School of Music

BM in Music Education

This degree program prepares students for careers in PK-12 school-based music teaching. Students completing this course of study are prepared to apply for state teacher certification in Maine and other states. Certification applications must be accompanied by scores from the Praxis I/Core Academic Skills for Educators national teacher exam that must be successfully completed during the sophomore year, and the Praxis II exam that must be taken prior to Professional Internship. Students are advised to meet with their advisor if they plan to seek teacher certification in states other than Maine.

As the field of music education requires a broad range of skills and competencies, students are required to complete substantial work in music theory, ear training, musicology, applied music, conducting, chamber music and ensembles, in addition to music education methods courses, field work and teaching internships. The music education curriculum reflects the full range of knowledge and skills required in current practice. All students complete a nearly identical curriculum with adjustments made to reflect the unique requirements of individualized areas of applied study (composition, vocal, and instrumental) identified during the audition process.

All students are reminded that, in addition to meeting School requirements for a major leading to a baccalaureate degree, they must also meet the University's General Education requirements. The minimum number of credits required for the degree is 120.

Music CORE (33 credits)Credits
Music Theory and Aural Skills (16 credits) 
     MUT 110 Music Theory 1    3
     MUT 111 Sight Singing and Aural Skills 1    1
     MUT 112 Music Theory 2    3
     MUT 113 Sight Singing and Aural Skills 2    1
     MUT 210 Music Theory 3    3
     MUT 211 Sight Singing and Aural Skills 3    1 
     MUT 212 Music Theory 4    3
     MUT 213 Sight Singing and Aural Skills 4    1 
  
Music History (9 credits) 
     MUH 105 Multi-Cultural Perspectives of American Popular Music and Jazz3
     MUH 222 Music History Survey 13
     MUH 223 Music History Survey 23
  
Functional Piano (4 credits) (keyboard players have substitute courses; see below) 
     MUS 150 Piano Class 11
     MUS 151 Piano Class 21
     MUS 250 Piano Class 3; Music Education Jazz Concentration majors may substitute MUS 252 Jazz Piano Class 11
     MUS 251 Piano Class 4; Music Education Jazz Concentration majors may substitute MUS 253 Jazz Piano Class 21
  
Conducting (4 credits) 
     MUE 252 Choral Conducting2
     MUE 313 Instrumental Conducting2
  
Applied Music (14 credits) 
Classical performance in brass, guitar, percussion, piano, strings, voice, woodwinds (7 semesters) 
MUS 440 Studio Class - Voice only (6 semesters)0-3
All voice students who are taking applied voice lessons as their primary instrument must take 6 semesters of MUS 440 Studio Class while studying applied voice. 
  
Composition (7 semesters) 
Jazz performance - bass, drums, guitar, saxophone, trumpet and trombone 
          Semesters 1 & 2 - classical focus 
          Semesters 3 - 7 - jazz focus 
Jazz performance - piano 
          Semesters 1 & 2 - classical focus 
          Semesters 3 & 4 - 2 credits classical focus and 1 credit jazz focus each semester 
          Semesters 5 - 7 - jazz focus 
Jazz performance - voice 
          Semester 1 - 2 credits classical 
          Semester 2 & 3- 1 credit classical & 1 credit jazz  
          Semesters 4 - 7 - jazz focus 
     MUP 491 Senior Recital0
     MUS 442 Recital Class (7 semesters)0
  
Ensembles (7 credits) 
Students must be enrolled in a primary ensemble during each semester of the program for a minimum of 7 semesters. Placements will be made at the discretion of the ensemble directors. 
  
Requirements for students studying applied classical brass, percussion, string or woodwind performance: 
               Concert Band or Orchestra (7 semesters)3.5
               Chorale or Chamber Singers (4 semesters)2
               Chamber music (1 semester)0.5
               Composer's Workshop (1 semester)0.5
               Jazz large or chamber ensemble (1 semester)0.5
  
Requirements for students studying applied classical performance in voice: 
               Chorale or Chamber Singers (7 semesters)3.5
               Concert Band or Orchestra (4 semesters)2
               Chamber music (1 semester)0.5
               Composer's Workshop (1 semester)0.5
          Jazz large or chamber ensemble (1 semester)0.5
Requirements for students studying applied classical performance piano           
               Chorale or Chamber Singers (minimum of 4 semesters)2
               Concert Band or Orchestra (minimum of 4 semesters)2
               Chamber music (1 semester)0.5
               Composer's Workshop (1 semester)0.5
               Jazz large or chamber ensemble (1 semester)0.5
Any ensemble: chorale, chamber singers, concert band or
orchestra (1 semester)
0.5
                Additional Requirements 
                    MUS 360 Advanced Keyboard Skills2
                    MUS 372 Pedagogy of the Major Instrument (Piano)2
                    MUS 452 Accompanying (2 semesters)1
  
Requirements for students studying applied classical performance guitar 
              Chorale or Chamber Singers (minimum of 4 semesters)2
              Concert Band or Orchestra (minimum of 4 semesters)2
Any ensemble: chorale, chamber singers, concert band,
or orchestra (3 semesters)
1.5
              Chamber music (1 semester)0.5
              Composer's Workshop (1 semester)           0.5
              Jazz large or chamber ensemble (1 semester)    0.5
  
Requirements for students studying applied composition 
               Composer's Ensemble (7 semesters)3.5
               Chorale or Chamber Singers (2 semesters)1
               Concert Band or Orchestra (2 semesters)1
               Chamber music (1 semester)0.5
   Composer's Workshop (1 semester)0.5
               Jazz large or chamber ensemble (1 semester)   0.5
  
Requirements for students studying applied jazz 
                Jazz Ensembles (7 semesters)3.5
                Chorale or Chamber Singers (2 semesters)1
                Concert Band or Orchestra (2 semesters)1
                Chamber music (1 semester)0.5
                Composer's Workshop (1 semester)          0.5
                Large Jazz ensemble (1 semester)   0.5

 

Additional Music Courses (variable) 
MUE 110 ProSeminar I1
MUE 111 Professional Foundation for Music Education2
MUE 112 Percussion Techniques1
MUE 113 Vocal Techniques for Instrumentalists 1
MUE 150 ProSeminar II1
MUE 210 ProSeminar III1
MUE 211 Teaching Creative and Critical Listening PK-122
MUE 250 ProSeminar IV1
MUE 251 Teaching Vocal Music PK-122
MUE 252 Choral Conducting  2
MUE 253 Brass Techniques1
MUE 310 ProSeminar V1
MUE 311 Research and Evaluation in Music Education3
MUE 312 Teaching Instrumental Music PK-122
MUS 313 Instrumental Conducting2
MUE 314 Guitar Techniques1
MUE 350 ProSeminar VI1
MUE 351 Teaching Improvisation in Music PK-122
MUE 352 String Techniques1
MUE 353 Woodwind Techniques1
MUE 410 ProSeminar VII1
MUE 411 Teaching Music Composition PK-122
MUE 450 Professional Internship8
MUE 451 Professional Portfolio ( see above; should count in
general education)
MUS 374 Jazz Pedagogy - Music Education Jazz Concentration only2
  
Chamber Music (1 semester)0.5
     See Ensembles, above 
Jazz Ensemble (1 semester)0.5
     See Ensembles, above 
Composer's Ensemble (1 semester)0.5
     See Ensembles, above 
Music Electives - Varies by applied area0-4
  
Additional Non-music Courses (6 credits) 
     HRD/SBS 200 Multicultural Human Development3
     SED 335 Students with Exceptionalities in General Education3
  

Jury Information

All music education majors will take a progress check jury at the end of each fall semester and a level jury at the end of each spring semester. Jury literature will be matched to the outlined applied study plan in their area. Jury level expectations are: Level I - earned at the conclusion of Semester 2; Level II - earned at the conclusion of Semester 4; Level III - earned at the conclusion of Semester 6. Jury Level III must be earned prior to the presentation of the Senior Recital.

Composition

All music education composition concentration students will complete composition juries as specified above. Additionally, students will complete a check jury in Semester 3 and a Jury Level I in Semester 4 on an instrument or voice.

Jazz Concentration

All music education jazz concentration students will complete composition juries as specified above. The specific level sequence will be: MUEJ Jury Level I (classical) at the end of Semester 2, MUEJ Jury Level II (jazz) at the end Semester 4, and MUEJ Jury Level III (jazz) at the end of Semester 6.

Strings 

All music education majors specializing on a string instrument will complete juries as specified above. Additionally, the Jury Level III must include 75% of the Senior Recital repertory requirements and be performed with piano accompaniment (where appropriate).

Admission to Upper Division in Music Education

Upper division music courses are typically designated by course numbers in the 300 or 400 range.

In order to enroll in upper division music courses, a music student must:

  • Earn a grade of C- or better in all MUS, MUH, MUT courses.*
  • Earn a grade of B- or better in all MUE and MUP courses.*
  • Earn a Level II on the applied music jury.
  • Pass Praxis I/CASE.
  • Successfully complete EYE (if required), College Writing, and Quantitative Reasoning Core courses.
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better.

*Note: These standards are in effect for all MUS, MUE, MUH, MUT, and MUP courses in both the lower and upper divisions of the program.

In March of the sophomore year students will complete the application for admission to Upper Division. This application and review are part of the advising process within ProSeminar IV. Students who fail to meet the above requirements may not enroll in upper division courses.

Recital Information

Senior recital requirements: Presentation of a solo recital in the senior year (or junior year with special permission). The recital contains 30 minutes of music including at least 25 minutes of solo performance; the remainder may be chamber music. Normally the program will be shared with another MUE senior or MUP junior recital. Programs exceeding 30 minutes of music require the special approval of the faculty. A student may not perform the required recital during the semester of Professional Internship.

Composition

In addition to the general recital language provided above, the senior recital for music education majors specializing in composition will meet the following requirements: the recital will consist of 30 minutes of original music for a variety of ensembles (at least 3) ranging from solo to large chamber group. The music featured on the recital must have been composed during the student’s time at USM. 

Jazz Concentration

In addition to the general recital language provided above, the senior recital for music education majors specializing in jazz will consist of a minimum of 25 minutes of jazz repertoire. This repertoire shall demonstrate the student's skills at improvisation, composition/arranging, technical proficiency and musicianship.

Strings and Winds

In addition to the general recital language provided above, the senior recital for music education majors specializing in strings or winds will meet the following requirements: the recital must contain 30 minutes of music including at least 25 minutes of solo performance; the remainder may be chamber music. Students must present a range of pieces demonstrating a variety of historical styles and genres, technical proficiency and musicianship. At least one work must be performed from memory. A pre-recital hearing two weeks prior to the degree recital must be passed before the student may present their recital.

The Professional Internship

This is a field-based student teaching experience. Students are placed with music educator mentors on a full-time basis in order to gain multiple guided and independent teaching experiences. In preparation for the Internship, students in music education must:

  • Successfully complete all required coursework prior to the Internship;
  • Successfully complete all performance juries and the recital prior to the Internship;
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or above;
  • Submit passing scores on the Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills test (must be completed by the sophomore year);
  • Submit passing scores on the Praxis II Music content exam; and
  • Submit proof of successful completion of Maine Department of Education required fingerprinting and background check.

The Capstone Project for Music Education

This is the Professional Portfolio. The Professional Portfolio provides students with an opportunity to reflect upon their own growth and development in the teaching profession. The portfolio will include materials that demonstrate fulfillment of the USM Teacher Certification Standards. Upon completion, the Professional Portfolio is a document suitable for presentation and future reference.

The Professional Education Council, comprised of deans, department chairs, faculty, and school representatives from all programs offering initial teacher preparation, is the governing body for program review and evaluation for all initial-level teacher education programs at USM.

For the purposes of field placements in schools during the educational cluster and internship year, students are required to complete and show documentation of the fingerprinting process outlined by the Maine Department of Education: http://www.maine.gov/doe/cert/fingerprinting/

All students must formally declare their entry into a teacher certification concentration by completing the declaration procedures found on the Office of Educator Preparation web site at http://usm.maine.edu/educator-preparation. Passing Praxis I scores, subscription to Tk20, and two recommendation forms are necessary to complete the declaration process.

Tk20 Subscription:

All undergraduate and graduate students who matriculate into an Educator Preparation program or pathway in USM summer 2013 or later and are accepted as a candidate for their internship year are required to subscribe to the Tk20 online data management system once being accepted as a teacher education candidate and prior to their internship year. The subscription allows students to use the system for assessment, advisement, field-experience, and career portfolio management. The subscription fee covers some of the expenses related to the administration and assessment of the program. For loan purposes, it will be eligible for consideration as part of costs. The subscription is a one-time payment and must be made by each student after they have passed their candidacy process and before the first semester of their internship year. Subscription instructions are posted on the Office of Educator Preparation web site: http://usm.maine.edu/educator-preparation 

 

Please note Professional Education Council Policy:  In order for USM’s Education Preparation Unit program completers to be recommended by the institution to the state for certification or licensure, the candidate must provide evidence of meeting all certification requirements including proficiency on the standards relevant to his/her state approved professional program and this evidence must be compiled and assessed within the context of the Unit’s data management system (i.e., Tk20).