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Bachelor of Music in Music Education

The Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) in Music Education curricula prepare students for teaching music birth-grade 12.  Entrance levels and graduation requirements vary for the two 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.

Houghton’s Music Education remains strongly performance-oriented:  All music education majors take full one-hour private lessons in their major performance concentration during each semester of residence.  A degree recital is required.

Houghton’s student teaching internship comprises a full semester of teaching divided between two different placements at different teaching levels.  The internship is normally undertaken in the fall semester of the senior year in conjunction with the Student Teaching Seminar.

Held in excellent regard by regional music teachers, our interns are in demand for excellent placements during student teaching and have a fine record of job placement (often 100%) after graduation.

Degree Requirements

Music Education Instrumental Emphasis Requirements, 135 credit hours

Music Requirements*63-66
INST 201-402 Applied Music (Private Lessons) 19
MUS 250 Music in Christian Perspective: 2
MTH 225-7, 235-7, 367
Music Theory 14
MTH 226, 228,326
Aural Skills 4
MHS 231-334
Music History & Literature 10
MUS 229, 430
Conducting, minimum 4
MED 214-218
Instrument Studies 4
MUS -
Music Ensemble Lab ea. Sem. 0
MKBD I-III
Practical Keyboard 0-3
MUS 223
Jazz Workshop, min. 1

Music Electives 0-3
PERF 485
Capstone: Degree Recital 0
Professional Education*39

Music Education Coursework 13

Education Coursework 12

Student Teaching/Seminar 14
Integrative Studies (IS)‡ (Liberal Arts)36

* See College Music Catalog for specific requirements and course descriptions.

‡ See College Catalog for a full description of Houghton’s IS requirements for the Bachelor of Music degree.

Music Education Vocal Emphasis Requirements, 135 credit hours

Music Requirements*63-68
INST 201-402
Applied Music (Private Lessons) 19
MUS 250 Music in Christian Perspective: 2
MTH 225-7, 325-7, 367 Music Theory 14
MTH 226, 228, 326 Aural Skills 4
MHS 231-334
Music History & Literature 10
MUS 229, 430 Conducting, minimum 4
MED 214-218 Instrument Studies 4
MUS - Music Ensemble Lab ea. Sem. 0
MKBD I-VI
Prac. Keyboard or Voice Supp. 0-6
MUS 353 Opera Theatre, min. 1
PERF 485 Capstone: Degree Recital 0
Music Electives 0-3
Professional Education*39
Music Education Coursework 13
Education Coursework 12
Student Teaching/Seminar 14
Integrative Studies (IS)‡ (Liberal Arts)36

* See College Music Catalog for specific requirements and course descriptions. Supporting requirements vary depending on whether the major instrument concentration is voice or keyboard.

‡ See College Catalog for a full description of Houghton’s IS requirements for the Bachelor of Music degree.