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Bachelor of Music - Option in Music Education: Instrumental Music (132 units)

The Bachelor of Music degree is a high-unit professional degree and requires 132 units for graduation. Music units include the core requirements and one option. Students interested in the BM program must successfully complete an audition for entrance to the program. This should be accomplished prior to entrance to the University. Students wishing to consider the BM program after they have enrolled at CSULB may not apply after they have completed more than a maximum of 96 units.


Take the following course for 4 units:

  • MUS 129 Individual Instruction for Music Majors (1)
    Prerequisite: None

Take the following course for 4 units:

  • MUS 429 Individual Instruction for Music Majors (2)
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Upper-Division Screening Exam on applied instrument

Take all of the following:

  • MUS 122A Class Voice (1)
    Prerequisite: None
  • MUS 326 Conducting (2)
    Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
  • MUS 382B Beginning Instrumental Techniques and Literature (3)
    Prerequisite: Three instrumental methods courses from the MUS 125 series.
  • MUS 425 Advanced Instrumental Conducting (2)
    Prerequisite: MUS 326 or consent of instructor.
  • MUS 440B Beginning Jazz Methods (2)
    Prerequisites: Music Education major, or consent of instructor. Student must perform on one of the standard Jazz Instruments.
  • MUS 480 Marching Band Techniques (2)
    Prerequisite: None
  • MUS 482B Secondary Literature/Rehearsal Techniques - Instrumental (3)
    Prerequisite: MUS 326, 382B and at least 3 MUS 125 Methods courses.
  • MUS 484 Arranging (2)
    Prerequisites: MUS 142B
  • MUS 485 Music for the Elementary Child (3)
    Prerequisite: None
  • MUS 487A Emerging Methods in Music Education (3)
    Prerequisites: Music Education major and consent of instructor
  • MUS 487B Emerging Methods Chamber Performance (2)
    Prerequisites: MUS 487A or consent of instructor.

Take all of the following courses:

  • MUS 125A, MUS 125B, MUS 125C, MUS 125D, MUS 125E, MUS 125F. MUS 125G, Instrumental Methods (1)

Music Education Proficiency Exam
Taken Spring semester of the Senior year. Music Education students will demonstrate proficiency from
selected MUS 125 methods, Instrumental/Choral Ensemble methods, as well as dispositions and characteristics of an emerging Music Educator.

Single Subject Teaching Credential in Music

Completion of this option meets the subject matter competence requirement for the Single Subject Teaching Credential in Music. In addition to meeting the subject matter competence requirement for the Teaching Credential, prospective Music teachers are also required to complete 45 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 up to 12 units in the credential program 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. CSULB students entering the Credential Program must apply to the graduate program during the last semester before graduation.

The Subject Matter Preparation Program has been approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

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