Bachelor of Music in Music Education - Alternate Applied Concentration in Composition (MEI-C)

BMus (55 - 59 hours in music courses; 40 hours in professional education)

Students pursuing this major must meet the entrance and graduation proficiency requirements cited under the BMus Composition major.

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 the program 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 class-room. 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. Complete piano proficiency benchmarks I-VIII
Required Music CoursesCredits
INST 201+ Applied Music (at or above INST 201) 10
COMP 201-202 Applied Composition 6
VOIC 101 Voice (beyond voice proficiency) 1
PERF 485 Senior Capstone: Senior Recital (Composition)
MUS 229 Basic Conducting 2
MUS 430 Instrumental Conducting 2
MUS- Ensembles (7 semesters, zero or 1 credit) 0
MUS 222, 223, or 224 Jazz Workshop 1
PIAN 101- Complete Piano Proficiency Benchmarks 1-8(instrumental concentration only) (0-3)
MHS 230, 280, 380 Music History I, II, III 9
MUS 250 Music in Christian Perspective 2
MTH 220, 221, 227, 228, 325, 326, 327, 328 Theory 16
Advanced theory course chosen from the following courses:
MTH 458 Sixteenth Century Counterpoint or MTH 463 Form and Analysis or MTH courses numbered 500 and above, with permission
Music Total 55-59
Required Professional Education Courses
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 227-242 Strings, Brass, Percussion, Woodwind Techniques 8
MED 351 Elementary School Methods 2
MED 354 Instrumental Methods 2
MED 405 Student Teaching 12
MED 419 Student Teaching Seminar 2
Professional Total 40
Major Total 95 - 99

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 composition half-recital as well as successfully complete music student teaching and its attendant seminar (MED 405, 419).

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