Bachelor of Music in Music Education - Vocal emphasis (MEV)

BMus (62-68 hours in music courses; 32 hours in professional education courses)

Music education curricula prepare students for teaching music in grades PK-12. Entrance levels and graduation requirements vary for the four curricula as outlined below. These curricula meet all teacher certification requirements of the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York.

Admission to the path within the Houghton College Teacher Education area is by application, and continuation in this path requires meeting the standards outlined below.  The Teacher Education Committee takes into account each candidate’s prospects for successful completion of courses and field placement requirements in its decisions. Preparing to become a music teacher involves more than academic preparation in the college classroom. Part of the process of becoming an effective music educator includes cultivating professional behaviors, attitudes and dispositions that are expected of professionals in this field.  To that end, prospective teacher education students must demonstrate acceptable evidence of professional dispositions for admittance into and continuation along this path.

For admission to the appropriate path within the Houghton College Teacher Education area, the student must:

  1. Complete an application (available from the department office, 200 Chamberlain Center or from the office of the Coordinator of Music Education),
  2. Receive formal sophomore review approval from the music faculty,
  3. Successfully complete the writing sample assessment,
  4. Present a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5,
  5. Demonstrate acceptable evidence of professional dispositions, and
  6. Receive formal approval from the Teacher Education Committee.

To be approved for music student teaching, a student must:

  1. Complete and submit the Application for Professional Field Semester by the end of the second week of the spring semester prior to the requested fall semester placements,
  2. Have successfully completed all appropriate music education courses as outlined in the college catalog,
  3. Have completed MED 210, 211 and 100 clock hours of observation in public or private schools,
  4. Have successfully completed all required professional education courses as follows: EDUC 217 or 218, 219 and 235,
  5. Present a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.7,
  6. Demonstrate acceptable evidence of professional dispositions,
  7. Complete all state-mandated training sessions required for certification by the end of the sophomore year (completed in EDUC 202 Topics in Professionalism),
  8. Complete all of the required contact hours, and
  9. Receive formal approval from the Teacher Education Committee.
  10. Must complete Piano Provicency prior to Student Teaching.
Required Music CoursesCredits
INST 201-402 Applied Concentration (minimum 7 hours at or above INST 401) 19
MED 200 Vocal Methods  (Beyond voice proficiency; keyboard concentration only) 1
PERF 485 Senior Capstone: Senior Recital 0
MUS 229 Basic Conducting 2
MUS 329 Choral Conducting 2

 Complete Piano Proficiency Benchmarks 1-8

MUS- Ensembles (7 semesters, with or without credits) 0
MUS 353 Opera Theatre 1
PIAN 101- Complete Piano Proficiency Benchmarks 1-8 (voice concentration only) (0 - 6)
MHS 230, 280, 380 Music History I-III 9
MUS 219-220 Foreign Language Diction 2
MUS 250 Music in Christian Perspective 2
MUS 356 Vocal Pedagogy (voice concentration only) (2)
MTH 220, 221, 227, 228, 325, 326, 327, 328, 367 Theory
Music Total 58-64
Required Professional Education CoursesCredits
EDUC 202 Topics in Professionalism 0
EDUC 219 Educational Psychology 4
EDUC 217 Education & American Culture  4
EDUC 235 Educating Exceptional Learners 4
MED 210 Field Experience in Music Education 2
MED 211 Workshop: Language Acquisition and Literacy Development 0
MED 351 Elementary School Methods 2
MED 352 Secondary School Methods 2
MED 405 Student Teaching 12
MED 419 Student Teaching Seminar 2
Professional Total 32
Major Total 90-96

As a culminating experience in any bachelor of music curriculum, the degree candidate shall successfully complete the senior capstone experience. Music education majors prepare and present a solo half-recital as well as successfully complete music student teaching and its attendant seminar (MED 405, 419).

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