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  • Bachelor of Science in Music Education

    Music Education Major Core Requirements

    (Teacher Certification Programs)

    Instrumental

     

    (This is a guideline that may not reflect all specific requirements or most recent requirement changes. Please consult the Music Student Handbook, the UW-L Course Catalog, Music Department Course Rotation AND your Advising Report in WINGS or any specific requirements or changes)

     

    MUSIC EDUCATION: Instrumental Music Emphasis  (K-12 Band/Orchestra Director)

    60 credits, including music core requirements and the following courses:

     

    Music Education Major Core Requirements (25 Credits):

    MUS 201 – Music History I

    MUS 202 – Music History II

    MUS 235 – Music Theory I

    MUS 236 – Music Theory II

    MUS 237 – MRAS I (Music Reading & Aural Skills)

    MUS 238 – MRAS II

    MUS 301 – Music History III

    MUS 302 – Music History IV

    MUS 335 – Music Theory III

    MUS 336 – Music Theory IV

    MUS 337 – MRAS III

    MUS 338 – MRAS IV

    Successful completion of attendance at 12 concerts per semester for six semesters

     

    i.    Instrumental Music Education Core (11 Credits)

    MUS 149 - Keyboard Competencies IV/Piano Proficiency

    MUS 211 - Basic Conducting

    MUS 263 - Introduction to Music Technology

    MUS 316 - Advanced Instrumental Conducting

    MUS 320 - Orchestration

    MUS 374 - Instrumental Music in the Schools

     

    ii.   Applied Lessons (6 Credits in one instrument)

    Including at least two at the 300 level and one credit at the 400 level (400 level requires recital). Freshmen will enroll in the 200 level courses for a minimum of two semesters.



     

    iii.  Large Ensembles (6 credits from the following)

    MUS 151 - Screaming Eagles Marching Band

    MUS 154 - Symphonic Band

    MUS 155 - Orchestra

    MUS 163 - Wind Ensemble

     

    iv.  Small Ensembles (2 credits from the following)

    MUS 165 – Jazz Ensemble I

    MUS 166 – Jazz Ensemble II

    MUS 166 – Small Ensembles (these are varied – please contact your major ensemble director to find out more information)

     

    NOTE: Auditions for Large and Small Ensembles occur prior to the beginning of the fall academic semester.  Audition material and Audition Request Forms are posted on this website. Please contact the Directors of these bands if you have questions about the schedule and audition information.  If you do not know the director, please contact the Music Office (608-785-8409).

     

     

    v.   Electives (1 credit)

    Any MUA or MUS course EXCEPT MUS 105 – Music Appreciation or MUS 110 – The Listening Experience in Music

     

    vi.  Techniques classes (8 credits excluding major instrument)

    MUS 214 / MUS 215 – String Techniques

    MUS 220 / MUS 221 – Brass Techniques

    MUS 225 / MUS 226 – Percussion Techniques

    MUS 227 / MUS 228 / MUS 229 – Woodwind Techniques

    (additional 1 credit required) Either from MUS 312 – Marching Band & Jazz Ensemble Techniques or MUS 313 – Orchestra Techniques (will be determined by the student's desired teaching area)

     

    Students in the instrumental emphasis must take eight credits of technique courses. Technique courses will be determined by the student’s performance instrument and desired teaching area.   See specific requirements in the UW-L Course Catalog and Music Department Course Rotation available in this handbook.

     

    iv.  Piano Proficiency Requirements for Music Education Major

    All music education students must complete a proficiency in piano, as required by the State Department of Public Instruction.  Piano skills are to include accompanying, harmonizing, transposition, sight-reading, score reading and improvisation

     

    Students are strongly recommended to begin preparation for the piano proficiency by enrolling in MUS 146 and MUS 147 in the Fall Semester of even academic years. 

     

    NOTE: Both successful completion of MUS149 with a grade of "B" or above and completion of the recital requirement (400 level, applied music) must be accomplished prior to student teaching.  Additional teacher education requirements are listed on page here.

     

    Students with a strong background in piano are encouraged to take a keyboard placement exam with the keyboard instructor.  At the beginning of the fall semester, piano placement exams are available to help a student determine how much preparation she or he might need prior to enrolling in MUS 149.  Please see the keyboard instructor to set up a placement exam.  No preparation for the piano placement exam is necessary

    General

     

    (This is a guideline that may not reflect all specific requirements or most recent requirement changes. Please consult the Music Student Handbook, the UW-L Course Catalog, Music Department Course Rotation AND your Advising Report in WINGS or any specific requirements or changes)

     

    MUSIC EDUCATION: General Music Emphasis: (K-12 licensure)

    60 credits, including music core requirements and the following courses:

     

    Music Education Major Core Requirements (25 Credits):

    MUS 201 – Music History I

    MUS 202 – Music History II

    MUS 235 – Music Theory I

    MUS 236 – Music Theory II

    MUS 237 – MRAS I (Music Reading & Aural Skills)

    MUS 238 – MRAS II

    MUS 301 – Music History III

    MUS 302 – Music History IV

    MUS 335 – Music Theory III

    MUS 336 – Music Theory IV

    MUS 337 – MRAS III

    MUS 338 – MRAS IV

    Successful completion of attendance at 12 concerts per semester for six semesters

     

    i.        General Music Core (17 Credits)

    MUS 149 - Keyboard Competencies IV/Piano Proficiency

    MUS 211 - Basic Conducting

    MUS 213 - Class Guitar

    MUS 263 - Introduction to Music Technology

    MUS 321 - Choral Arranging

    MUS 322 - Choral Techniques

    MUS 328 - Diction in Music

    MUS 349 - Vocal Accompanying (or substitute MUA 314 - Applied piano for pianists)

    MUS 371 - General Music in the Junior/Senior High School

    MUS 372 - Methods and Materials in Elementary School Music

     

    ii.         Applied Lessons

    OPTION 1: Studying Voice

    2 credits of MUA 221 (applied voice lessons)

    2 credits of MUA 321 (applied voice lessons)

     

    OPTION 2: Studying an Instrument

    2 credits of MUA 221 (applied voice lessons)

    A minimum of 4 credits on one instrument, including 2 credits at the 300 -level applied lesson courses

     

    iii.        Large Ensembles (6 credits)

    MUS 151 - Screaming Eagles Marching Band

    MUS 153 - Concert Choir

    MUS 155 - Orchestra

    MUS 157 - Männerchor

    MUS 159 - Women's Chorus

    MUS 163 - Wind Ensemble

    MUS 167 - Choral Union

     

    iv.        Small Ensembles (2 credits)

    MUS 152 - Opera Workshop (oared occasionally – please schedule accordingly)

    MUS 168 - Vocal Jazz)

    MUS 169 - Chamber Choir

    MUS 161 - Small Ensembles (these are varied – please contact your major ensemble director to find out more information).

     

    NOTE: Auditions for Large and Small Ensembles occur prior to the beginning of the fall academic semester.  Audition material and Audition Request Forms are posted on this website. Please contact the Directors of these bands if you have questions about the schedule and audition information.  If you do not know the director, please contact the Music Office (608-785-8409).

     

    v.         Electives

    Electives (for voice, 3 credits): any MUA or MUS course except MUS 105 - Music Appreciation and MUS 110 - Listening Experience in Music.

     OR

    Electives (for instruments, 1 credit): any MUA or MUS course except MUS 105 - Music Appreciation and MUS 110 - Listening Experience in Music.

     

    Note: Successful completion of MUS 149 with a grade of "B" or above must be accomplished prior to student teaching.  Additional teacher education requirements are listed on page here.


    Choral

     

    (This is a guideline that may not reflect all specific requirements or most recent requirement changes. Please consult the Music Student Handbook, the UW-L Course Catalog, Music Department Course Rotation AND your Advising Report in WINGS or any specific requirements or changes)

     

    MUSIC EDUCATION: Choral Music Emphasis: (K-12 licensure)

    60 credits, including music core requirements and the following courses:

     

    Music Education Major Core Requirements (25 Credits):

    MUS 201 – Music History I

    MUS 202 – Music History II

    MUS 235 – Music Theory I

    MUS 236 – Music Theory II

    MUS 237 – MRAS I (Music Reading & Aural Skills)

    MUS 238 – MRAS II

    MUS 301 – Music History III

    MUS 302 – Music History IV

    MUS 335 – Music Theory III

    MUS 336 – Music Theory IV

    MUS 337 – MRAS III

    MUS 338 – MRAS IV

    Successful completion of attendance at 12 concerts per semester for six semesters

     

    Choral Music Core (17 Credits)

    MUS 149 - Keyboard Competencies IV/Piano Proficiency

    MUS 211 - Basic Conducting

    MUS 213 - Class Guitar

    MUS 263 - Introduction to Music Technology

    MUS 318 - Advanced Choral Conducting

    MUS 321 - Choral Arranging

    MUS 328 - Diction in Music

    MUS 349 - Vocal Accompanying (or substitute MUA 314 - Applied piano for pianists)

    MUS 373 - Choral Music in the Middle/Senior High School

     

    ii.         Applied Lessons (6 credits)

    Including at least 2 credits at the 300 level and 1 credit at the 400 level

    Select from Applied Voice: MUA 221, MUA 321 and MUA 471 - Recital

     

    iii.        Large Ensembles (6 credits)

    MUS 153 - Concert Choir

    MUS 157 - Männerchor

    MUS 159 - Women's Chorus

    MUS 167 - Choral Union

    (2 credits must be from MUS 153 and/or MUS 167)

     

    iv.        Small Ensembles (2 credits)

    MUS 152 - Opera Workshop (oared occasionally – please schedule accordingly)

    MUS 165 - Jazz Ensemble I

    MUS 166 - Jazz Ensemble II

    MUS 168 - Vocal Jazz

    MUS 169 - Chamber Choir

    MUS 161 - Small Ensembles (these are varied – please contact your major ensemble director to find out more information).

     

    NOTE: Auditions for Large and Small Ensembles occur prior to the beginning of the fall academic semester.  Audition material and Audition Request Forms are posted on this website. Please contact the Directors of these bands if you have questions about the schedule and audition information.  If you do not know the director, please contact the Music Office (608-785-8409).

     

    v.         Electives (4 credits)

    Any MUA or MUS course except MUS 105 - Music Appreciation and MUS 110 - Listening Experience in Music.

     

    Note: Successful completion of MUS 149 with a grade of "B" or above and successfully complete the recital requirement (400 level, applied music) prior to student teaching.  Additional teacher education requirements are listed on page here.