Bachelor of Music with Teacher Certification
This is the appropriate professional degree for students who seek careers in elementary and/or secondary music education. Degree tracks in vocal/general and instrumental music are available. This degree leads to Texas EC-12 teacher certification in music.
The Bachelor of Music with Teacher Certification curriculum has been designed to insure reasonable competence in all graduates, but it is rigorous and time consuming. Although the program can be completed in 9 regular semesters, it requires very heavy course loads to do so. Students whose personal learning styles do not respond well to such pressure, or those who must continue partial employment, should consider attending several summer sessions and/or extending their programs to 10 full semesters. In all cases, however, students are strongly urged to consult with the Music Department Chair or their assigned faculty advisor prior to beginning the program and frequently throughout.
All students seeking the Bachelor of Music with Teacher Certification degree must complete a 122 hr. set of Common Requirements consisting of the Core Curriculum Program (45 hrs.), Common Musicianship coursework (40 hrs.), Common Pedagogy Core (10 hrs.), and Professional Development (27 hrs.). In addition, a 10 hr. Track Specific Techniques Block must be completed.
Student Learning Outcomes
- be able to assess and critique student performances
- have knowledge of music theory, history, literature, and culture
- be able to structure and apply appropriate music pedagogy to form effective instruction in classrooms or ensembles
Specific Degree Requirements
All music majors must meet all general University and College graduation requirements, including Computer Literacy and First Year Seminars, regardless of the following specific degree requirements, unless specifically excused. All music degrees require MUSI 1307 - Elements of Musical Style , which also meets the Core Curriculum Program Fine Arts requirement. No music coursework with a grade lower than “C” will be counted toward the completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Music, the Bachelor of Music with Teacher Certification, or the Bachelor of Music in Performance.