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In the Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree, you will acquire skills and knowledge to teach and direct band, orchestra, choir, and general music while engaging with techniques that embrace progressive approaches and ensembles that include, but are not limited to, digital music making, mariachi, pop/rock ensembles, steel drum, and hip-hop.

Sample sequences of Music Education coursework in Bachelor of Music Degree

In addition to the Bachelor of Music Degree and University General Education (GE) Graduation requirements, Music Education coursework includes the following:

Undergraduate Sample Sequence

Fall

Core Music Education Courses

  • MUS 125E: Strings

Spring

Core Music Education Courses

  • MUS 125H: Vocal
  • MUS 126A: Choir Lab

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Fall

Core Music Education Courses

  • MUS 125D: Percussion
  • MUS 126B: Band Lab

  • MUS 273A: Diction

Spring

Core Music Education Courses

  • MUS 125B: Woodwinds
  • MUS 125C: Brass
  • MUS 126B: Band Lab
  • Piano Proficiency Exam

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Fall

Core Music Education Courses

  • MUS 125F: Digital & Electronic Instruments
  • MUS 326: Conducting
  • MUS 387: Foundations in Elementary General Music

  • MUS 440B: Beginning Jazz Methods

  • EDSS 300N: Introduction to Teaching Music

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Spring

Core Music Education Courses

  • MUS 484: Arranging
  • MUS 486A: Emerging Practices in Music Education (Classroom)
  • Recital

  • MUS 422: Advanced Choral Conducting

  • MUS 425: Advanced Instrumental Conducting

  • HSC 411B: Health Science for Secondary Teachers

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Fall

Core Music Education Courses

  • MUS 487: Emerging Methods in Music Ed

  • MUS 382A: Choral Methods & Lit I

  • MUS 382B: Instrumental Methods & Lit I
  • MUS 480: Marching Band Techniques

  • EDSP 355B: Collaborative Models of Inclusion

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Spring

Core Music Education Courses

  • MUS 486B: Emerging Practices in Music Education (Ensembles)

  • MUS 440D: Practical Piano for Music Education Majors
  • MUS 482A: Choral Methods & Lit II

  • MUS 482B: Instrumental Methods & Lit II

  • EDP 301: Child Development and Learning

*or*

  • EDP 302: Early and Late Adolescent Development

*or*

  • EDP 305: Educational Psychology

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Fall

  • EDSE 435: US Secondary Schools—Intercultural Education
  • EDSE 436: Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment and Classroom Management
  • EDSE 457: Reading and Writing in Secondary School
  • EDSS 450N: Curriculum and Methods in Teaching—Music

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Spring


  • EDSS 472A, 472B, 472C: Student Teaching
  • EDSS 473: Student Teaching Seminar

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Transfer Sample Sequence

Fall

Core Music Education Courses

  • MUS 125E: Strings
  • MUS 125H: Vocal
  • MUS 126A: Choir Lab

  • MUS 273A: Diction

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Spring

Core Music Education Courses

  • MUS 125D: Percussion
  • MUS 125B: Woodwinds
  • MUS 125C: Brass
  • MUS 126B: Band Lab

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Fall

Core Music Education Courses

  • MUS 125F: Digital & Electronic Instruments
  • MUS 326: Conducting
  • MUS 387: Foundations in Elementary General Music

  • MUS 440B: Beginning Jazz Methods

  • EDSS 300N: Introduction to Teaching Music

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Spring

Core Music Education Courses

  • MUS 484: Arranging
  • MUS 486A: Emerging Practices in Music Education (Classroom)
  • Recital

  • MUS 422: Advanced Choral Conducting

  • MUS 425: Advanced Instrumental Conducting

  • HSC 411B: Health Science for Secondary Teachers

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Fall

Core Music Education Courses

  • MUS 487: Emerging Methods in Music Ed

  • MUS 382A: Choral Methods & Lit I

  • MUS 382B: Instrumental Methods & Lit I
  • MUS 480: Marching Band Techniques

  • EDSP 355B: Collaborative Models of Inclusion

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Spring

Core Music Education Courses

  • MUS 486B: Emerging Practices in Music Education (Ensembles)

  • MUS 440D: Practical Piano for Music Education Majors
  • MUS 482A: Choral Methods & Lit II

  • MUS 482B: Instrumental Methods & Lit II

  • EDP 301: Child Development and Learning

*or*

  • EDP 302: Early and Late Adolescent Development

*or*

  • EDP 305: Educational Psychology

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Fall

  • EDSE 435: US Secondary Schools—Intercultural Education
  • EDSE 436: Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment and Classroom Management
  • EDSE 457: Reading and Writing in Secondary School
  • EDSS 450N: Curriculum and Methods in Teaching—Music

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Spring

  • EDSS 472A, 472B, 472C: Student Teaching
  • EDSS 473: Student Teaching Seminar

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Bachelor of Music—Music Education, Option in Instrumental Music and Bachelor of Music—Music Education, Option in Choral-Vocal Music

The Subject Matter Program in Music is designed to provide students with a foundation in music (theory, history, literature, performance, applied music, conducting, and music education including the academic and creative aspects of music learning and performance), while also providing the training and experiences necessary for a successful teaching career in the ethnically and culturally diverse California public schools. Prospective teachers in the program are exposed to a variety of teaching styles, including cooperative learning, project-based instruction, and expository, activity-based, and interactive teaching styles. The music faculty believes that a skilled teacher provides engaging, meaningful, and intellectually challenging learning opportunities for all students by drawing on a strong foundation in music and the liberal arts for a broad understanding of the historical, aesthetic, spiritual, and political condition; a deep knowledge of subject-specific content, a range of pedagogical strategies to utilize appropriate teaching contexts; and a sensitive understanding of students from different backgrounds with diverse social, emotional, and intellectual needs.

Upon completion of their degree (a four-year program), music education majors receive a Bachelor of Music in Music Education (pre-certification), and may choose to apply to the Credential Program through the College of Education. During this fifth-year of study, students complete a series of courses and a directed teaching (student teaching) experience, leading to the California Single Subject Teaching Credential in Music.

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