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Teaching Specialty - Music (Instrumental)

Major Requirements

Major: Music Education - Instrumental Music Track

Degree Type: B.Mus
Required Degree Credits to Graduate: 143

General Education Requirements

First Year Experience (F):
UNIV 189Skills For Academic Success (Students transferring in 24 or more credits do not need to take UNIV 189.)1
Communication (C):
ENGL 110College Composition I3
ENGL 120College Composition II3
ENGL 358Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences3
or ENGL 322 Writing and the Creative Process
COMM 110Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
Quantitative Reasoning (R): Select from current general education list3
Science & Technology (S):10
A one-credit lab must be taken as a co-requisite with a general education science/technology course unless the course includes an embedded lab experience equivalent to a one-credit course. Select from current general education list.
Humanities & Fine Arts (A):
MUSC 103Introduction to Music History3
Select from current general education list3
Social & Behavioral Sciences (B):
PSYC 111Introduction to Psychology3
HDFS 230Life Span Development3
or PSYC 250 Developmental Psychology
Wellness (W): Select from current general education list2
Cultural Diversity (D): Select from current general education list
Global Perspectives (G): Select from current general education list
Total Credits40

Major Requirements

  • A GPA of 2.75 or better in the teaching specialty is required for placement in student teaching and exit from the program.
  • A grade of 'C' or better is required in all MUSC prefix courses.
General Education Requirements40
Music Core Requirements for Education Majors54
MUSC 130Theory and Analysis I3
MUSC 131Theory and Analysis II3
MUSC 132Ear Training & Sight Singing I1
MUSC 133Ear Training & Sight Singing II1
MUSC 230Theory and Analysis III3
MUSC 231Theory and Analysis IV3
MUSC 232Ear Training & Sight Singing III1
MUSC 233Ear Training & Sight Singing IV1
MUSC 250Basic Conducting2
MUSC 331Instrumental Arranging2
MUSC 340Music History I3
MUSC 341Music History II3
MUSC 344Wind Band Literature2
MUSC 349Vocal Methods & Pedagogy I2
MUSC 351Instrumental Conducting & Literature2
MUSC 352Choral Conducting & Literature2
MUSC 353Woodwind Methods I2
MUSC 354Woodwind Methods II2
MUSC 355Brass Methods2
MUSC 357Marching Band Methods & Techniques2
or MUSC 358 Jazz Methods
MUSC 359Percussion Methods2
MUSC 380Recital1
or MUSC 480 Recital
MUSC 385Music Entrepreneurship3
MUSC 481Instrumental Music Methods2
MUSC 482Choral Music Methods2
MUSC 483Elementary Music Methods2
Professional Education Requirements28
EDUC 321Introduction to Teaching3
EDUC 322Educational Psychology3
EDUC 451Instructional Planning, Methods and Assessment3
EDUC 485Student Teaching Seminar1
EDUC 486Classroom Management for Diverse Learners3
EDUC 487Student Teaching9
EDUC 488Applied Student Teaching3
EDUC 489Teaching Students of Diverse Backgrounds3
Instrumental Track Requirements24
Major Intrumental Ensemble: Must enroll in MUSC 303 Wind Symphony for 5 semesters and MUSC 111 Marching Band for 2 semesters. 7
Wind Symphony
Marching Band
Minor Ensembles: Must enroll in 2 different semesters as approved by adviser. May be selected from the following ensembles:2
University Band
University Symphony Orchestra
Jazz Ensemble
Brass Chamber Ensemble
Woodwind Chamber Ensemble
String Chamber Ensemble
Mixed Chamber Ensemble
Jazz Combo
Major Choral Ensemble (Must enroll for 2 different semesters as approved by adviser):2
Statesmen of NDSU
University Chamber Singers
Applied Voice:
MUSC 163Voice Class for Instrumentalists2
Performance Attendance: Must enroll in the following for 5 different semesters:
MUSC 180Performance Attendance0
Applied Major Instrument: All students enrolled in applied instruction must participate in a major ensemble specific to their area. Select from the following:7
Applied Piano
Applied Wind Instruments
Applied Percussion Instruments
Applied Upper Strings
Applied Lower Strings
Applied Guitar
2 semesters each of 100 level, 200 level, and 300 level
One semester of 400 level
Applied Piano: Private (MUSC 165) or class (MUSC 160; MUSC 161; MUSC 260; MUSC 261) 4
Applied Piano (up to 2 semesters with permission)
Piano Class I
Piano Class II
Piano Class III
Piano Class IV
Total Credits143

Proficiency Waiver

  • Piano proficiency exam must be completed before student teaching.
  • Piano credit requirements listed may be waived in whole or in part for successful completion of the piano proficiency.
  • Piano majors may fulfill this requirement by accompanying or performance on a secondary medium according to the discretion of the student's applied instructor/adviser.

Degree Requirements and Notes

  • Music majors may not declare a music minor.
  • See School of Education for admission requirements.