2017-2018 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Sep 28, 2022  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music Education, BMus

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Music Education (Dual Program)


School of Education contacts:

Office of Academic and Student Services, 111 Waverly Avenue, Suite 230, 315-443-9319, soeadvising@syr.edu

College of Visual and Performing Arts contact:

Marlene Lee, 200 Crouse College, 315-443-2517

John C. Coggiola, 108C Crouse College, 315-443-5896, jccoggio@syr.edu


John Coggiola, Elisa Dekaney, Deborah Cunningham, David Knapp, Steve Frank, Maggie Mercer, Jill Coggiola, David Wilber, Joshua Dekaney


The music education program, which leads to a Bachelor or Music degree, is designed to give students a strong foundation in musical and teaching skills and to enable them to obtain initial certification for public school teaching (all grades) in New York State and other states with which there are reciprocal arrangements.

Music education students are dually enrolled in the Setnor School of Music and the School of Education. They may elect one of five emphases: brass, choral/general, woodwind, percussion, or strings. By graduation, students are expected to have achieved competencies in all the musical disciplines (e.g., principal and secondary performance areas, music history and theory, sight-singing and dictation, and conducting and ensemble participation) in addition to teaching competencies in such areas as classroom management techniques and curriculum development skills. Students must have achieved a 3.0 average in music and education courses, with an overall GPA of at least 3.0 before being permitted to enter into the upper division sequence (junior year) and to student teach (senior year). Students also have opportunities to develop techniques of teaching general music as well as techniques for directing performance ensembles. Our students are also committed to inclusion, social justice, and equity in the music classroom.

In addition to writing courses, academic credits are required in the following: 6 credits of social science (psychology or sociology), 3 credits in mathematics, 3 credits in the sciences, and 3 credits of multicultural humanities. One course (minimum 3 credits) in a language other than English (including American Sign Language), or equivalent competency established by examination or level three of high school study is also required. If requirement has already been met in high school or by examination, one 3-credit liberal arts elective must be taken in its place.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate skills for functional and artistic self-expression at the appropriate level and  the ability to perform a cross-section of repertoire.

2. Demonstrate functional keyboard skills to support musicianship at the appropriate level.

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the common elements and organizational patterns of music and their aural and verbal analysis and  a functional understanding of musical forms, processes, and structures.

4. Demonstrate the ability to complete aural dictation at the appropriate level.

5. Demonstrate growth in artistry and technical skills in an ensemble setting and collaborative competency and knowledge of ensemble repertoire.

6. Demonstrate a functional knowledge of music history and repertoire through the present time, including the study and experience of musical languages and cultures.

7. Demonstrate skills for functional and artistic self-expression at the appropriate level and the ability to perform a cross-section of repertoire.

8. Demonstrate growth in artistry and technical skills in an ensemble setting and collaborative competency and knowledge of ensemble repertoire.

9. Demonstrate knowledge and skills sufficient to work as a leader, and in collaboration, on matters of musical interpretation.

10. Articulate the rationales for music as a basic component of general education and articulate how to present the goals and objectives of a music program effectively to parents, professional colleagues, and administrators.

11. Evaluate best teaching practices when observing teacher-student interactions within a music class/rehearsal with a diverse population of students.

12. Demonstrate knowledge of best teaching practices when designing and implementing learning segments with three lesson plans that purposefully address student learning assessments within diverse populations of students.

13. Demonstrate professional teaching readiness when engaging in a full-time student-teaching experience at both elementary and secondary levels.

Program Requirements

Music Electives: 14 credits

  • Instrumental Methods (x3)  1 credit
  • Instrumental Methods/Pedagogy  1 credit
  • Instrumental/Choral Rehearsal Techniques  3 credits
  • Choral or Instrumental Conducting  2 credits
  • Jazz elective (x3)  1 credit
  • Piano or Voice (x2)  1 credit

Ensembles: 7 credits

Weekly Student Convocations: 0 credits

  • Required for Each Semester in Residence

Academic Electives: 18-19 credits

  • Foreign Language  3-4 credits
  • Social Sciences (sociology or psychology)  6 credits
  • Mathematics  3 credits
  • Sciences  3 credits
  • Multicultural Humanities  3 credits


Consult with the School of Education, 111 Waverly Avenue, suite 230, regarding other New York State Teacher Certification requirements for graduation and certification.

Total Credits Required: 129

Degree Awarded: BMus in Music Education

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