Music Education - B.M.

College of the Arts
School of Music
E101 Center for the Performing Arts
Kent Campus
330-672-2172
schoolofmusic@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/music


Description

The Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education prepares students for Ohio Licensure to teach music in grades K-12 in choral general and instrumental music. Ohio licensure is recognized in most states. While receiving comprehensive training in both areas, students specialize in the instrumental or choral/general concentrations. The program includes studies in jazz, folk, musical theatre, world music and music technology, while providing a strong grounding in Western art music history, theory and performance.

The Music Education major comprises the following concentrations:

  • Choral General
  • Instrumental

Fully Offered At:

  • Kent Campus

Accreditation

National Association of Schools of Music

Admission Requirements

Admission to this major is selective.

Freshman Students: Students must audition before being admitted to the School of Music. Inquiries can be directed to:

Coordinator of Admissions and Scholarships
School of Music
E-101 Music and Speech
Kent State University
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001
(or call 330-672-2172).

Audition information can be found by visiting www.kent.edu/music.

Transfer Students: In addition to meeting the general transfer admission requirement (2.0 overall GPA), students must audition before being admitted to the School of Music. Additional information is available from:

School of Music Office
E-101 Music and Speech Center
Kent State University
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001
(or call 330-672-2172).

Audition information can be found by visiting www.kent.edu/music.

For more information on admissions, visit the admission website.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to successfully meet all requirements for state licensure.

 
 
 
 

Requirements for Admission to Advanced Study for Art Education and Music Education

Admission to advanced study is required of all teacher education majors and minors prior to enrolling in upper-division education courses. Upon completion of coursework, as determined by program area, students should have satisfied the prerequisites for admission to advanced study. Students must submit an application for advanced study by the second Friday of the term during which all prerequisites for advanced study will be completed, and at least one semester prior to beginning any coursework for which "Admission to Advanced Study" is a prerequisite. Students at the Kent Campus apply for Advanced Study through the College of Education, Health and Human Services Student Portal, which can be accessed through the Vacca Office of Student Services web page (www.kent.edu/ehhs/services/voss) or directly at the WHHS Student Portal. Students completing a licensure program at a regional campus should check with that campus for instructions on how to apply for "Advanced Study." Please note: Admission to advanced study is required for students pursuing an undergraduate major that leads to teacher licensure.

Requirements for Admission to Advanced Study for Art Education and Music Education

  • College Writing: Students are required to attain a minimum C grade in each writing courses (ENG 11011 and ENG 21011 or equivalent).
  • Pre-Advanced Study Coursework: To be eligible for advanced study, students must earn a minimum C grade in CULT 29535 and a minimum C grade in one of the following courses (please note that a minimum C grade must be earned in all of the four courses for teacher licensure programs):
  • Grade Point Average:
    • Art Education majors must have earned a minimum 2.750 cumulative GPA and a minimum 2.750 major GPA in order to be admitted to Advanced Study.
    • Music Education majors must have earned a minimum 2.500 cumulative GPA and a minimum 2.750 major GPA in order to be admitted to Advanced Study.
  • Advising Appointment: Art Education and Music Education students should make an advising appointment with a professional advisor in the Vacca Office of Student Services (or Regional Campus advising office if completing the program at that campus) for information about applying for Advanced Study and educator licensure. Advising appointments at the Kent Campus are made through the Vacca Office of Student Services' website at www.kent.edu/ehhs/services/voss.
  • Teacher Candidate Acknowledgments and Legal Questions for Licensure: Candidates are required to electronically sign four statements acknowledging that they have read and understand the following areas: background check requirements; professional dispositions; licensure application information; legal questions asked on the licensure application. Statements can be found on the student portal.
  • Standardized Testing: All Art Education and Music Education majors are required to demonstrate basic competencies in reading, writing and mathematics before progressing in a degree program. Students are required to take the Praxis Core (or Alternative Praxis) if they have not adequately demonstrated the competencies through the ACT, SAT and/ or COMPASS exams (for qualifying students). Alternative Praxis tests are available for students who do not pass Praxis Core. Information regarding Praxis Core is available in the Vacca Office of Student Services, 304 White Hall, in the student services offices of the Regional Campuses and at www.kent.edu/ehhs/serviccs/voss. Students must have all passing standardized test scores on file in 304 White Hall prior to submission of application for admission to advanced study. The specific competencies are listed below (Note: The COMPASS placement test is for qualifying students and is taken solely for placement into freshman-level courses and cannot be taken for any other purpose):
    • Reading: minimum 26 ACT reading score or 620 SAT verbal score or 93 COMPASS reading score or 156 Praxis Core reading score.
    • Writing: minimum 25 ACT English score or 92 COMPASS writing score or 162 Praxis Core writing score
    • Mathematics: minimum 25 ACT mathematics score or 620 SAT mathematics score or 150 Praxis Core mathematics score

Please be aware that reapplication may be necessary if postponing advanced study coursework or if withdrawn for one year or more.

University Requirements 

All students in a bachelor's degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE:  University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements. Please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Diversity Domestic/Global (DIVD/DIVG) 2 courses
Students must successfully complete one domestic and one global course, of which one must be from the Kent Core.
Experiental Learning Requirement (ELR) varies
Students must successfully complete one course or approved experience.
Kent Core (see table below) 36-37
Writing-Intensive Course (WIC) 1 course
Students must earn a minimum C grade in the course.
Upper-Division Requirement 39 (or 42)
Students must successfully complete 39 upper-division (numbered 30000 to 49999) credit hours to graduate. Students in a B.A. and/or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 42 upper-division credit hours.
Total Credit Hour Requirement 120
Some bachelor's degrees require students to complete more than 120 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 9
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 6-7
Kent Core Additional (KADL) 6
Total Credit Hours: 36-37

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA) (min C grade is required in all courses)
MUS 11121THEORY I 4
MUS 11122THEORY II 4
MUS 21111THEORY III 4
MUS 21112THEORY IV 4
MUS 22111THE UNDERSTANDING OF MUSIC (KFA) (music major section)3
MUS 22121MUSIC AS A WORLD PHENOMENON (DIVG) (KFA) (music major section)3
MUS 23241MUSIC TEACHING AS A PROFESSION 2
MUS 32211MUSIC HISTORY I 3
MUS 32212MUSIC HISTORY II (WIC) 3
MUS 33214MUSIC TECHNOLOGY FOR MUSIC EDUCATORS 1
MUS 34111INTRODUCTION TO CONDUCTING 2
MUS 36XXX/46XXXApplied Music: 8 credits of 36XXX and 6 credits of 46XXX 114
MUS 41112WESTERN MUSIC SINCE 1945 1
MUS 42357STUDENT TEACHING (ELR) 9
MUS 49525SEMINAR FOR STUDENT TEACHING (ELR) 3
Major Ensemble, choose from the following: 27
UNIVERSITY CHOIR
KENT STATE UNIVERSITY CHORALE
MEN'S CHORUS
WOMEN'S CHORUS
ORCHESTRA
SYMPHONY BAND
WIND ENSEMBLE
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
CI 47330READING AND WRITING IN ADOLESCENCE/ADULTHOOD (min C grade)3
CULT 29535EDUCATION IN A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY (min C grade)3
EPSY 29525EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (min C grade)3
ITEC 39525EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY (min C grade)3
PSYC 11762GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
PHIL 11001INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY (DIVG) (KHUM) 3
or PHIL 21001 INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS (DIVG) (KHUM)
SPED 23000INTRODUCTION TO EXCEPTIONALITIES (DIVD) (min C grade)3
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Composition (min C grade) 36
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning3
Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)3
Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory)6-7
Kent Core Additional6
Concentrations
Choose from the following:19
Minimum Total Credit Hours:132
1

Applied music (7 semesters and 14 total credits: 4 semesters and 8 credits at 36000 level, 3 semesters and 6 credits at 46000 level) based on instrument of acceptance into the music education major. The 46000 level can be taken following a successful 46000 level barrier exam. The Choral General Concentration is for guitar, voice and piano principals. Piano and guitar principals with significant instrumental background may elect the Instrumental Concentration with the approval of the Coordinator of Music Education. All other students use the Instrumental Concentration.

2

Major ensemble (7 separate semesters): Students must enroll in a major ensemble appropriate to their major performance area. Students in the Choral General concentration should choose choral based courses, students in Instrumental concentration should choose the instrument based courses. Guitar principals may elect MUS 45231 or MUS 45312 for a total of two semesters to replace major ensembles.

3

All courses in the Kent Core Composition must be completed with a minimum C grade.

 

Licensure Requirement Information

Candidates seeking Ohio licensure are required to pass specific assessments in order to apply for licensure. See Ohio Department of Education-Educator Preparation website for more information on assessments specific to licensure type. Taking and passing the licensure tests prior to graduation is encouraged but not required.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.750 2.500
  • Students must earn a minimum grade of C in all music (MUS) courses.
  • Students who begin their music or music education major program as first semester freshmen are required to attend a minimum of 84 concerts or recitals. Music or music education majors who transfer from a non-music program or university must attend an average of 10 music recitals or concerts for semesters of full time enrollment.
  • Students are required to complete one-half senior recital, which may not be performed during the student-teaching period. Applied music registration at the 46000 level is required during a degree recital semester.
  • To graduate from Kent State University with the degree B.M. or B.A. in music, it is required that students take a major field achievement test in music history and music theory during their senior year.  Specific score level achievement is not required.

  • See Program Policy for Admission to Advanced Study

    • In addition to the School of Music professional standards listed above, each B.M. in music education candidate must meet the following requirements in order to enroll in upper-division coursework:
      • a minimum 2.750 major GPA.
      • pass all sections of the Music Education Professional Evaluation to enter upper-division music education study.
        • Students are limited to two administrations of the Music Education Professional Evaluation, and must pass all sections in order to continue in the music education program with MUS 34211, MUS 34212, MUS 44211 or MUS 44212.
    • A minimum cumulative 2.500 GPA and major 2.750 GPA are necessary for student teaching and graduation from this program.

Choral/General Concentration Requirements

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Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA) (min C grade required in all courses)
MUS 34211ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY GENERAL MUSIC 2
MUS 34212ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY CHORAL MUSIC 2
MUS 36111APPLIED MUSIC-PIANO 12
or MUS 36311 APPLIED MUSIC-VOICE
MUS 37113PIANO SKILLS FOR THE CHORAL/GENERAL MUSIC EDUCATOR 2
MUS 43243CONTEMPORARY CHORAL METHODS IN THE SCHOOLS 3
MUS 44111ADVANCED CHORAL CONDUCTING 3
MUS 47811INSTRUMENT CLASS FOR THE CHORAL/GENERAL MUSIC EDUCATOR 1
MUS 48241VOICE PEDAGOGY 2
MUS 48231INSTRUMENTAL PEDAGOGY FOR THE CHORAL GENERAL MUSIC EDUCATOR 2
Minimum Total Credit Hours:19
1

Voice principals take MUS 36111. Enrollment based on placement test; additional remedial courses may be required. Piano principals take MUS 36311. Enrollment based on audition; MUS 47311 may be required as a remedial course. Guitar principals may take either course, remedial courses may be required.

Instrumental Concentration Requirements

[CA-BM-MUED-ISTM]

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA) (min C grade required in all courses)
MUS 37114PIANO SKILLS FOR THE INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC EDUCATOR 1
MUS 43241MARCHING BAND TECHNIQUES AND LITERATURE 1
MUS 43245JAZZ ENSEMBLE TECHNIQUES AND LITERATURE 1
MUS 44121ADVANCED INSTRUMENTAL CONDUCTING 3
MUS 44211INSTRUMENTAL METHODS I 2
MUS 44212INSTRUMENTAL METHODS II 2
MUS 47311VOICE CLASS FOR THE INSTRUMENTALIST 1
MUS 47412STRING CLASS 1
MUS 47512WIND TECHNIQUES - FRENCH HORN AND DOUBLE REEDS 1
MUS 47513WIND TECHNIQUES - FLUTE, CLARINET, SAXOPHONE 1
MUS 47612WIND TECHNIQUES - TRUMPET AND LOW BRASS 1
MUS 47712PERCUSSION CLASS 1
MUS 48232GENERAL MUSIC PEDAGOGY FOR THE INSTRUMENTALIST 1
MUS 48233CHORAL MUSIC PEDAGOGY FOR THE INSTRUMENTALIST 1
Band Elective, choose from the following: 11
SYMPHONY BAND
MARCHING BAND
UNIVERSITY BAND
Minimum Total Credit Hours:19
1

Wind, brass and percussion majors must enroll in MUS 45222 once during their first two years of study. String majors select from MUS 45221, MUS 45222 or MUS 45225

Roadmaps

 

Choral/General Concentration

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
!MUS 11121 THEORY I 4
!MUS 22111 THE UNDERSTANDING OF MUSIC (KFA) (music major section) 3
!MUS 36XXX Applied Music2
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
!Major Ensemble 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours17
Semester Two
!MUS 11122 THEORY II 4
!MUS 22121 MUSIC AS A WORLD PHENOMENON (DIVG) (KFA) 3
!MUS 23241 MUSIC TEACHING AS A PROFESSION 2
!MUS 36XXX Applied Music2
PSYC 11762 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
!Major Ensemble 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours18
Semester Three
CULT 29535 EDUCATION IN A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY 3
!MUS 21111 THEORY III 4
MUS 36111
APPLIED MUSIC-PIANO
or APPLIED MUSIC-VOICE
2-4
!MUS 36XXX Applied Music2
!Major Ensemble 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours18
Semester Four
EPSY 29525 EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY 3
!MUS 21112 THEORY IV 4
!MUS 36XXX Applied Music2
MUS 37113 PIANO SKILLS FOR THE CHORAL/GENERAL MUSIC EDUCATOR 2
PHIL 11001
INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY (DIVG) (KHUM)
or INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS (DIVG) (KHUM)
3
SPED 23000 INTRODUCTION TO EXCEPTIONALITIES (DIVD) 3
!Major Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours18
Semester Five
Required: minimum 2.750 GPA, admission to advanced study. Note: successful completion of the Music Education Professional Evaluation in the music education division as a prerequisite for MUS 34211 and MUS 34212.  
ITEC 39525 EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY 3
!MUS 32211 MUSIC HISTORY I 3
!MUS 34111 INTRODUCTION TO CONDUCTING 2
MUS 33214 MUSIC TECHNOLOGY FOR MUSIC EDUCATORS 1
MUS 34211 ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY GENERAL MUSIC 2
!MUS 46XXX Applied Music2
MUS 47811 INSTRUMENT CLASS FOR THE CHORAL/GENERAL MUSIC EDUCATOR 1
!Major Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
!MUS 32212 MUSIC HISTORY II (WIC) 3
!MUS 34212 ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY CHORAL MUSIC 2
!MUS 44111 ADVANCED CHORAL CONDUCTING 3
!MUS 46XXX Applied Music2
MUS 48241 VOICE PEDAGOGY 2
!Major Ensemble 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Seven
Note: Completion of a major field test in music history and music theory by the end of the semester.  
CI 47330 READING AND WRITING IN ADOLESCENCE/ADULTHOOD 3
!MUS 41112 WESTERN MUSIC SINCE 1945 1
MUS 43243 CONTEMPORARY CHORAL METHODS IN THE SCHOOLS 3
!MUS 46XXX Applied Music2
!MUS 48231 INSTRUMENTAL PEDAGOGY FOR THE CHORAL GENERAL MUSIC EDUCATOR 2
!Major Ensemble 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours18
Semester Eight
Note: Candidates seeking Ohio licensure are required to pass specific assessments in order to apply for licensure. See Ohio Department of Education - Educator Preparation website for more information on assessments specific to licensure type.  
!MUS 42357 STUDENT TEACHING (ELR) 9
!MUS 49525 SEMINAR FOR STUDENT TEACHING (ELR) 3
 Credit Hours12
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:132
 

Instrumental Concentration

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
!MUS 11121 THEORY I 4
!MUS 22111 THE UNDERSTANDING OF MUSIC (KFA) (music major section) 3
!MUS 36XXX Applied Music2
MUS 45222 MARCHING BAND 0-1
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
!Major Ensemble 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours17
Semester Two
!MUS 11122 THEORY II 4
!MUS 22121 MUSIC AS A WORLD PHENOMENON (DIVG) (KFA) 3
MUS 23241 MUSIC TEACHING AS A PROFESSION 2
!MUS 36XXX Applied Music2
PSYC 11762 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
!Major Ensemble 1
String, Woodwind, Brass or Percussion Electives 1
 Credit Hours16
Semester Three
CULT 29535 EDUCATION IN A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY 3
!MUS 21111 THEORY III 4
!MUS 36XXX Applied Music2
MUS 37114 PIANO SKILLS FOR THE INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC EDUCATOR 1
PHIL 11001
INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY (DIVG) (KHUM)
or INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS (DIVG) (KHUM)
3
!Major Ensemble 1
String, Woodwind, Brass or Percussion Electives 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours18
Semester Four
EPSY 29525 EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY 3
!MUS 21112 THEORY IV 4
!MUS 36XXX Applied Music2
MUS 48232 GENERAL MUSIC PEDAGOGY FOR THE INSTRUMENTALIST 1
SPED 23000 INTRODUCTION TO EXCEPTIONALITIES (DIVD) 3
!Major Ensemble 1
String, Woodwind, Brass or Percussion Electives 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours18
Semester Five
Required: minimum 2.750 GPA, admission to advanced study. Note: successful completion of the Music Education Professional Evaluation in the music education division as a prerequisite for MUS 44211 and MUS 44212.  
ITEC 39525 EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY 3
!MUS 32211 MUSIC HISTORY I 3
!MUS 34111 INTRODUCTION TO CONDUCTING 2
!MUS 44211 INSTRUMENTAL METHODS I 2
!MUS 46XXX Applied Music2
MUS 47311 VOICE CLASS FOR THE INSTRUMENTALIST 1
!Major Ensemble 1
String, Woodwind, Brass or Percussion Electives 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours18
Semester Six
!MUS 32212 MUSIC HISTORY II (WIC) 3
!MUS 44212 INSTRUMENTAL METHODS II 2
!MUS 43245 JAZZ ENSEMBLE TECHNIQUES AND LITERATURE 1
!MUS 44121 ADVANCED INSTRUMENTAL CONDUCTING 3
MUS 45221
SYMPHONY BAND
or UNIVERSITY BAND
0-1
!MUS 46XXX Applied Music2
!Major Ensemble 1
String, Woodwind, Brass or Percussion Electives 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours17
Semester Seven
Note: Completion of a major field test in music history and music theory by the end of the semester.  
CI 47330 READING AND WRITING IN ADOLESCENCE/ADULTHOOD 3
MUS 33214 MUSIC TECHNOLOGY FOR MUSIC EDUCATORS 1
!MUS 41112 WESTERN MUSIC SINCE 1945 1
!MUS 43241 MARCHING BAND TECHNIQUES AND LITERATURE 1
!MUS 46XXX Applied Music2
MUS 48233 CHORAL MUSIC PEDAGOGY FOR THE INSTRUMENTALIST 1
!Major Ensemble 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Eight
Note: Candidates seeking Ohio licensure are required to pass specific assessments in order to apply for licensure. See Ohio Department of Education - Educator Preparation website for more information on assessments specific to licensure type.  
!MUS 42357 STUDENT TEACHING (ELR) 9
!MUS 49525 SEMINAR FOR STUDENT TEACHING (ELR) 3
 Credit Hours12
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:132