Major in Music Education - Bachelor of Science Degree

Students majoring in Music Education are required to complete the courses listed under the requirements tab, the Music Education Professional Core Courses and the Core Curriculum. Students choose either the Instrumental Music Education Concentration or the Vocal-General Music Education Concentration. Students will also complete a criminal background check as required by the school system in which the internship is located prior to entry into the capstone internship.

Successful completion of the program enables students to apply to the Maryland State Department of Education for certification to teach Music at the PreK-12 level in Maryland and other states. Certification requires admission to the Music Education Program, successful completion of courses and requirements in the Music Education degree program, meeting the Basic Skills Assessment Requirement, and passing the edTPA Pedagogy Assessment and Praxis II Content exam.

Requirements for Admission to the Music Education Program

Admission Requirements for Teacher Education

The Teacher Education Executive Board, representing all initial teacher education programs at Towson University, utilizes the following minimum requirements as conditions for admission into teacher education programs, maintaining candidate status and formal entry into the capstone internship. Programs may include additional requirements for admission into the program and/or the capstone internship.

The College of Education admits students either as freshmen or as undergraduate transfer students from accredited, post-secondary institutions. During the freshman and sophomore years, students are generally engaged in pre-professional courses or courses that fulfill Core Curriculum requirements, as well as all identified prerequisites (e.g., specific and sequential courses in Core Curriculum) for admission to COE screened majors and programs.

All College of Education undergraduate programs are screened majors. As an integral part of the teaching/learning experience, students work with advisers in a strategic planning process across all years at TU. Accordingly, to support student success, all COE students are required to confer prior to registration each term with their assigned advisers.

I. PROCEDURES AND REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO ALL TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAMS

  1. Complete a self-disclosure criminal background form to be submitted to the major department with the application. 
  2. Submit an application for formal admission to the program. Students seeking admission to teacher education programs must contact their department chairperson or program coordinator by 45 credit hours for program-specific procedures and requirements for admission to professional education programs.
  3. A cumulative/overall GPA of 3.00 or higher is required for admission to an initial licensure teacher education program.

    1. Applicants with a GPA between 2.50 - 2.99 may be admitted conditionally if they provide evidence of passing scores on a Basic Skills Assessment* as identified by the Maryland State Department of Education (i.e. SAT, ACT, GRE, Praxis Core) and receive approval from the department chairperson/program coordinator.

      *Candidates may apply for a test waiver directly to the department. Such waivers should only be granted if it is predicted, based on the individual candidate’s transcript data, that the candidate’s final cumulative/overall GPA will be above a 3.00.

II. ADDITIONAL TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAMS REQUIREMENTS

After admission to the Department of Music, there are additional steps students must complete to become a Music Education major. Students in their sophomore year must apply for formal admission into the Music Education Program when they have met the above requirements as well as the following:

  1. Completion of at least 45 earned college units;
  2. Passing of MUED 194

III.  PROCEDURES AND REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRY INTO CAPSTONE INTERNSHIP FOR ALL PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS

  1. Complete a criminal background check as required by the school system in which the internship is located;
  2. All required coursework for the degree has been completed; and
  3. Submit an application in Tk20 for full-time internship.

This is a screened program. 

Music Education Major Requirements 

Students must complete the required courses in Music Education (78 units) and the requirements for one of the following concentrations: Instrumental Music Education (24 units) or Vocal-General Music Education (24 units) for a total of 102 units. Music Education majors must complete minimum 24 upper-level (300-400) units in MUSC (Music), Music Applied (MUSA), and/or Music Education (MUED) courses toward the major at Towson University. 

Theory and Musicianship
MUSC 131MUSIC THEORY AND MUSICIANSHIP I2
MUSC 132MUSIC THEORY II2
MUSC 134MUSICIANSHIP II2
MUSC 231MUSIC THEORY III2
MUSC 233MUSICIANSHIP III2
MUSC 232MUSIC THEORY IV2
MUSC 234MUSICIANSHIP IV2
MUSC 287CREATIVE MUSIC TECHNOLOGY3
Music History and Culture
MUSC 202MUSIC CULTURES OF THE WORLD3
MUSC 303HISTORY OF MUSIC IN THE EUROPEAN CLASSICAL TRADITION3
Select one of the following 400-level music history and culture courses3
ADVANCED MUSIC HISTORY
CONTEMPORARY MUSIC
SURVEY OF OPERA
SYMPHONIC LITERATURE
MUSIC IN THE U.S.
JAZZ HISTORY
MUSIC IN LATIN AMERICA
MUSC 47x
SPECIAL TOPICS IN MUSIC
Additional Music Content
MUSA xxx Applied Lessons in a Single Medium 17
MUSA 190PIANO CLASS I1
MUED 194FUNCTIONAL TECHNIQUES I: PIANO AND GUITAR2
MUSC 221INTRODUCTION TO CONDUCTING2
MUSC 335CHORAL AND INSTRUMENTAL ARRANGING3
Professional Music Education
EDUC 202HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES: AMERICA'S URBAN SCHOOLS3
MUED 111INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC EDUCATION2
MUED 211FOUNDATIONS OF MUSIC EDUCATION2
MUED 310INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC IN SPECIAL EDUCATION3
MUED 311RESEARCH AND ASSESSMENT METHODS IN MUSIC EDUCATION3
MUED 324INTEGRATING LITERACY IN THE MUSIC CLASSROOM I3
MUED 401INTEGRATING LITERACY IN THE MUSIC CLASSROOM II3
PSYC 101INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 201EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY3
Student Internship Capstone
The following three courses are taken concurrently during the final term.
MUED 491INTERNSHIP IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MUSIC5
MUED 492INTERNSHIP IN SECONDARY SCHOOL MUSIC5
MUED 493INTERN SEMINAR2
Total Units78
1

Music Education majors must complete 7 units of applied lessons in their primary performance area over 7 terms of study. Students must also pass an upper-division jury to enroll in 300- and 400-level lessons. 

Instrumental Music Education Concentration (24 units)

Wind and Percussion students: All music education majors are required to be in at least one ensemble per term of their seven terms of coursework. Five terms in Symphonic Band or Orchestra (one of these terms may be fulfilled by Concert Band) (5 units); one term in World Music Ensemble or any Jazz/Commercial ensemble (1 unit); two terms in Marching Band (2 units); one term in Conducting Lab Ensemble (.5 units).

String studentsAll music education majors are required to be in at least one ensemble per term of their seven terms of coursework. Six terms in Symphonic Band or Orchestra (one of these terms may be fulfilled by concert band) (6 units); one term in World Music Ensemble or any Jazz/Commercial ensemble (1 unit); one term in an ensemble other than Symphonic Band or Orchestra (1 unit); one term in Conducting Lab Ensemble (.5 units).

MUSA xxxEnsembles (see above for specific distribution requirements)8.5
MUED 200IMPROVISATION AND JAZZ TECHNIQUES1
MUED 201BRASS TECHNIQUES1
MUED 203STRING TECHNIQUES1
MUED 205WOODWIND TECHNIQUES1
MUED 207PERCUSSION TECHNIQUES 11
MUED 210VOICE TECHNIQUES1
MUED 301MARCHING BAND TECHNIQUES0.5
MUED 329TEACHING INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC FROM THE PODIUM3
MUED 407METHODS OF TEACHING ELEMENTARY INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC2
MUED 409METHODS OF TEACHING SECONDARY INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC2
MUED 408PRACTICUM IN ELEMENTARY INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC EDUCATION1
MUED 410PRACTICUM IN SECONDARY INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC EDUCATION1
Total Units24
1

 Percussion students shall substitute MUED 220 for MUED 207.

Vocal-General Music Education Concentration (24 units)

Keyboard students (7 terms): All music education majors are required to be in at least one ensemble per term of their seven terms of coursework. Three terms in any choral ensemble, two of which must be Chorale or Chamber Singers; one term in Music for the Stage; one term in World Music Ensemble; one term in Solo and Ensemble Accompanying; and one term selected from Chamber Singers, Early Music Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble-Vocal, Jazz Ensemble-Combo, Pop Ensemble, or Music Theatre Chorus.

Vocal students (7 terms): All music education majors are required to be in at least one ensemble per term of their seven terms of coursework. Three terms in Chorale or Choral Society, one of which must be Chorale; one term in Music for the Stage; one term in World Music Ensemble; and two terms selected from Chamber Singers, Early Music Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble-Vocal, Jazz Ensemble- Combo, Pop Ensemble, or Music Theatre Chorus.

Guitar students (7 terms): All music education majors are required to be in at least one ensemble per term of their seven terms of coursework. Three terms in any choral ensemble, two which must be Chorale or Chamber Singers; two terms in Guitar Ensemble; one term in World Music Ensemble; and one term in any ensemble.

MUSA xxxEnsembles (see above for specific distribution requirements)7
MUED xxxWorkshops in Music Education (choice of two 1-unit courses) 12
MUED 216VOCAL PEDAGOGY FOR MUSIC EDUCATORS 22
MUED 294FUNCTIONAL TECHNIQUES II: PIANO AND GUITAR2
MUED 327TEACHING CHORAL MUSIC FROM THE PODIUM3
MUED 337METHODS OF TEACHING ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY CHORAL MUSIC2
MUED 403METHODS OF TEACHING PREK-8 VOCAL-GENERAL MUSIC2
MUED 405METHODS OF TEACHING SECONDARY VOCAL-GENERAL MUSIC2
MUED 404PRACTICUM IN PREK-ELEMENTARY VOCAL-GENERAL MUSIC EDUCATION1
MUED 406PRACTICUM IN SECONDARY VOCAL-GENERAL MUSIC EDUCATION1
Total Units24
1

To be selected from MUED 200; MUED 271; or MUSC 47x: SPECIAL TOPICS IN MUSIC, if the topic is a 1-unit workshop in music education.

2

General (instrumental) students shall substitute MUED 210 and MUED 221 for MUED 216.

Instrumental Music Education Concentration Suggested Four-Year Plan

Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences will probably vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate elective choices.

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
MUED 2xx: Techniques (Voice, Percussion or Jazz/Improvisation)1MUED 1112
Choose one:1MUED 1942
MUSA 160 (wind and percussion students only)
MUED 2xx: Techniques (Brass, Woodwinds, percussion or strings)1
MUSA xxx: Ensemble (string students only)
MUSC 1322
MUSA 1901MUSC 1342
MUSA 1xx: Applied Lesson in Performance Area1MUSA 1xx: Applied Lesson in Performance Area1
MUSC 1312MUSA xxx: Ensemble1
PSYC 101 (Core 6)3PSYC 201 (if PSYC 101 taken Term 1)3
Core 1 (or Core 2)3Core 2 (or Core 1)3
Core 33 
 15 17
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
MUED 21112EDUC 202 (Core 10)3
MUED 2xx: Techniques (Voice, Percussion or Jazz Improvisation) 1MUED 2xx: Techniques (Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion or Strings)1
MUSA 2xx: Applied Lesson in Performance Area1MUED 32413
MUSC 202 (Core 12)3MUSA 1760.5
MUSC 2312MUSA 2xx: Applied Lesson in Performance Area1
MUSC 2332MUSA xxx: Ensemble1
MUSC 287 (Core 4)3MUSC 2322
Choose One:1MUSC 2342
MUSA 160 (wind and percussion students only)
MUSC 3033
MUSA xxx: Ensemble (string students only)
 
Core 53 
 18 16.5
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
MUED 2xx: Techniques (Voice, Percussion or Jazz/Improvisation)1MUED 2xx: Techniques (Voice, Percussion or Jazz/Improvisation)1
MUED 31013MUED 3293
MUED 311 (Core 9)3MUED 4072
MUSA 3xx: Applied Lesson in Performance Area1MUSA 3xx: Applied Lesson in Performance Area1
MUSA xxx: Ensemble1MUSA xxx: Ensemble1
MUSC 2212Core 83-4
MUSC 3353Core 113
Core 74Core 133
 18 17-18
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
MUED 3010.5MUED 49125
MUED 40113MUED 49225
MUED 40821MUED 4932
MUED 4092 
MUED 41021 
MUSA 4xx: Applied Lesson in Performance Area1 
MUSA xxx: Ensemble1 
MUSA xxx: Ensemble1 
MUSC xxx (400-level Music History/Culture Course)3 
Core 143 
 16.5 12
Total Units 130-131
1

Field Experience associated with course.

2

Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) 100 days requirement (minimum 600 hours across two consecutive terms) in public school settings.

Vocal-General Music Education Concentration Suggested Four-Year Plan

Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences will probably vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate elective choices.

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
MUSA 1901MUED 1112
MUSA 1xx: Applied Lesson in Performance Area1MUED 1942
MUSA xxx: Ensemble1MUED 2001
MUSC 1312MUSA 1xx: Applied Lesson in Performance Area1
PSYC 101 (Core 6 )3MUSA xxx: Ensemble1
Core 1 (or Core 2)3MUSC 1322
Core 33MUSC 1342
Core 53PSYC 201 (if PSYC 101 taken Term 1)3
 Core 2 (or Core 1)3
 17 17
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
MUED 210 (piano and guitar students only)1EDUC 202 (Core 10)3
MUED 2112MUED 32423
MUED 2201MUSA 2xx: Applied Lesson in Performance Area1
MUED 2942MUSA xxx: Ensemble1
MUSA 2xx: Applied Lesson in Performance Area1MUSC 2322
MUSA xxx: Ensemble1MUSC 2342
MUSC 202 (Core 12)3MUSC 3033
MUSC 2312Choose One:1-2
MUSC 2332
MUED 216 (voice students only)
MUSC 287 (Core 4)3
MUED 221 (piano and guitar students only)
 18 16-17
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
MUED 271 (or MUSA 47x)1MUED 3273
MUED 31023MUED 4052
MUED 311 (Core 9)3MUSA 3xx: Applied Lesson in Performance Area1
MUSA 3xx: Applied Lesson in Performance Area1MUSA xxx: Ensemble1
MUSA xxx: Ensemble1Core 83-4
MUSC 2212Core 113
MUSC 3353Core 133
Core 74 
 18 16-17
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
MUED 3372MUED 49115
MUED 40123MUED 49215
MUED 40312MUED 4932
MUED 4041 
MUED 40611 
MUSA 4xx: Applied Lesson in Performance Area1 
MUSA xxx: Ensemble1 
MUSC xxx (400-level Music History/Culture Elective)3 
Core 143 
 17 12
Total Units 131-133
1

Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) 100 days requirement (minimum 600 hours across two consecutive terms) in public school settings.

2

 Field experiences associated with course.

  1. Students will demonstrate knowledge of content, methodologies, philosophies, materials, technologies, and curriculum development in music education.
  2. Students can effectively plan classroom-based instruction.
  3. Students will apply analytical and pedagogical knowledge to curriculum development, lesson planning and daily classroom and performance activities.
  4. Students will demonstrate an understanding of evaluative techniques and the ability to apply them in assessing both the musical progress of students and the objectives and procedures of the curriculum.
  5. Students will demonstrate functional performance ability in keyboard proficiency.