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Music - The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music

Undergraduate Programs

Option in Instrumental Music (code MUS_BM04) (132 units)

Completion of this option meets the subject matter competence requirement for the Single Subject Preliminary Credential in Music. In addition to meeting the subject matter competence requirement for the Preliminary Credential, prospective Music teachers are also required to complete 44 units of professional preparation in the Single Subject Credential Program, including student teaching. Students may begin the professional preparation courses as early as the junior year. With careful planning, it is possible to complete all of the credential program courses, except for student teaching, as an undergraduate. Courses may also be completed as a post-baccalaureate student. Refer to the Single Subject Teacher Education section of this Catalog or the Single Subject Credential Program website ( for a description of the professional preparation requirements, courses, and application procedures. Prospective students should consult the conservatory's Music Education Advisor early to plan their program.

The Music Subject Matter Program is being revised to meet new state standards. When the revised program has been approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the new course requirements will be in effect and supersede current requirements.


  • Take all the following courses:
    • MUS 129/329 (must be taken for 8 units)
    • MUS 122A Class Voice (1)
    • MUS 125T Instrumental Methods - Music Technology (1)
    • MUS 326 Conducting (2)
    • MUS 382A Instrumental Ensemble Lab (3)
    • MUS 382B Beginning Jazz Ensemble Lab (1)
    • MUS 386 Introduction to Music Education (3)
    • MUS 419 Choral Master Class (1)
    • MUS 425 Advanced Instrumental Conducting (2)
    • MUS 480 Marching Band Techniques (2)
    • MUS 482 Instrumental Rehearsal Techniques & Lit (3)
    • MUS 484 Arranging (2)
    • MUS 485 Music for the Elementary School Child (3)
  • Take 5 additional courses from:
    • MUS 125A Single Reeds/Flute Methods (1)
    • MUS 125B Double Reeds Methods (1)
    • MUS 125C Brass Methods (1)
    • MUS 125D Percussion Methods (1)
    • MUS 125E Strings Methods (1)
    • MUS 125F Guitar Methods (1)