The Music Education Program

The Music Education program primarily includes the same sequence of music courses as the music major, several additional music courses (as listed below), and a sequence of courses in education and music education which leads to the Initial New York State teacher certification.

There are two tracks for the music education program. One has a vocal music education concentration and the other has an instrumental concentration.  Students declare which program they intend to follow when they declare a major. Students are also encouraged to take classes outside their concentration.

Vocal Music Education students must complete the following academic music courses:

  • Music Theory I-VI: Music 173-174, 273-274, 373-374
  • Sight Singing I-IV: Music 171-172, 271-272  OR  371 and 372
  • Introduction To the Academic Study of Music: Music 101 (if required)
  • Music History I-IV: Music 246-247, 346-347
  • Conducting I and II: Music 270 and 370
  • Composing and arranging for school ensembles: Music 381
  • Form and analysis: Music 377

Vocal Music Education students must complete the following music education courses:

  • Music 267 Introduction to Music Education (must precede ALL other Music Education courses, minimum B to continue as a music education major). The final exam for this class will include an interview with the music education faculty and a performance on your primary performance medium (instrument or voice) at the MINIMUM level of a solid "A" for a NYSSMA level V piece or higher.
  • Music 166 Group Instruction in Voice (3 hours/1 credit).
  • Music 268 The School Choral Program (3 hours/3 credits).
  • Music 266 Vocal Pedagogy (3 hours/2 credits).
  • Music 365: Seminar in Teaching Music: Elementary (3 hours/3 credits, Spring semester only)
  • Music 366: Seminar in Teaching Music: Secondary (3 hours/3 credits, Fall semester only). These courses are sequential. Music 365 MUST be taken first. Music 366 is taken immediately prior to Student Teaching (Music 369 - Spring semester only).
  • Music 369: Student Teaching (requires MINIMUM 3.0 in Music 365/366 – see Undergraduate Bulletin for other GPA requirements) – Spring only

Vocal Music Education students must complete the following Education Courses
(SEYS: Secondary Education and Youth Services. EECE: Early Elementary and Childhood Education. ECPSE = Education and Community Programs and Special Education):

  • **SEYS 201: Contemporary Education Principles and Practices (3 hours/3 credits). Required by the Division of Education
  • **SEYS 221: Human Development & Learning I (3 hours/3 credits).
  • **EECE 310: Children in Cultural Contexts I: Child Development (3 hours, 3 credits)
  • ** EECE 340: The Early Development of Language and Literacy (3 hours, 3 credits) OR
    • **SEYS 340: Language, Literacy and Culture in Education (3 hours, 3 credits)
  • ECPSE 350: Foundations of Special Education (taken concurrently with Music 366)

** All education courses require weekly observation/ attendance visits at an elementary and/or secondary school.

Special note: Any piano or guitar majors wishing to teach Instrumental Music must minor on a second instrument of the level of being able to perform with either the Orchestra or Wind Ensemble. Such students will be required to perform with either organization for a minimum of four (4) semesters. These students may elect to sing with choral groups for the remaining four semesters.

A series of Sophomore, Junior and Senior Keyboard Proficiency Exams for all music education students is now in effect. Repertoire lists and copies of acceptable pieces are available in the Music Library. No student will be recommended for certification without passing these exams. The Sophomore exam must be passed before taking MUS 365. The junior exam must be passed before taking MUS 366.  No student will receive a grade in Student Teaching until the Senior exam is passed. Exams will be given in the spring semester each year only.

In compliance with New York State Certification and Queens College requirements the student must complete  the following non-credit requirements:

  • attend a drug abuse seminar
  • attend a child abuse seminar
  • attend a seminar on School Violence and Intervention
  • attend a seminar on School Safety
  • pass The New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (LAST, ATS-W and CST)

Students who satisfactorily complete the course of study above will be granted Initial Teacher Certification.  This allows them to apply for teaching positions in New York State including New York City.

 

Instrumental Music Education students must complete the following academic music classes.

  • Music Theory I-VI: Music 173-174, 273-274, 373-374
  • Sight Singing I-IV: Music 171-172, 271-272  OR  371 and 372
  • Introduction To the Academic Study of Music: Music 101 (if required)
  • Music History I-IV: Music 246-247, 346-347
  • Conducting I and II: Music 270 and 370
  • Composing and arranging for school ensembles: Music 381
  • Form and analysis: Music 377

Instrumental Music Education students must complete the following music education courses:

  • Music 267: Introduction to Music Education (must precede ALL other MusEd courses, minimum B to continue as a music education major). The final exam for this class will include an interview with the music education faculty and a performance on your primary performance medium (instrument or voice) at the MINIMUM level of a solid "A" for a NYSSMA level V piece or higher.
  • Music 166: Group Instruction in Voice (3 hours/1 credit)
  • *Music 161 and 162: Group Instruction in Upper and Lower Strings (3 hours/1 credit)
  • *Music 163 (or 164): Group Instruction in Woodwinds (3 hours/1 credit)
  • *Music 167: Group Instruction in Brass (3 hours/1 credit)
  • *Music 168: Group Instruction in Percussion (3 hours/1 credit)
  • Music 269: The School Instrumental Program

*Music 161-168 should be taken before Music 269, the School Instrumental Program

  • Music 365: Seminar in Teaching Music: Elementary (3 hours/3 credits, Spring semester only)
  • Music 366: Seminar in Teaching Music: Secondary (3 hours/3 credits, Fall semester only). These courses are sequential. Music 365 MUST be taken first. Music 366 is taken immediately prior to Student Teaching (Music 369 - Spring semester only).
  • Music 369: Student Teaching (requires MINIMUM 3.0 in Music 365/366 – see Undergraduate Bulletin for other GPA requirements) – Spring only

Instrumental Music Education students must complete the following Education Courses
(SEYS: Secondary Education and Youth Services. EECE: Early Elementary and Childhood Education. ECPSE = Education and Community Programs and Special Education):

  • **SEYS 201: Contemporary Education Principles and Practices (3 hours/3 credits). Required by the Division of Education
  • **SEYS 221: Human Development & Learning I (3 hours/3 credits)
  • **EECE 310: Children in Cultural Contexts I: Child Development (3 hours, 3 credits)
  • **EECE 340: The Early Development of Language and Literacy (3 hours, 3 credits) OR
    • **SEYS 340: Language, Literacy and Culture in Education (3 hours, 3 credits)
  • ECPSE 350: Foundations of Special Education (taken concurrently with Music 366)

** All education courses require weekly observation/attendance visits at an elementary and/or secondary school

Special note: Any piano or guitar majors wishing to teach Instrumental Music must minor on a second instrument of the level of being able to perform with either the Orchestra or Wind Ensemble. Such students will be required to perform with either organization for a minimum of four (4) semesters. These students may elect to sing with choral groups for the remaining four semesters.

A series of Sophomore, Junior and Senior Keyboard Proficiency Exams for all music education students is now in effect. Repertoire lists and copies of acceptable pieces are available in the Music Library. No student will be recommended for certification without passing these exams. The Sophomore exam  must be passed before taking MUS 365. The junior exam must be passed before taking MUS 366.  No student will receive a grade in Student Teaching until the Senior exam is passed. Exams will be given in the spring semester each year only.

In compliance with New York State Certification and Queens College requirements the student must complete the following non-credit requirements:

  1. attend a drug abuse seminar
  2. attend a child abuse seminar
  3. attend a seminar on School Violence and Intervention
  4. attend a seminar on School Safety
  5. pass The New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (LAST, ATS-W and CST)

Students who satisfactorily complete the course of study above will be granted Initial Teacher Certification. This allows them to apply for teaching positions in New York State including New York City.

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