The bachelor of music education is a professional degree and may lead to P-12 certification in a combination of vocal, instrumental, and general music.
Foundations (67-71 credits)
The general education and professional education requirements for this degree are detailed in the University Catalog. The core curriculum strengthens communication and critical thinking skills while introducing global cultures and traditions. The professional courses, taken through Valpo’s education department, develop students’ skills in pedagogy, curriculum development, and more.
Required Music Courses (65 credits)
|MUSIC CORE — 39 credits|
|MUS 109||Musicianship I||2 credits|
|MUS 110||Musicianship II||2 credits|
|MUS 163||Music Theory I||3 credits|
|MUS 164||Music Theory II||3 credits|
|MUS 201||Development of Western Music||2 credits|
|MUS 209||Musicianship III||2 credits|
|MUS 210||Musicianship IV||2 credits|
|MUS 213||Basic Conducting||2 credits|
|MUS 263||Music Theory III||3 credits|
|MUS 264||Music Theory IV||3 credits|
|MUS 318||Music of the Baroque, Classical and Early Romantic Eras||3 credits|
|MUS 319||Music of the Late Romantic and Modern Eras||3 credits|
|MUS 313||Intermediate Conducting||2 credits|
|MUEN 350, 352, 354||Large ensemble||6 credits|
|MUEN 357, 358||Small ensemble or chamber music||1 credit|
|MUS 499||Music Colloquium (seven semesters)||0 credit|
|MUSIC EDUCATION CORE — 26 credits|
|Eight credits of studio instruction in the principal performing medium (through at least MUAP 303)||8 credits|
|Five credits of studio instruction in the secondary instrument||5 credits|
|MUS 230||Wind/Percussion Methods||3 credits|
|MUS 231||Stringed Instructional Methods||1 credit|
|MUS 239||Voice Instructional Methods||1 credit|
|MUS 312||Scoring and Arranging||2 credits|
|MUS 389||School Music I||3 credits|
|MUS 489||School Music II||3 credits|
Once they have reached senior standing, music education students complete a professional semester, including education coursework and student teaching.
In this semester, students are discouraged from enrolling in other courses, ensembles, or studio lessons. However, in consultation with the academic advisor, a student may be approved for enrolling in either one ensemble or one studio lesson.
The university prepares applicants for the P-12 License in Music Education. Students must meet Indiana state teacher requirements and education program requirements. The mere completion of the prescribed courses outlined by the Education Department does not guarantee that the student will be recommended for licensure or a teaching position. Please consult the Indiana Department of Education for more information.