Bachelor of Music
Music Education - Choral Concentration
College of the Arts
Schwob School of Music
- Program Description
- Admission Requirements
- Learning Outcomes
- Additional Program Requirements
- Program of Study
- 4 Year Course Schedule
The Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree prepares students to become professional music educators. It provides skilled musicians the opportunity to develop expertise as a classroom teacher and ensemble director in K-12 music programs. Much like the Music Performance degree program, students also study applied music on a principal instrument or voice with our artist-faculty and perform in our large ensembles. Music Education students are held to the same high standards of performance as those in other music degree tracks.
The BME degree has two concentrations: Instrumental, and Choral. Coursework is completed at both the CSU College of Education and the Schwob School of Music. Field experiences provide "real-world" experiences for students to transfer directly to the music teaching endeavors after graduation. Our music education faculty specialists, along with applied and ensemble faculty, mentor students through this demanding program, a relationship which continues after graduation.
Educator Preparation at Columbus State University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. The Schwob School of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
Prospective music majors must demonstrate basic aptitude in a performance medium through a placement audition and interview. Transfer students should call the Schwob School for additional audition requirements.
Two contrasting art songs from memory sung in the original language or in English translation with piano accompaniment. Opera arias after the Classical period and musical theatre selections are not acceptable. You may bring a pianist, or an accompanist will be provided for you at a fee. Be prepared to sight read single line melodies (major and minor tonalities), chant/count rhythmic patterns, and sing aural memory passages. Transfer students are required to include a repertoire list of music studied at the college level.
Students will be able to demonstrate
proficiency in applied music through the preparation for and performance of a senior vocal recital that exhibits effective artistic expression.
Students will be able to demonstrate competency in the application of knowledge of music theory through analysis and composition.
Students will be able to demonstrate competency in fundamental musical knowledge and skills through analytical listening, sight-singing conducting, and functional piano skills.
Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the history of western music and the ability to place music in historical/cultural/stylistic contexts through the purposeful use of evidence, insightful reasoning, and supporting details.
Students will be able to demonstrate an informed connection between teaching skills of conducting, cognitive and social development, music theory and musicianship, and the means to impart knowledge to K-12 students, via teaching demonstration, and use of informed and supported research.
Additional Program Requirements
In order to be accepted as a music major, each student must demonstrate aptitude in his/her major instrument or voice through a placement audition and interview with a member of the music faculty. All newly admitted music majors also must take placement examinations in music theory and piano. Music majors who take time off before completing degree requirements will be required to re-audition if they have missed a full academic year (fall and spring, or spring and fall).
Transfer students: Please note that placement in music courses is based on audition and testing results and not necessarily on previous college credit.
All music majors are required to attend all master classes in their major instrument and must perform at least once each semester in a recital or master class. All students enrolled in applied music must be concurrently enrolled in the major music ensemble activity that corresponds to their major instrument (Strings-Orchestra, Winds/Percussion – Wind Ensemble, Voice-Choral Ensemble).
Additional RequirementsStudents must consult the Schwob School of Music Student Handbook for additional information on requirements for graduation. The handbook may be found at https://music.columbusstate.edu/students/student_handbook_2015-16.pdf
Program Of Study
Area B Institutional Options Required Hours: 4-5
Select two of the following courses:
Select one of the following courses: Foreign Language 1001, 1002, 2001, or 2002
Any Area C-E course with a study abroad component.
Note: Students must complete Area B and Area D with a combined total of 15 credit hours within the following ranges: Area B, 4-5 hours; Area D1, 7-8 hours; Area D2, 3-4 hours. Any additional hours may be applied to Area F or beyond, depending on the program of study. Students should consult their advisors.
Area C Humanities/Fine Arts/Ethics Required Hours: 6
Select one of the following humanities courses:
Area D Science/Math/Technology Required Hours: 10-11
D1: Select two science courses from the list below, one of which must include a lab.
ASTR 1105/1305 (lab optional)
BIOL 1215K (lab included)
BIOL 1125 (no lab)
ENVS 1105/1105L (lab optional)
D2: Select one of the following courses or a science course from above:
Area F Courses Rel. to Major Required Hours: 24
A minimum grade of "C" is required of the following courses:
Take the following course four times:
MUSP 1090 Vocal Ensemble Activities
* Note: Students in the Choral-Keyboard Track substitute two semesters of MUSA 1216 (Secondary Applied Voice) for MUSA 2313 and MUSA 2314.
Area G Prog. Requirements Required Hours:46
Choral-Vocal (CH-V); Choral-Guitar (CH-G); Choral-Keyboard (CH-K)
A minimum grade of "C" is required in each of the following courses:
EDUC 2120 Exploring Socio-Cultural Contexts on Diversity in Educational Settings
EDUC 2130 Exploring Learning and Teaching
MUSA 1215 Applied Music - Secondary (Piano for CH-V) or MUSA 1216 Secondary Applied Voice (CH-G and CH-K) Take the appropriate course above two times
MUSA 2315 Keyboard 3/Proficiency
MUSA 3305 Half Recital
MUSA 4221/4321 Applied Music (Voice for CH-V, Guitar for CH-G, Piano/Organ for CH-K) Take 3 times
MUSC 1000 Convocation (six semesters)
MUSC 2301 Music Skills 3
MUSC 2302 Music Skills 4
MUSC 3228 Music History to Mozart
MUSC 3229 Music History Beethoven to Present
MUSE 2105 Instrumental Methods
MUSE 3201 Basic Conducting
MUSE 3202 Intermediate Conducting
MUSE 3206 Introduction to Music Education
MUSE 3221 Vocal Pedagogy 1
MUSE 3222 Vocal Pedagogy 2
MUSE 3241 English and Italian Diction
MUSE 3242 German Diction
MUSE 3243 French Diction
MUSE 4215 Choral Skills, Techniques, and Repertoire
MUSP 3090 Voc Ensem Act (take three times)
Area H Prof. Educ. Requirements Required Hours: 23
A minimum grade of "C" is required in each of the following courses:
(Courses in this area require Admission to Teacher Education Program.)
EDUF 4205 Technology for the 21st Century Classroom
MUSE 3000 Music Ed Field Experience
MUSE 4205 Elementary School Music Methods
Total Hours Required: 132