Music Education (K-12), Bachelor of Science

124 credits

Students who choose to major in Music Education become prepared to teach and supervise vocal, instrumental, and general music from kindergarten through grade 12. This program is certified at both the state and national level by the New Hampshire Department of Education and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Graduates who complete this major are eligible for K-12 teacher certification in the state of New Hampshire. Because of New Hampshire’s membership in the Interstate Certification Contract, Plymouth graduates are eligible to earn a certificate or license in another Contract state upon application to that state’s department of education. For further information, please see the Teacher Education and Clinical Experiences section.

Students in this program are required to present a senior solo recital that must be completed prior to the semester in which they are student teaching. Music Education majors may request permission to receive private instruction on a second instrument.

To be approved for Student Teaching, students must have completed all departmental course requirements through the third year and have at least a 2.50 cumulative grade point average. They also must have passed the level-change jury exam allowing them to study at the 4000 level on their major instrument. Students who do not pass the examination must retake it until it is successfully completed. Student Teaching requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50 and a 2.70 composite grade point average (see Student Teaching course description).

The progress and dispositions of both candidates and aspiring candidates toward teacher certification in Music Education, and an eventual career in the field, is assessed periodically by the Music faculty; see Road to Teacher Certification in the Teacher Education and Clinical Experiences section of this Catalog. Students who are withdrawn from the BS program in Music Education because of failure to meet these standards will be given the opportunity to complete the BA Music degree, Contract option.

All teacher certification candidates who interact with students in public school settings through course-related field experiences, including Student Teaching, are subject to New Hampshire law that requires all persons who come into contact with pupils on a regular basis for a period of time to undergo a full disclosure criminal records check, including fingerprinting. The processing of the criminal records check is conducted at the site school before the field experience begins. The fee for this processing is the responsibility of the teacher candidate and is paid directly to the school district. Each new site will require a separate fingerprinting and background check.

In order for teacher candidates to participate in field experiences in diverse settings that are essential for their development as teachers, teacher candidates must be willing and able to travel outside of the Plymouth area beyond walking distances. All teacher candidates should plan for and be able to secure their own transportation by the junior year.

Degree Requirements


ME 1100 Introduction to Music Education (WECO) 3
ME 1200 Voice Class I 1
ME 2010 Choral Lab 0
ME 2020 Instrumental Lab 0
ME 2150 String Class 1
ME 3110 Elementary School Music Methods 3
ME 3130 Woodwinds I 1
ME 3140 Woodwinds II 1
ME 3160 Percussion Class 1
ME 3210 Upper Brass Techniques 1
ME 3220 Lower Brass Techniques 1
ME 3500 Technology for Music Educators (TECO) 3
ME 4200 Secondary School Music Methods 3
ME 4500 Senior Recital: Music Education 0
Conducting Elective - complete one of the following: 2
ME 3250 Choral Conducting
ME 3260 Instrumental Conducting
Literature and Techniques Elective - complete one of the following: 2
ME 3340 Choral Literature and Techniques
ME 3350 Instrumental Literature and Techniques
Student Teaching - complete ME 4850 or (ME 4860 and ME 4870): 12
ME 4850 Kindergarten Through Grade 12 Student Teaching
ME 4860 Student Teaching K-12: Elementary Component
ME 4870 Student Teaching K-12: Secondary Component
MU 1150 Piano Class I 1
MU 1160 Piano Class II 1
MU 1210 Musicianship I 4
MU 1220 Musicianship II 4
MU 2210 Musicianship III 3
MU 2220 Musicianship IV 3
MU 2230 Piano Class III 1
MU 2240 Piano Class IV 1
MU 2260 Basic Conducting 2
MU 3250 Global Jazz (DICO) (GACO) 3
MU 3310 History and Literature of Music I 3
MU 3320 History and Literature of Music II (INCO) (WRCO) 3
MU Ensembles [not MUDI] 7
MU Performance Studies (two enrollments each at the 1000, 2000, 3000 levels; one enrollment at the 4000 level) [not MUDI] 14
CD 3000 Philosophical and Historical Perspectives on the Child in Society (INCO) (WRCO) 3
Psychology Elective - complete one of the following: 3
PS 3100 Adolescent Psychology
PS 3170 Child Development
PS 3190 Development and Understanding (WECO)
PS 3250 Cognitive Development
Special Education Elective - complete one of the following: 3
SE 2080 Children with Disabilities
SE 3090 Introduction to Special Education: Middle and Secondary
Quantitative Reasoning in the Discipline Connection - complete one of the following: 3
MA 1500 Mathematics and the Humanities (QRCO)
MA 2200 Finite Mathematics (QRCO)
MA 2300 Statistics I (QRCO)
General Education:
EN 1200 Composition 3
IS 1111 The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry 3
MA Mathematics Foundations 3
PPDI Past and Present Directions 6
SIDI Scientific Inquiry Directions 6
SSDI Self and Society Directions 6

Piano majors substitute MU 3070/3080 for MU 1150/1160 and MU 2230/2240. Voice majors substitute MU 4280 for ME 1200. Students may omit methods classes in their Performance Studies area. MU 1160 requires a minimum grade of C in MU 1150. MU 1220 requires a minimum grade of C in MU 1210. MU 2210 requires a minimum grade of C in MU 1220. MU 2220 requires a minimum grade of C in MU 2210. MU 2230 requires a minimum grade of C in MU 1160. MU 2240 requires a minimum grade of C in MU 2230. Student Teaching requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50 and a composite grade point average of 2.70 (see Student Teaching course description).

*All course information is from the 2013-2014 Catalog.