2400 Educational Technology (3 s.h.)
  • EDU 3300 Educational Psychology (3 s.h.)
  • EDU 3420 Field Experience III (2 s.h.)
  • EDU 4070 Professional Orientation (All licenses) (2 s.h.)
  • EDU 4190 Seminar in Positive Behavior Development (3 s.h.)
  • EDU 4210 Student Teaching (All licenses) (10 s.h.)
  • SPE 2550 Educating Diverse Populations (3 s.h.)

Students must be admitted to Teacher Education before they will be allowed to enroll in the EDU 3000 and 4000-level courses in the professional licensure sequence or student teaching block.


Instrumental Major Requirements

The Music Education major (Instrumental) consists of 88-97 s.h. distributed as follows:

Required Core Courses

  • MUS 1600 Music Fundamentals (Required if student does not pass the diagnostic exam) (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 1610 Music Theory I (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 1620 Music Theory II (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 1070 Aural Skills I (1 s.h.)
  • MUS 1080 Aural Skills II (1 s.h.)
  • MUS 2070 Aural Skills III (1 s.h.)
  • MUS 2080 Aural Skills IV (1 s.h.)
  • MUS 2610 Music Theory III (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 2620 Music Theory IV (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 2600 Survey of Music Literature (1 s.h.)
  • MUS 3110 Music History: Ancient Through Baroque (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 3130 Music History: Classic Through Romantic (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 3610 Conducting (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 4190 20th-21st Century and Non-Western Musical Styles (2 s.h.)

Choose two of the following:

  • MUS 4640 Orchestration (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 4650 Introduction to Composition and Arranging (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 4660 Form and Analysis (3 s.h.)

Required Applied Courses

  • MUS 0710 Concert Attendance (no credit)
    (must be taken concurrently and passed with applied lessons for 7 semesters; pass/fail)
  • MUS 1140-4810 (12 s.h.)
    (see list of applied music courses)
  • MUS 1750-4750 (0-4 s.h.)
    (Students take the piano proficiency sequence until piano proficiency exam is passed; piano majors are exempt from this requirement.)

Required Ensemble Courses

  • MUS 3480/3490 Concert Band (7 s.h.)
  • Marching Band (2 years required)

Required Tech Courses

  • MUS 3010 String Techniques (1 s.h.)
  • MUS 3030 Woodwind Techniques (1 s.h.)
  • MUS 3040 Brass Techniques (1 s.h.)
  • MUS 3070 Percussion Techniques (1 s.h.)

Required Methods Courses

  • MUS 1090 Prelude to Music Education (2 s.h.)
  • MUS 2090 Elementary Music Methods (2 s.h.)
  • MUS 2190 Secondary Music Methods (2 s.h.)
  • MUS 3120 Applications of Instrumental Literature (2 s.h.)
  • MUS 3370* Applications of Piano Literature (2 s.h.)
  • MUS 3610 Conducting (3 s.h.)

*Piano Majors Only

Required Education Courses

  • EDU 2400 Educational Technology (3 s.h.)
  • EDU 3300 Educational Psychology (3 s.h.)
  • EDU 3420 Field Experience III (2 s.h.)
  • EDU 4070 Professional Orientation (All licenses) (2 s.h.)
  • EDU 4190 Seminar in Positive Behavior Development (3 s.h.)
  • EDU 4210 Student Teaching (All licenses) (10 s.h.)
  • SPE 2550 Educating Diverse Populations (3 s.h.)

Students must be admitted to Teacher Education before they will be allowed to enroll in the EDU 3000 and 4000-level courses in the professional licensure sequence or student teaching block.


Additional Information

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 section of the Academic Catalogue for summaries 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. In some cases, students in the music program may require more than eight semesters to complete the curriculum. However, all degrees are conceived to be completed in four years.

  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 seven-semester minimum degree requirement.
  3. 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.
  4. Recommended: one semester of a foreign language (German, French, or Italian).
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. A minimum of seven credits of large ensemble (Concert Band, MUS 3480/3490), Noblemen (MUS3280/3290), or Grace Notes (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.
  8. 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.
  9. A half recital is required for graduation. It is recommended that this be completed in the second semester of the Junior year.
  10. 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.
  11. Enrollment in upper MUS 3000 – 4000 level courses is predicated on successful completion of MUS 1000-2000 level classes, or with instructor permission.

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.


Contact the Program Coordinator

Dr. Michael Martin

Michael Martin, Ph.D.

Union-Zukowski Professor of the Arts; Professor of Music; Director, Choral Activities and Music Education
(910) 630-7153
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Dr. Michael Martin
Michael Martin, Ph.D.

Union-Zukowski Professor of the Arts; Professor of Music; Director, Choral Activities and Music Education

B.M.Ed., M.M., University of Maine; Ph.D., Kent State University

Professional Teaching Certificate:

  • NC Standard Profession I License – Code 84 – 00800 – Music Grades K-12

Bio:

Dr. Martin hails from New England where he taught in grades 4-12, in the capacity of choral, instrumental, and orchestral education positions throughout Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. He has received recognition as a teacher and conductor, having been the recipient of several teaching awards, been a guest conductor, vocal clinician, and as a judge for New England, Midwestern, and East Coast festivals.

Dr. Martin has enjoyed conducting community choral groups in New Hampshire and Maine. He received national attention with his championship barbershop quartet The Management (1986-2003) by touring New England schools in support of music programs. For their work promoting youth involvement in music, the quartet shared the National Education Service Award sponsored by NAfME and the Barbershop Harmony Society. He also received distinction as the recipient of Distinguished Choral Director of the Year from the Maine Chapter of ACDA. He is the immediate past Artistic Director for the Cumberland Choral Arts and is on retainer to build festival choruses for the Fayetteville Symphony. He is currently the Director of Choral Activities, Director of Music Education and Coordinator of Arts Management at Methodist University, where he conducts the MU Chorale, Chamber Singers, “The Noblemen” (Men’s chorus) and “The Grace Notes” (women’s chorus). The MU Chorale, has toured from the Northeast to the mid-Atlantic and southeastern US. They have also toured Europe in 2015 and 2018.

To see audio, photo, and video files are available for Dr. Martin and his Methodist groups, click here. Dr. Martin lives in Fayetteville with his wife Amanda, his son David, and his daughter, Meredith.

(910) 630-7153
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